T-bone accidents, also known as side-impact collisions, can cause devastating injuries. In a T-bone collision, the front of a vehicle collides with the side of another vehicle at a right angle, forming the shape of the letter “T.” The force of impact can result in subsequent collisions, causing the T-boned vehicle to collide with other vehicles, pedestrians, and stationary objects.
Discuss Your Case with a T-Bone Accident Attorney in California
If you or your loved person has been seriously injured in a T-bone collision in California, you’ll benefit from an experienced car accident attorney. The personal injury attorneys at Saeedian Law Group are here to help you review your case, discuss your legal options, and provide advocacy at every stage of the process. Contact Saeedian Law Group today to schedule your free initial consultation.
T-bone Accidents Can Cause Serious Injuries
T-bone accidents can be fatal because they tend to push the broadside of a vehicle outside its lane and into oncoming traffic, guard rails, or off the road entirely. The vehicle that is hit can begin spinning around, causing additional collisions. In other cases, the impact could cause the vehicle to spin out of control, roll over, or collide with an oncoming vehicle. When an oncoming semi-truck collides with a victim’s vehicle at high speeds, the impact can cause fatalities.
Most modern vehicles have side-impact airbags and will crumple upon impact to protect the occupants. Still, these safety features are no match for a large colliding vehicle traveling at high speeds. There is no trunk or hood between the approaching vehicle and the occupant. Some of the injuries caused by T-bone accidents include the following:
- Spinal cord injuries that resulted in partial or complete paralysis
- Injuries to the neck or head, such as whiplash
- Broken bones
- Lacerations or burns to the face, head, or body
- Internal injuries
- Penetrating injuries, such as a punctured lung
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
How Do T-bone Accidents Happen?
Most T-bone accidents occur at intersections when a driver fails to yield the right-of-way. One vehicle may pass through a red light or stop sign without stopping, colliding with another driver’s passenger side. However, T-bone accidents are limited to intersections. They can happen anywhere and frequently happen on rural roads. For example, a driver may pull out of a driveway without seeing an oncoming car. The oncoming car may collide with the driver’s passenger or driver’s side at a right angle. Other accidents occur on the freeway due to wrong-way drivers.
Who Is At Fault?
Side-impact collisions are usually caused by one or more drivers’ negligent or reckless behavior. When a driver makes a sudden lane change in front of another driver, a sudden impact can occur. In addition to negligent lane changes, other factors can result in T-bone accidents, including:
- Failure to obey traffic laws, including failure to yield the right away
- Driving while intoxicated by alcohol and/or drugs
- Falling asleep at the wheel or fatigued driving
- Distracted driving
- Failure to stop at a stop sign or stop light
- Intentionally running traffic lights
- Making an illegal turn
- Turning left in front of oncoming traffic
- Defective car parts
- Damaged or poorly maintained roadways
- Broken or missing traffic signals or signs
To recover compensation for your injuries, you must show that the at-fault driver’s negligence caused the T-bone accident that resulted in your injuries. In California, all drivers on the road have a legal duty to drive reasonably under the circumstances. When they fail to drive reasonably, they breach their duty of care and can be held liable for any injuries caused by their negligence.
The attorneys at Saeedian Law Group will carefully investigate your case to determine which party or parties are at fault. We will begin gathering evidence, interviewing witnesses, and creating an effective legal strategy to obtain the total amount of compensation you deserve.
Obtaining Compensation After a California T-bone Collision
Many of the injuries caused by T-bone accidents can lead to chronic physical and mental difficulties. Victims may not be able to participate in the activities they once enjoyed or return to work, making it difficult to pay their medical bills.
The personal injury attorneys at Saeedian Law Group have the experience to carefully determine the full extent of your past, current, and future expenses. If you’ve been severely injured, we can work with medical and financial experts to predict all the expenses you incur. Our auto accident attorneys will pursue all of the compensation you deserve for damages such as:
- Medical expenses, including hospital fees, rehabilitation, prescriptions, and more
- Property damage to your vehicle
- Loss of income due to time off from work
- Loss of future income, earning potential, and employment opportunity
- Past, current, and future medical expenses
- The cost of personal care and services
- Emotional trauma and stress
- Physical pain and suffering
- Scarring, disfigurement, and permanent disabilities
- Loss of enjoyment of life, companionship, and intimate relationships
Wrongful Death Claims
T-bone collisions on highways and involving high speeds can result in fatalities. If you have lost your loved one in a T-bone accident caused by another driver’s negligence, you may have the legal right to pursue compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit. While nothing can bring your loved one back, pursuing a wrongful death claim can help you and your family cover the costs of your loved one’s past medical bills, loss of income, funeral and burial expenses, and pain and suffering.
Contact a Skilled Auto Accident Attorney Today
When you work with Saeedian Law Group after a T-bone accident, you can rest assured that we will protect your legal rights while pursuing the most compensation possible in your case. After investigating your case thoroughly, we will determine the total value of your injuries and begin negotiating aggressively with the insurance company or defendant. The sooner you discuss your case with us, the sooner we can begin fighting for your rights. Contact Saeedian Law Group today to schedule a free case evaluation.