T-Bone Car Accident Injury Claims in California
T-bone car collisions involve one car striking the side of another car and these accidents typically occur at an intersection because one vehicle didn't yield the right way in violation of California traffic laws.
Further, T-bone car accidents also happen because a driver ran a red light or attempted to cross lanes in front of oncoming traffic.
If you are the cause of a T-bone accident, then you are liable for the damages to the other vehicle and any injuries that were suffered to the driver or passengers.
If someone is involved in a car accident on the road, they might be eligible to receive compensation for any resulting injuries.
While some T-bone accident injuries can be minor, many injuries sustained are very serious and can even result in someone's death.
It is important to have an experienced personal injury attorney helping you with your car accident injury case, as the complexity of these cases is often too much to handle on your own.
What is a T-Bone Accident?
T-bone accidents occur when one car drives into the side of another vehicle, usually causing serious injury and even death.
These accidents often happen at intersections or along roadways when people are attempting to change lanes. T-bone accidents are also known as broadside collisions or side-impact collisions.
The driver who is hit on the side of their vehicle is often the most at risk for serious injury and death.
Side-impact collisions are way more dangerous than regular accidents due to the fact they have a much higher chance in catastrophic injuries and death.
In a T-bone accident, the only thing separating the occupants from the colliding vehicle are a door and a window.
Even though most recent cars have side-impact airbags to protect passengers, T-bone accidents are still very deadly, especially when they occur at high speeds.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there are approximately 8,000 people are killed each year in T-bone accidents in the United States, and many thousands more suffer severe injuries.
Common Causes of T-Bone Accidents
T-bone accidents are especially dangerous and are caused by many factors, including defective traffic lights, unclear signs, or faulty vehicle safety mechanisms.
While it is possible that a product defect can lead to a T-bone accident, most accidents are caused by the actions of a bad or careless driver and can include:
- failing to obey a stop sign,
- running a red light,
- drunk driving,
- driving and texting,
- driving while under the influence of a controlled substance,
- distracted driving.
These are just some of the common causes of T-bone accidents. Your accident may have other circumstances that led to your injuries.
Common Injuries from a T-Bone Accident
Drivers and passengers who are involved in a T-bone accident frequently suffer serious injuries because the side of the vehicle caves in. The most common injuries that occur in T-bone crashes include:
- chest injuries,
- injuries to lower extremities,
- head injuries,
- abdomen or pelvis injuries,
- spinal injuries,
- broken bones,
- severed limbs,
- traumatic brain injuries,
- rib fractures,
- abrasion and contusions,
- lung injuries.
In the more serious and tragic T-bone accidents, they can be fatal.
Who Can I Sue for a T-Bone Accident Injury?
A common starting point for any car accident lawsuit is to assess the other driver's actions and determine if they were at fault for the accident.
If you are injured in a T-bone accident, you can file a lawsuit under California's negligence laws.
To be successful in a negligence claim for injuries sustained in a T-bone accident, you will have to prove the following elements:
- the other driver owed you a duty of care;
- the other driver negligently breached that duty of care;
- The other driver's negligence was a substantial factor in the accident and resulting injuries; and
- The injuries incurred money damages.
The duty of care in car accident cases requires drivers to obey all traffic laws and drive with reasonable care to ensure the safety of everyone on the road. If you are partially at fault for the accident, then you can still file a lawsuit.
However, your compensation can be reduced by the amount you were at fault under California's comparative fault standard.
For example, if a court determines that you are 25% at fault for the accident, your potential compensation will be reduced by 25%.
What Types of Compensation Are Available for T-Bone Accident Injuries?
If you are injured in a T-bone accident, then you may be eligible to be compensated for both economic and non-economic damages.
Economic damages are the type of damages that are meant to cover direct costs incurred due to an injury, including:
- medical bills,
- lost earnings,
- vehicle damage,
- loss of future wages,
- physical therapy,
- future care costs,
- medication costs.
Economic damages are typically fairly straightforward to calculate and can be determined by adding up the current and future injury expenses related to the accident.
Determining the correct amount of non-economic damages can prove trickier, as non-economic damages are damages that are awarded to compensate an injury victim for other difficulties that result from a T-bone accident injury, including:
- pain and suffering,
- mental anguish,
- loss of enjoyment of life,
- loss of companionship,
To determine the suitable amount of non-economic damages that an injury victim should be awarded, a court will assess how an injury victim's life has been significantly and permanently altered by the accident.
Non-economic damages are more commonly awarded in cases where the victim has suffered permanent or life-changing injuries.
If you have questions about the potential compensation for injuries suffered in a T-bone accident, then give us a call to learn how we can help you!
Get Assistance from a California Car Accident Injury Lawyer
Injuries suffered in a side-impact collision are frequently severe, and T-Bone accident victims have to deal with lingering pain, medical bills, lost wages and other economic damages.
This is the primary reason you need to get legal advice and representation from an experienced car accident injury lawyer.
At the Injury Justice Law Firm, our Los Angeles personal injury lawyers have the skills and resources for achieving a successful outcome in a T-bone car accident injury case.
We will conduct an investigation to gather all relevant facts to prove the other driver's liability. If necessary, we can even use an accident reconstruction expert to support the injury claim.
Most car accident injury cases involve dealing with an insurance company. We are skilled negotiators and know how to reach fair and reasonable settlements.
We understand a T-bone car accident can be an overwhelming experience. Our legal professionals are here to help you obtain financial compensation and the medical care you need.
If you have been injured in a T-bone accident in California, then it is important that you speak to our personal injury attorney to learn your options.
Call us at (818) 781-1570 or contact us online to schedule your appointment.