Side impact collisions, also known as T-bone accidents, are among the most dangerous kinds of car accidents. Not only are they sudden and unanticipated, but they also often occur at higher speeds, so most are severe enough to cause serious injuries or fatalities. Perhaps this is due to the fact that most cars are better equipped with front and rear-impact safety features, rather than side collision safety features. This is especially true in older make and model vehicles that lack air bags, entirely. Even cars that are equipped with side impact protection, like side airbags and reinforced glass, are not always safe enough to protect passengers and drivers from sustaining physical injuries in a T-bone accident.
In addition to the severity of T-bone accidents, there is an unfortunate misconception that whoever collides into the other vehicle is to blame for the accident. But this is not always the case. Continue reading to learn who is at fault in a side impact car accident, and what you can do as a victim to collect compensation for your damages.
Determining At- Fault Parties in T-Bone Accidents
Just because Driver A collides into Driver B in a side impact collision does not automatically mean Driver A is to blame. There are many cases of T-bone accidents in which Driver B is to blame, both drivers are partially to blame, and neither driver is to blame. Various factors surrounding the accident will determine which party is at fault for a side impact car accident.
To understand how fault is determined in such cases, here are two common scenarios of what causes T-bone accidents:
⚈ Example 1 – While Driver A has the right of way through an intersection, they collide into the side of Driver B. Driver B is at fault because they violated the right of way, either by running a stop sign or a red light.
⚉ Example 2 – While Driver A has the right of way through an intersection, Driver B collides into them. Driver B is at fault because they violated the right of way, either by running a red light or failing to stop at a stop sign.
These are just basic examples. In real life scenarios, side impact car accidents require extensive investigation, and usually involve several other factors, such as traffic light programming, road signs, roadway maintenance, weather conditions, intoxication, and more. There are generally many layers to a T-bone accident, which is why it is vital for victims to retain experienced personal injury representation.
A skilled accident lawyer can recover the full and fair compensation car accident victims deserve. Whether you have lost a loved one in a wrongful death car accident, or you have suffered serious injuries and losses as a result of your own car accident, contact a licensed personal injury attorney as soon as possible to protect your rights to compensation.
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Contact Carl Brizzi LAW at 317-636-7497 to schedule a no-cost case evaluation with one of our seasoned and local personal injury lawyers about your car or truck accident claim in Indianapolis, Indiana. We are eager to help you recover the full and fair compensation you deserve after being wrongfully injured in a motor vehicle accident, whether as a driver, passenger, cyclist, or pedestrian.
We offer free initial consultations and never collect lawyer fees unless we recover for you. Furthermore, our accident lawyers represent injured persons throughout Indiana, as well as the surviving dependents in wrongful death and medical malpractice cases.
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