The common causes of T-bone car accidents include:
- Failing to yield the right-of-way at an intersection
- Failing to make a safe left turn
- Failing to stop at a red light or stop sign
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Vehicle malfunction
- Inclement weather
- Road hazards or poorly designed roadways
Although driving rules are clear about many of these issues, an unfortunate number of drivers make careless decisions or fail to pay attention behind the wheel. Distracted driving is a significant cause of many of the injury accidents that happen on our roadways.
In 2017 alone, nearly 14,000 Ohio drivers crashed because they were distracted by their cell phones, according to data the Ohio Department of Public Safety (ODPS) highlights.
Distracted driving can include several activities. In general, it is anything that takes the driver’s attention away from driving. This can include texting, surfing social media, emailing, or talking on the phone. Distracted driving does not always involve a cellphone. It can also involve eating and drinking, talking to passengers, adjusting the radio, pets in the car, or children.
These are just a few examples of how T-bone accidents happen. Even if you were injured in some other type of T-bone accident, you may still be entitled to compensation from the party who caused the accident.
Proving Fault in A T-Bone Accident
Although some people think the driver of the vehicle who collided with the other vehicle is automatically at-fault in a T-bone accident, this is not always the case. Some T-bone accidents can be complicated, and it is not always clear who is liable. In fact, there can be some situations where both parties acted carelessly at the time of the crash and are both at fault.
To prove someone owes you compensation after a T-bone accident, you must show they drove their vehicle negligently. This standard has four elements that you must prove:
- The other driver owed you a duty to drive with reasonable care and skill.
- The other driver did not operate their motor vehicle according to this standard.
- You were injured as a direct result.
- You suffered damages such as injuries or lost wages.
Because T-bone accidents often happen quickly and with little warning, it can be hard to put the pieces together. This is where working with expert witnesses can assist you in proving what you need to prove to receive compensation. An accident reconstructionist expert can consider all the available evidence and reconstruct the sequences of events leading up to the crash, for example.
A Lawyer Can Handle Many Aspects of Your Case
Your lawyer will work diligently to gather evidence to show the other party is to blame for the accident. This can include eyewitness testimony, video surveillance, photographs, a police report, and more.
If someone failed to yield the right-of-way at a stop sign, for example, there might be other witnesses who can testify about how the other vehicle failed to stop before entering the intersection. If you need to prove the other driver was using their cellphone at the time of the accident, your lawyer can assist with this, too.
Other services your lawyer can provide include responding to daily communications about your case, appearing at trial on your behalf, preparing you to have your deposition taken if necessary, working on a settlement if you decide to pursue one, protecting your rights against an insurance company, and more.
Contact The Fitch Law Firm LLC Today
If you were hurt in a T-bone accident in the Columbus area, do not wait to learn more about your legal rights and options. You can take advantage of a free consultation with The Fitch Law Firm LLC by calling (614) 545-3930.
During this consultation, you can explain what happened, how you were injured, and other key aspects of the situation. You can also ask questions about how the legal process works and whether an attorney may be able to assist you.