T-bone car accidents occur when one vehicle drives into the side of another. Who is at fault in a T-bone car accident varies on a case-by-case basis: in some collisions, the driver who got hit may be at fault, and in others, it is the driver whose vehicle initiated the impact. More specific examples are discussed below.
Common Causes of T-Bone Accidents
Intersections present many dangers. For example, drivers may attempt to make a turn before it is safe to do so, putting themselves in the path of a driver who legally has the right of way. In this case, it is the turning driver who could be at fault.
On the other hand, drivers headed straight through an intersection can also end up in a side-impact collision if a vehicle traveling perpendicular to them decides to drive through a red light or a stop sign. In accidents like this, the driver who ignored the road sign may be found at fault.
Why do drivers make such reckless decisions? They may be in a hurry or believe that they have the right of way when they do not. Others choose to drive recklessly regardless of the risk to others (and themselves).
In all too many cases, collisions occur because of easily-avoidable risk factors. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), some common causes of risky driving behavior include:
- A cell phone or other electronic device
How to Know if You Qualify for Damages
The term “damages” often refers to money awarded to accident victims to either help them pay bills or compensate them for the physical and mental trauma of their injuries.
Damages may go by similar names, including monetary compensation and financial recovery. You may also see the terms “economic damages” and “non-economic damages” used. These are two subcategories of damages that you may qualify for, depending on the circumstances of your collision and injuries.
What Qualifies for Economic Damages?
Economic damages are the monetary impacts of the accident. You may have lost money as a result of your injuries due to:
- Missing work
- Being unable to keep your job
- Loss of earning capacity
- Loss of financial support
- Repair expenses
- Medical expenses
- Funeral expenses
What Are Considered Non-Economic Damages?
Non-economic damages are often just as important as economic damages. However, it is often tougher to put a price on factors like physical pain and emotional trauma than on the cost of getting your car repaired. You may find it helpful to hire an attorney and let them help you appraise the value of your case. Examples of non-economic damages include:
- Disfigurement or scarring
- Pain and suffering
- Reduced quality of life
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of society or companionship
How Hiring a Lawyer Can Help Your Case
You may be reluctant to hire a lawyer for several reasons. Money may be tighter than ever after the accident, or you may think that hiring legal representation is too dramatic a step. While these concerns are understandable, they do not have to stop you from getting legal help if you want it.
Regarding legal costs, many law firms will work for a contingency fee, which they take out of your recovered compensation rather than out of your pocket. You only have to pay them if and when you get your compensation.
Having an attorney represent you can bring you significant peace of mind as your case progresses. You may find it helpful—even reassuring—to have someone on your side to:
- Answer questions: Whenever you need advice, guidance, or clarification, your lawyer will be there to provide it.
- File paperwork: Submitting the right forms at the right times is crucial to a lawsuit. A lawyer can make sure it all gets done.
- Collect evidence: Surveillance footage, witness testimony, police reports, and more can help prove the validity of your case.
- Talk to the liable party: You will not need to have any direct contact with the party who caused your accident or their representatives.
- Advocate for you: From the negotiating table to the courtroom, your lawyer will fight hard for the money—and the justice—that you deserve.
Speak with a Car Accident Attorney Today for FREE
If you or a loved one was involved in a side-impact collision, call the Fitch Law Firm LLC. We can help you prove who is at fault in your T-bone car accident and find evidence to substantiate your claim to damages when you become our client. To get started, call our Columbus office at (614) 545-3930 for a free case assessment.