Determining Fault in T-Bone Car AccidentsOctober 15, 2018
Side impact, or T-bone accidents, are one of the most common types of car accidents that occur in the United States. Depending on the circumstances of the accident, and the speed at which the vehicles were traveling, T-bone accidents can cause serious, even fatal injuries. In most cases, the driver who hit the other vehicle is at fault, but this is not always easy to prove. If you have been involved in a T-bone accident, there are several factors that need to be considered when pursuing legal action against the other driver. An experienced car accident lawyer can walk you through the claims process and ensure that your legal rights are protected.
T-bone accidents often occur at intersections when one driver runs through a red light, hitting the vehicle that had the right of way. They can also occur when a driver cuts off another motorist as he or she is making a left turn, causing that person to hit the passenger side of the car. T-bone accidents can be particularly dangerous because there is little protecting the victim from the force of the impact, other than the door and the window. As a result, the injuries can be severe. In fact, T-bone accidents are responsible for up to 10,000 fatalities each year in the United States.
Important Factors to Consider When Pursuing Legal Action
When determining fault in a T-bone accident, there are instances when driver error is obvious, like when a motorist runs through a red light. Other times, the driver who hit you may claim that you were at fault. Keep the following in mind if you are the victim of a T-bone accident:
- Steps to take immediately following an accident: Like any traffic accident, it is crucial that you call 911 so that police will be called to the scene of the accident and file a police report. Exchange contact information with the other driver, as well as any witnesses who may have seen the crash. Do not apologize to the other driver as this may be interpreted as admitting fault. If you are physically able, take pictures of the accident scene.
- Traffic Signals Can Provide Valuable Information: If the accident occurred at an intersection with a traffic signal that is equipped with a camera, this can help prove fault. Additionally, if the exact time of the accident is compared to the pattern of light changes, you may be able to prove that the other driver ran a red light.
- Vehicle Defects: If the other driver’s vehicle had a defective part, such as faulty brakes or tires, several parties may be considered at fault, including the driver, the auto manufacturer, or the shop that inspected or fixed the part.
Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Represent Victims of T-Bone Accidents
If you have been injured in a T-bone accident, you are urged to contact the Baltimore car accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton at your earliest convenience. We will determine who is responsible for causing the accident and obtain the maximum financial compensation you deserve for your injuries. To schedule a free, confidential consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
Our offices are located in Baltimore, Columbia, Glen Burnie, and Towson, allowing us to represent car accident victims in Maryland, including those in Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Harford County, Howard County, Montgomery County, Maryland’s Western Counties, Prince George’s County, Queen Anne’s County, Southern Maryland, and the Eastern Shore, as well as the communities of Catonsville, Essex, Halethorpe, Middle River, Rosedale, Gwynn Oak, Brooklandville, Dundalk, Pikesville, Nottingham, Windsor Mill, Lutherville, Timonium, Sparrows Point, Ridgewood, and Elkridge.