T-bone accidents are exceptionally dangerous traffic accidents that involve one car crashing directly into the side of another and broadsiding it in the process. T-bone accidents are most common in intersections where traffic converges and where there are far more opportunities to cause serious losses.
About T-Bone Accidents in Loganville
T-bone accidents refer to those crashes where one motorist drives directly into the side of another vehicle and creates the shape of a T in the process. T-bone accidents generally happen at intersections and when vehicles are entering traffic flow from alleys, parking lots, driveways, and other inlets.
T-bone accidents are all too common and all too dangerous for the following primary reasons:
- The sides of our vehicles lack the airbag protection that they have at the front.
- The sides of our vehicles lack the crumple zones that they have at the front and the back in the form of the hood and the trunk, respectively.
- When a motorist is suddenly struck from the side, it amounts to being blindsided and robs them of the opportunity to react with a defensive move.
Common Causes of T-Bone Accidents
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) reports that side impact accidents accounted for a full 32 percent of all fatal crashes involving at least two cars in a recent year. This is second only to frontal crashes.
The primary cause of T-bone traffic accidents is driver negligence in all the following dangerous forms:
- Distraction: Distracted motorists are far less likely to notice what’s happening on the road ahead, and this includes what’s happening in intersections.
- Excess speed: When motorists are driving too fast to navigate the road safely, they decrease the time they have to make safe driving decisions, and they increase the risk that dangerous accidents like T-bones will occur.
- Impairment and exhaustion: Drowsy drivers experience impairments that are very similar to those experienced by drunk drivers, and both are more prone to cause life-threatening T-bone accidents.
In order for a T-bone accident to occur, the motorist who strikes the other vehicle on the side must have the opportunity to come at it from the side, which generally only happens in intersections. These dangerous crashes are most common in intersections that are controlled by traffic lights or stop signs, and they typically occur when a motorist fails to follow a traffic signal’s instructions adequately.
How Is Fault Determined for a T-Bone Accident in Georgia?
Every T-bone accident is unique to its own circumstances, and the fault is always determined in accordance with the evidence and surrounding facts. Generally, the motorist who T-bones the other vehicle is at-fault, but this is not always the case.
In a T-bone car accident, fault can lie with the driver that has been broadsided. If, for example, a driver flies through a red light and arrives in exactly the right spot in the intersection that a green-lighted motorist is moving through, the struck driver who blew the red light can be deemed at fault.
All of the following help to determine which driver is at fault in a T-bone accident:
- Evidence gathered at the scene
- Facts relating to the surrounding circumstances, such as the weather, visibility, and traffic flow
- Eyewitness testimony
- The knowledgeable testimony of expert witnesses
- Models that recreate the accident
- The police report
Injuries Suffered in T-Bone Accidents
The violent impact of a T-bone accident can lead to virtually any kind of injury, but some of the most common include:
- Head and neck injuries
- Soft tissue injuries, such as whiplash
- Concussions and other kinds of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Broken bones
- Burns, cuts, and abrasions
- Internal injuries, including injuries to internal organs and internal bleeding
- Spinal cord injuries
If you’ve been involved in a T-bone accident, seeking immediate medical attention is the most prudent course of action. Very serious injuries can be masked by your shock, which allows them the time they need to become both more serious and more difficult to treat successfully.
Can a Lawyer Help After Getting T-Boned?
T-bone accident claims are legally challenging, but a Loganville accident attorney can help in each of the following important ways:
- Gathering the available evidence and building a cogent claim
- Negotiating with the insurance company for full and fair compensation
- Ensuring you understand the legal process and that you protect yourself within it – for example, you are not required to make a statement about the accident to the insurance company, and it’s to your advantage not to do so
- Being fully prepared to file a lawsuit against the insurance company if it comes to that – in defense of your rights and in focused pursuit of your rightful compensation
Contact An Experienced Loganville T-Bone Accident Lawyer
The team at Larrison Law Firm Auto Accident and Personal Injury Attorneys have an impressive track record of serving the people of Loganville, Georgia. We care about your claim, and we’re committed to forcefully advocating for its most beneficial conclusion.
For more information about what we can do to help you, please contact us through our form or call us at 770-554-8100 today.
Car Accident Case FAQs
Do I need an attorney?
To fully protect your rights and your rightful compensation, it is always in your best interest to have an attorney.
What is the statute of limitations for a car accident in Georgia?
The statute of limitations refers to the amount of time you have to file a lawsuit against the at-fault driver’s insurance provider, and in Georgia, it is two years from the date of the T-bone accident.
What if I share fault for the T-bone accident?
As long as you are not more than 50 percent at fault, you can seek the percentage of compensation for which the other driver is responsible.