T-bone car accidents—or side-impact collisions—often occur without warning and may result in severe injuries to those involved.
These are frightening accidents because the vehicles involved are usually traveling at high speeds, resulting in forceful impacts occurring in vulnerable spots of a car.
If you suffered injuries in a T-bone accident, you might be entitled to compensation for your losses. To fully understand your rights, you need to speak with a trusted personal injury attorney.
What Is a T-Bone Car Accident?
A T- bone car accident occurs when one vehicle is hit on the side by another car. The name “T-bone” comes from the cars forming a “T” formation in the collision. These crashes may also be called side-impact or broadside accidents.
Most commonly, T-bone accidents occur at intersections because one driver failed to yield to the right of way in violation of traffic laws.
A T-bone car accident may also occur when a driver runs a red light or attempts to cross lanes in front of oncoming traffic.
Liability in a T-Bone Car Accident
Determining who is at fault in a car accident, like a T-bone accident, is often not as straightforward as one may think.
Texas law applies the principle of comparative fault in personal injury cases. Comparative fault allows courts to hold each party accountable for their percentage of responsibility for an accident.
If the court finds you partially responsible for the accident, your damage award is reduced by your percentage of fault. For this reason, any number of parties may share responsibility for a T-bone car accident.
For example, the driver, the car manufacturer, an employer, or even the injured victim may share a portion of the blame and financial responsibility for an injured victim.
However, in Texas, if an injured victim is determined to hold 51% or more of the fault for the accident, they cannot recover damages.
A thorough investigation is required in a T-bone accident to determine fault.
Your personal injury attorney conducts this investigation through witness statements, photographs, and the official accident report prepared by reporting law enforcement to the scene.
Do I Have a Right to Sue If I was T-Boned in a Car Accident?
Texas law permits any car accident victim to pursue compensation for their losses. To recover, you must establish that the other driver, or other parties, were responsible for your injuries.
The ability to prove the other driver’s liability requires solid evidence of the following:
- The driver had a duty of care to drive safely,
- The driver breached this duty,
- You suffered injuries,
- The injuries you suffered were due to the driver’s breach of duty.
Contact an experienced personal injury attorney to review your case and explore your options for recovery.
What Can I Recover?
Car accidents often result in catastrophic injuries, and this is especially true in a T-boned accident. You may require expensive long-term medical treatments, in addition to the medical expenses you have already incurred. I
n Texas, recoverable compensation is divided into economic and non-economic damages.
Economic damages represent financial losses directly related to the accident. These damages include:
- Medical expenses,
- Lost wages,
- Future lost wages,
- Property damage.
Economic damages are established through invoices, pay stubs, receipts, and other tangible evidence. They are typically easy to calculate based on known past and future expenses.
Non-economic damages represent physical suffering and emotional losses related to your accident.
These are intangible losses, somewhat subjective in nature, and with no set economic cost. Unsurprisingly, these vary from person to person and are more difficult to prove.
Non-economic damages include the following:
- Emotional distress,
- Pain and suffering, and
- Loss of companionship.
Non-economic damages often provide the most relief for injured victims as they relate to the emotional consequences of your injuries. However, proving these damages requires the assistance of a qualified personal injury attorney.
The lawyers of Armstrong, Lee & Baker draw on a diverse and robust body of experience to provide the highest level of legal services to their clients.
We are well equipped to handle all kinds of personal injury cases, and we work diligently to pursue justice on our client’s behalf.
Contact our office today for a free consultation to find out how we can help you. Let us put our knowledge and determination to work for you.