Physical injuries are always possible when two vehicles collide. But when one vehicle strikes another at a right angle, the occupants of the vehicle getting hit are particularly vulnerable. T-bone accidents, as they are called, kill innocent motorists every year in Orange County. Negligent driving is usually to blame.
Side-impacts are a worst-case scenario. Unlike a vehicle’s front and rear, its sides are not designed to crumple and absorb the force of a crash. Safety features like seatbelts, headrests, and child car seats are also less effective in a side impact, and older vehicles may have airbags only in the front. Uncertainty regarding the cause of these accidents is another problem. In a front or rear collision, drivers often see the other vehicle approaching just prior to impact, giving them an indication of what went wrong. By contrast, drivers blindsided by a side impact may have no idea what happened.
Neale & Fhima’s Southern California personal injury lawyers have decades of experience representing T-bone accident victims. We can answer any questions you have following a side collision, and we can make sure your right to compensation is secure. Contact our office now for more information.
T-bone accidents can occur anywhere cross-traffic is present. A driver could get hit backing out of a driveway or turning left onto a main thoroughfare. Of course, of all the places where vehicles approach each other at right angles, intersections are by far the most common. This chart shows how frequently drivers make the kinds of mistakes that lead to side-impact accidents at intersections:
|County||Failure to yield||Improper turn||Disregard of signs/signals|
Source: California Highway Patrol (CHP), Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), calendar year 2016.
Liability is not always in dispute following a traffic accident. The fact that the other driver was at fault may be abundantly clear to everyone involved. If so, our attorneys can obtain an admission of liability from the insurance company and then turn their efforts to the medical side of the case. On the other hand, the other driver may claim to have done nothing wrong, or even allege that the victim was at fault. This is when identifying helpful evidence and preserving it properly become crucial.
Evidence of fault in side-impact collisions can include:
All vehicles are susceptible to side-impacts, but some do a better job than others at protecting occupants from harm. Here are three vehicles to avoid driving if you are concerned about getting hurt in a T-bone crash:
Choosing to own a vehicle that offers better protection against side impacts is prudent. However, the type of vehicle you drive will never hinder your ability to collect full compensation following an accident that was not your fault.
Side-impact collisions lead to severe injuries like traumatic brain injury (TBI) and spinal cord damage. In extreme cases, victims may be killed, either immediately upon impact or later in the hospital. As a victim or surviving family member, you have only one opportunity to obtain compensation from the responsible party. The settlement agreement must address all your losses – including difficult-to-calculate damages like pain and suffering, future medical bills, and lost earning capacity. This is not the time to gamble with your financial future by hiring an unproven law firm.
Neale & Fhima has a 35-year track record of success helping accident victims in Orange County and across Southern California. For a confidential, no-cost evaluation of your claim, call (888) 407-2955 or tell us about your case now.