While not as deadly as head-on collisions or rollovers, T-bone crashes caused about 17 percent of all auto accident fatalities in 2015, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. T-bone accidents occur when one vehicle smashes into the side of another vehicle, roughly creating the shape of a T. They are also known as broadside or side collisions.
If you are involved in a T-bone crash, it’s highly likely you will sustain serious injuries. You may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, physical therapy, pain and suffering, and lost wages if you are unable to work for a time.
Here’s what you need to know to ensure you’re doing everything in your best interest in a personal injury claim.
Consulting an attorney in T-bone accident cases
If you were involved in a T-bone accident and believe you were not to blame for the accident, you may find it difficult to prove. In Arizona, which follows the legal doctrine of “pure comparative negligence,” you can receive compensation based on the degree you were at fault in a collision. For example, if 30 percent of the accident is your fault, you can receive 70 percent compensation.
Because these cases can be complicated, it is wise to consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer to learn about your options and to build the strongest case possible.
An attorney can investigate and recreate the scene of the accident by obtaining police reports, witness accounts, and even the vehicle’s black box. Your lawyer will also handle all the communication with the insurance companies and the other driver’s attorney. So you can focus on healing and getting back to your life.
The Lamber-Goodnow Personal Injury Law Team offers free consultations to people who have been involved in auto accidents. We only get paid if you get paid.