Who Is at Fault in a T-Bone Accident?

by | Jul 26, 2022 | blog, T-Bone Accident

219.200.2000

1,750+

Trusting Clients

$21.5 m

Won in Settlements

99%

Cases Won

1hr

Free Consultation

Table Of Contents

Who Is at Fault in a T-Bone Accident?

A T-bone accident occurs when the front of one vehicle strikes the side of another, forming the shape of a “T” at the point of impact. The question who is at fault in a T-bone accident depends on the particular facts of the case.

Indeed, a T-bone crash can happen at intersections when one driver ignores a stop sign or red traffic light and drives through the intersection. At the same time, another car or truck, which has the green light, crosses the intersection.

Additionally, a bad judgment call on running a red light can also cause a T-bone car accident.

As another example, one car could make a left turn into an intersection in front of oncoming traffic.

In addition, T-bone accidents happen in parking lots. A driver could back out of a parking space, for instance, when another vehicle comes along and hits the side of the car.

Lastly, T-bone accidents can also occur on a highway. For instance, a car could be speeding when the driver applies the brakes and goes into a skid. As the car is skidding along the highway, it turns sideways. That car could then have a side impact collision with another car on the highway.

What Determines Fault in a T-Bone Accident?

Various factors can determine who is at fault in a T-Bone accident case. For instance, was a driver speeding through a red light when he T-boned a car crossing the intersection?

Or did someone make a left turn into an intersection and misjudge the speed of the oncoming traffic?

Did alcohol or drug use impair one driver?

Was a driver distracted by talking on a cell phone and didn’t see the stop sign?

All these questions, and many more, can be investigated and answered by an experienced T-bone accident attorney.

Certainly, T-bone Accidents Can Be Devastating

Many of the safety features on our cars protect drivers and passengers from front and rear-end collisions. However, if a car gets in a T-bone collision, there is little protection for the driver and passengers in that car.

Depending on the circumstances of the accident, any of the drivers in a T-bone collision can be held liable for the accident.

What Should You Do if You Get in a T-bone collision?

If you are injured, immediately see a doctor. Even if you have minor injuries, seek medical care. Remember, minor injuries to T-bone accident victims can become major injuries if not treated promptly.

In fact, some injuries to T-bone accident victims may not show symptoms for hours or days after the accident.

Be sure to tell your doctor all your injuries, no matter how minor they may appear to you.

If you can, take pictures of the accident scene. Additionally, take pictures of the damage to your car and any other vehicles involved in the accident.

You should also get contact information for other drivers and witnesses. Of course, you will exchange information with the other drivers, such as license, insurance and registration details.

You should call the police to report the accident. Your insurance company will want a copy of the police report.

You should notify your insurance company as soon as you can. Indeed, the company may require notice within a specified time.

Lastly, if you have been injured, immediately contact an experienced Indiana T-bone accident lawyer. Indiana, as every other state, has specified periods within which injured persons must file personal injury lawsuits (two years from the accident; if a minor, two years from when the minor turns 18).

Don’t wait; you may get a call within days or weeks from the other driver’s insurance company. Certainly, you don’t want to talk to them until you have spoken to an experienced Indiana car accident lawyer.

What Types Injuries Happen in a T-Bone Accident?

As noted above, injuries in T-bone car accidents can be particularly serious, especially for the driver and riders in the car that is hit broadside. Below are several of the injuries that T-bone accidents cause:

  • Soft tissue

  • Bruises, lacerations

  • Bone fractures

  • Road rash

  • Concussions, head injuries

  • Shoulder, back and neck sprains/strains

  • Damage to internal organs

  • Brain injuries, including traumatic brain injury

  • Amputations of limbs

  • Spinal cord/paralysis

  • Wrongful death

Serious injuries that T-bone accidents cause can mean hospitalization for days or weeks. Additionally, once the hospital releases the injured person, she will have multiple follow-up visits with a doctor.

Lastly, people who get a T-bone accident injury may also need multiple visits for physical therapy.

What Are My Damages in a T-Bone Accident Case?

There are multiple damage claims you can make in a T-bone accident case:

Medical expenses

You may seek compensation to recover all your medical bills (even those for which insurance paid).

Lost wages

As part of your T-bone accident claim, you may recover the wages you lost because you had to miss work because of the accident.

Pain and suffering

This type of damage is subjective. Nonetheless, it is widely recognized in personal injury law. As a result, you can tell the jury how badly your neck sprain hurts you.

In addition, you can tell the jury how you got chiropractic treatment for weeks and you still have pain and stiffness in your neck. That is pain and suffering.

Disability

Furthermore, you can tell the jury about the lingering injuries you have and how they affect you. Perhaps you work in a warehouse and are required to lift or move boxes and other bulky items. But your neck injury interferes with that. You can tell that to the jury about.

Future medical treatment

If you suffered a head injury or compound fracture of a limb, you may need medical and physical therapy treatment for the foreseeable future. You (and your doctor) can tell the jury about your expected future treatment.

Loss of consortium

If a T-bone accident killed or severely injured your spouse, the jury can compensate you for losing the affection, advice and companionship spouses show to each other.

Personal injury law recognizes this claim. It is called the loss of consortium.

What is My T-Bone Accident Case Worth?

It all depends. Who caused the accident? Were you partially at fault? Can you prove the other driver solely caused the accident?

How bad are your injuries? Are the settlement offers from the insurance company fair?

In short, you will need legal advice from an experienced personal injury lawyer to answer these and other questions.

Experienced and Knowledgeable T-Bone Accident Injury Attorney Lawyer

If a T-bone accident caused by a driver’s negligence injures you, a close friend or a loved one, you need an experienced car accident lawyer. A lawyer who will fight to get you the compensation you deserve.

You need an experienced personal injury attorney who will collect evidence to support your claims. He will hire whatever liability and medical experts you need to prove your case. He will be sure the negligent driver’s insurance company fully compensates you for your injuries.

Contact us at our Hammond office at 219-200-2000 or online at alexmendozalaw.com for a free consultation.

Let’s Together

Recent Accident Blogs

What Are Intentional Torts and Can You Sue for One?

What Are Intentional Torts and Can You Sue for One?

Table Of Contents What Are Intentional Torts and Can You Sue for One? Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress Then There's the Insurance Issue If Someone's Negligence Injured You, You Need to Hire an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney What Are Intentional Torts...

Should I File a Car Accident Lawsuit?

Should I File a Car Accident Lawsuit?

Table Of Contents Should I File a Car Accident Lawsuit? Don't Wait to File a Lawsuit How Much Money Will the Insurance Company Pay to Settle My Case? Experienced and Knowledgeable Indiana Car Accident Lawyer Should I File a Car Accident Lawsuit? If a car accident...

Can You Sue a Doctor for Misdiagnosis?

Can You Sue a Doctor for Misdiagnosis?

Table Of Contents Can You Sue a Doctor for Misdiagnosis? What is Misdiagnosis? Common Misdiagnoses What Injuries Can Result from a Misdiagnosis? How Do You Prove Misdiagnosis? Remember-There May Be Statute of Limitations Issues Concerning Medical Malpractice Claims...

Commercial Truck Licenses and Certifications

Commercial Truck Licenses and Certifications

Table Of Contents Commercial Truck Licenses and Certifications How Do You Get a CDL? Class A CDL Licenses Class B CDL Licenses Class C CDL Licenses CDL Endorsements H Endorsement N Endorsement P Endorsement S Endorsement T Endorsement X Endorsement Do CDL holders Get...

Should I Call 911 After a Car Accident?

Should I Call 911 After a Car Accident?

Table Of Contents Should I Call 911 After a Car Accident? What if One or More Cars Are Blocking Traffic? What If the Other Driver Shows Signs of Intoxication? Experienced and Knowledgeable Motor Vehicle Accident Attorney Law Should I Call 911 After a Car Accident?...

What Is the Burden of Proof in a Civil Case?

What Is the Burden of Proof in a Civil Case?

Table Of Contents What Is the Burden of Proof in a Civil Case? What Is the Evidence Standard of Proof in Negligence Cases? How Does a Plaintiff Satisfy the Burden of Proof in a Negligence Case? What Does a Defendant Have to Prove In Civil Litigation? If Someone's...

Free Consultations

FAQ

alex mendoza personal injury attorney award
Why Do I Need An Attorney?

At Alex Mendoza Law, we value our clients. In other words, we believe life is sacred. We believe your health is invaluable and sometimes irreversible. And we believe that you deserve a fierce, passionate and determined legal team. While the insurance company may just see you as a greedy person taking advantage of the system, we know that’s not true.

<h3>Fierce, Passionate, and Determined</h3>
At Alex Mendoza Law, LLC, our lawyers are always looking for ways to get an edge over the competition. In fact, when we’re not in the office working hard on your case, we’re attending the top plaintiff lawyer conferences in the country; Or we are studying the research by experts in the field to learn the psychology behind what motivates jurors to do right by plaintiffs.  In short, it means we go into every single personal injury case with a game-plan that works. So, let’s discuss your case and get you connected today.

Who Are Our Clients?
We don’t represent malingerers, fakers, or cry-babies. If we’ve taken your case, it’s because you’re injured and truly hurt, physically and emotionally. So, when you’ve been permanently injured because of someone else’s negligence, we’ll make them pay. For this reason, we won’t back down until we’ve gotten you a fair settlement or go to trial. Yes, our job is to get you money. But, it’s not only about the money. It’s about making them pay for what they’ve done. It’s about holding them accountable and upholding the laws that keep our community safe. In fact, that’s what justice is all about. Remember, we’re passionate about what we do, and we’re good at it. So consider working with us and give us a call at 219.200.2000.
What Kind of Cases Do You Handle?

Alex Mendoza Law handles automobile, motorcycle, and semi-truck collisions, slip and falls, and sexual abuse cases. If you’ve been injured or harmed, physically or mentally, because of someone else’s negligence or intentional conduct, let us help! Our skilled attorneys are licensed in Indiana and Illinois, with offices conveniently located in Hammond, Indiana, and downtown Chicago, in the loop. Learn more about our firm, and look at our Google business page to see dozens of reviews from satisfied clients.

Phone

Business Hours

Mon – Fri : 9:00 – 5:00 PM
Sat – Sun: Closed
mendoza attorneys Law Logo

At Alex Mendoza Law, LLC, our lawyers are always looking for ways to get an edge over the competition. Whether in the office or in the courtroom, we are working hard on your case.

Injury Law Menu
personal-injuiry-attorney-hammond
Call IN: 219.200.2000

Illinois and Indiana