Involvement in any type of motor vehicle accident is a traumatic experience that lasts far longer than the crash. However, some auto disasters can be more devastating than others, as is often the case with T-Bone Accidents. You deserve compensation if you or a loved one has suffered a severe auto accident that caused immense damage or pain and suffering.
A settlement award will always ease the financial burden and stress of being involved in a car accident by taking care of expenses that you are not responsible for.
In this article, we will explain more about common causes and injuries of t-bone accidents to demonstrate how an experienced car accident lawyer can help you secure a settlement.
What is a T-Bone Accident?
“T-Bone” is the term used for a side impact car crash where the front end of one vehicle crashes into the side of another, creating the shape of a “T”. Legal terms define it as a broadside collision that produces massive damage in the aftermath of your accident claim.
This type of side-impact collision is hazardous because the side of a vehicle has much less protection than the front or rear of the car. The car itself can absorb much of the impact in front or back-end collisions. In side-impact crashes, however, the only protection for passengers is the thin metal door of the vehicle.
Common Causes of a T-Bone Accident
Most broadside collisions are the consequence of distracted or reckless driving, and the most prolific reasons a T-Bone accident occurs are:
- Running a red light or stop sign
- Driving under the influence
- Texting or talking while driving
- Looking at a map or directions
- Falling asleep at the wheel
- Eating, drinking, or other activities
Common Injuries in a T-Bone Accident
Because most t-bone accidents are often blindsides, the unsuspecting driver cannot swerve or avoid impact. Therefore, injuries sustained are often severe in nature because the passengers receive the full impact of the oncoming vehicle.
Some common injuries that occur in T-Bone accidents are:
- Concussions and other brain injuries
- Neck injuries or Whiplash
- Spinal and Nerve injuries
- Broken bones
- Torn tissue and muscles
How to Determine a Settlement Amount
Determining the settlement amount you deserve and the insurance company is willing to pay can be tricky. An insurance adjuster will use a personal injury settlement calculator to enumerate all case facts and develop their compensation amount for you. These facts include medical bills, lost wages, property damage, and all other financial responsibilities. The adjuster will also consider the financial responsibility for future expenses, such as follow-up surgeries, ongoing physical therapy, and subsequent doctors visits.
The adjuster will then evaluate the severity of the injuries and damage sustained and assign a multiplier to the case. This multiplier will determine the amount of financial compensation representing all pain and suffering from the accident. Lower numbers 2 and 3 represent less severe incidents, while higher numbers 4 and 5 represent cases with multiple surgeries or deaths.
As the plaintiff, it is your responsibility to collect and submit all necessary paperwork to prove the accident’s burden on your life. The more information you can offer, such as doctor documentation, therapy visits, medications, and witness testimonies, the more likely your payment will increase.
Finding a Personal Injury Lawyer
If you have been in an auto accident that involves extensive damage, medical expenses, or wrongful death, you deserve compensation. We highly recommend meeting with our attorneys at Strickland and Kendall to discuss the specifics of your case and obtain the total amount insurance adjustors owe you. It is common legal knowledge that lawyers who settle cases earn you much higher compensation than cases settled without representation.
We have recovered millions of dollars in settlements for our clients and continue to pursue swift and direct action to get you the amount you deserve. We care about our clients and therefore only receive compensation if and when you are successfully compensated from your settlement.
Do not wait until it’s too late. Call us at 334-269-3230 to schedule a free consultation with us to begin seeking the compensation you deserve.