Side-impact crashes or “T-bone” accidents often occur at intersections. One driver may run a red light or stop sign and collide with the vehicle traveling in the perpendicular direction. Alternatively, a driver may lose control on a multiple-lane highway and cause a side impact collision. The results of T-bone accidents can be catastrophic. The vehicle may become pinned against a guardrail or flip over. Vehicle occupants can be trapped inside the car and unable to get out.
If you or a loved one were injured in a T-bone accident, you may be able to take legal action against the at-fault party and recover compensation.
Liability for a T-bone Collision
Many T-bone accidents are caused by negligent driving such as:
- Distracted driving
- Driving while intoxicated by drugs or alcohol
- Failure to yield
- Running a red light
- Reckless driving
Sometimes, liability is obvious. However, there are other cases in which multiple parties contribute to a T-bone crash and make determining liability especially difficult. While dangerous driving is one of the most common causes of side-impact accidents, some cases are caused by third parties. For example, if a traffic signal malfunctions, drivers may have both had a green light at an intersection. In a situation like this, fault may lie with a government entity.
Damages for Which You May Recover Compensation
The injuries caused by a side-impact collision are often life-changing. Traumatic brain injuries, neck and back injuries, spinal cord injuries, facial trauma, broken bones, amputation, and internal organ damage are just some of the injuries a person may suffer.
T-bone crash victims may be able to file a personal injury claim against the liable party and recover damages. The amount of compensation an individual may recover depends on many factors, including their percentage of liability for the crash, if any. Victims may recover compensation for:
- Emergency medical treatment
- Medical bills
- Physical therapy
- Medication and medical supplies
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Vehicle repairs
- Pain and suffering
Contact a Wheaton Car Crash Injury Lawyer
If you or a family member were involved in a T-bone crash, call Law Offices of David W. Clark, P.C.. DuPage County personal injury attorney David W. Clark has over two decades of legal experience. He can help you pursue financial compensation for vehicle damage, past and future medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Call 630-665-5678 for a free consultation.