T-bone accidents, which occur when one vehicle crashes into the side of another vehicle, can have devastating consequences. While these types of accidents may occur for several different reasons, most T-bones occur in intersections when two drivers both believe they have the right of way. T-bone accidents may also occur due to driver distraction, when one driver is actively ignore the road to play with a phone.
You may not be at fault for your injuries, but insurance companies seek to pay the lowest amount of compensation possible to accident victims. Our highly skilled Dallas car accident attorneys at The Lenahan Law Firm will negotiate on your behalf for the highest possible amount. Call our office today at (214) 295-1008 for a free consultation.
Like other types of automotive accidents, T-bones may be caused by several different factors. The most common causes of T-bone accidents in Dallas include:
- Distracted drivers. Since most T-bone accidents occur within intersections, we often see that one driver failed to pay full attention to warning signs and traffic signals, and barreled into another vehicle.
- Poorly designed intersections. Even the most careful driver can be susceptible to poor visibility – for example, if an intersection has broken lights at night -- and malfunctioning traffic lights. Drivers should always be on alert when crossing any intersection, no matter how safe it may seem.
- Drunk driving. Drunk driving accidents account for quite a few T-bones in Dallas. Drivers are not allowed to imbibe alcohol and hit the road. If they do, they would be liable to any victims.
Unlike the front and rear of a car, the side of a car does not have a “crumple zone”: an extra amount of material between the occupants and oncoming traffic. T-bone accidents are therefore especially dangerous, as there is very little in the way of protection when something hits from the side of your car. Many people suffer personal injury, even wrongful death.
The injuries are serious and often include:
- Brain damage
- Internal organ trauma
- Back and spinal cord injury
- Broken bones
- Road rash
Regardless of what injury a victim suffers as a result of a T-bone, the at-fault driver’s insurance company will look to pay the least amount possible to the victim. Medical treatment for a side-impact crash can be expensive. You may need years of physical therapy and pain medication. That’s not to mention the lost wages you may suffer if the injury inhibits your ability to work.
As noted above, T-bone accidents can cause life-altering injuries. Expensive medical treatment and surgery, years of physical therapy, and lost wages may be just some of the financial burdens you face. No one should have to face these high medical costs alone. It is important to receive expert counsel during this trying time from the best Dallas car accident legal team available.
If you were injured in a T-bone accident due to bad road design, defective traffic signals, or the negligence of another driver, you may be entitled to compensation. The Dallas personal injury attorneys at The Lenahan Law Firm will walk you through this process to get you the compensation you deserve. Call our office today at (214) 295-1008 to learn more and receive a free consultation.