Side Impact or T-Bone Car Accidents
Side impact car accidents can be very deadly to the occupants inside a car, truck, or SUV when they happen. Side impacts are also known as T-Bone accidents or broadside accidents, when one car hits another car on the side. These accidents can be very serious, especially if one vehicle strikes another car on the passenger or driver side where an occupant sits.Washington State Side Impact or T-Bone Car Accident Laws
There are a number of reasons why a T-bone, or a side impact, car accident occurs. Here are the most common of them:
- Failure to observe: Often times a driver may simply be distracted and driving while being on their cell phone or texting. Or the driver may fail to observe the traffic coming and because of their not being attentive, drive suddenly into traffic, creating a T-Bone or side impact
- Running Red Light or Stop Sign: By far the second most common kind of side impact or T-Bone car accident occurs when a driver runs a red light or blows through a stop sign without stopping or slowing, entering an intersection at a high rate of speed, and either broadsiding or T-Boning someone. Many times a driver will see a light turn to yellow as it enters an intersection, apply the gas as it turns to red, and this creates a common accident.
- Aggressive driving: Another common reason for T-Bone or broadside side-impact car accidents occurs when someone is simply driving too aggressively and lunging their car into traffic very suddenly without properly observing where they are headed or the kind of traffic and conditions facing them.
- Cutting Corners: Many times a driver will create a car accident by simply turning across lanes of traffic, especially busy and congested streets, causing a severe truck or car accident.
If you have been T-boned, broadsided, or involved in a side impact car accident with a truck or car, you likely have very serious injuries that require medical care. The most common kinds of injuries from broadside or T-Bone accidents are:
- Soft tissue injuries
- Broken bones
- Chest injuries
- Pelvis injuries
- Herniated disc or bulging disc
If you have been in a T-Bone, side impact, or broadside car or truck accident, you may not be sure of your rights. You also may not be sure what you have to do to pursue a claim against a car insurance company, many of whom typically do not have your best interests in mind or try to help you recover the money you are owed. In a T-Bone or broadside car accident, the burden of proof is on you to prove two things.
First, you have to show that the broadside or T-Bone car accident was caused by the driver, often for the reasons described here. This may not be easy as one might think because sometimes even obviously at-fault drivers try to avoid liability and blame others. An attorney can help you by hiring the right experts, if necessary, and requesting the appropriate documents, including sending subpoenas for evidence that may help prove your case.
Second, you have to show that your damages, whether it is medical bills or lost wages or your pain and suffering, is directly related to the driver who T-Boned or broadsided you. This should not be hard, but if you have pre-existing conditions, there may be some challenges with this too.
If you are able to show these things, then you will be allowed to recover your medical bills, lost wages and out of pocket expenses, if you have any, and compensation for your pain and suffering. The Jackman Law Firm can help you recover these things. Feel free to call for a free consultation.