Side impact collisions can be frightening, especially if you have been the one who is hit. A side impact car accident is also commonly known as a T-bone accident because of how the cars align – like a T – when one car’s front-end hits another in the side.
The greatest danger in this collision is the lack of cushioning or protection between the driver or passenger’s car door, and the impact point from another car’s significantly heavier front end.
T-bone accidents kill approximately 8,000 people in the United States annually, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) statistics.
Who is at Fault?
It is not always obvious, at first, who is at fault in a T-bone collision. Accidents happen quickly, and there can be disputes about which driver had the right of way, in especial if one driver does not readily admit fault.
If a driver fails to stop at a stop sign, the person at fault may be more easily determined. In the case of a traffic light, we often see both drivers claiming they had a green light, and therefore the right of way.
Contributing Factors and What to Do
Vehicle malfunctions can contribute to collisions. For example, if a driver who hits another claims their brakes failed, the determination involves mechanical investigation, and potentially other responsible parties, from the manufacturer to the repair shop, who serviced the brake system.
It is critical in a T-bone accident, as in other car accidents, to first contact the police and file a report when the accident occurs. Exchange car insurance information as soon as possible with the other driver. If any witnesses are present, attempt to get contact information and provide this to the police.
With the prevalence of smartphone cameras, taking photos is a good idea if you are physically capable. In cases where you have been injured you may not be able to take these actions.
Also, never admit fault or apologize in any way to the other driver. This could be used adversely in determining your culpability. Even if one driver takes responsibility, the fault determination will be made by the car insurance claims adjuster, with additional information from a police report.
Since many T-bone accident cases are not straightforward, the services of an experienced Delaware car accident lawyer can be key to getting the compensation, medical treatment, and any other assistance you need. Each case is unique, and accidents of this type can require more than just car repairs and immediate medical treatment.
Car accident injuries can result in time lost from employment, as well as follow-up medical treatments. There may also be emotional distress and other longer-term effects.
Delaware Car Accident Lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC Help T-Bone Accident Victims
Contact the Delaware car accident lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC if you or a loved one have been involved in a T-bone side impact car accident. Complete our online form or call 302-888-1221. We provide free consultations and serve clients across Delaware, New Jersey, and throughout Pennsylvania, including Philadelphia, Delaware County, Chester County.