T-Bone Accident Lawyer
Beaumont Car Crash Injury Attorneys for Victims of T-Bone Collisions in Texas
T-bone accidents occur when one vehicle collides head-first with the side of another vehicle, either on the driver side or passenger side. T-bone accidents, also called side-impact or broadside collisions, are extremely dangerous. Depending on the speeds traveled by the respective vehicles, serious injury or even death is likely to occur. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, around 20 percent of all fatal accidents involve T-bone collisions, rendering T-bone accidents the most dangerous type of car crash.
If you’ve been involved in a T-bone accident, it’s important to seek medical attention as soon as you can and then call a knowledgeable car accident lawyer to discuss your rights, including for compensation. Beaumont personal injury lawyer Gilbert Adams pursues justice for victims of T-bone collisions. We hold negligent and reckless drivers accountable for their actions and make sure injured accident victims and their families get the compensation they deserve. If you or someone you love was injured in a T-bone wreck in Texas, call our Beaumont personal injury law firm today for advice and representation.
How Do T-Bone Collisions Happen?
The majority of broadside or T-bone collisions occur when at least one driver fails to yield right of way. A driver blows past a stop sign, through a red light, or a yield sign, or tries to make a left turn without having sufficient time to do so. Although they commonly occur at intersections, they can also occur when vehicles pull out of driveways into heavily trafficked roads.
T-bone accidents always occur because of driver error. Drivers may be distracted, drowsy, intoxicated, or they may simply fail to fully check their surroundings before pulling into a lane of traffic. Beyond driver error, a number of other factors can increase the likelihood of a T-bone collision, including damaged roads, poorly-designed intersections, broken or missing traffic signals, inclement weather conditions, and even defective car parts. A vehicle with a defective braking or steering mechanism is significantly more likely to get into a crash.
Early identification of potential other parties is important to analyze early on because the at-fault driver may not have insurance or adequate policy limits to cover your damages. For instance, in addition to the at-fault driver, you might also have a claim against his employer, the manufacturer of a defective vehicle or auto part, repair facility or even the municipality responsible for designing or maintaining the road.
Recovering Damages After a T-Bone Accident
T-bone accidents are extremely dangerous and vehicle occupants and passengers are also at high risk of suffering injuries and damages, depending on the specifics. If you or someone you care about was involved in a T-bone accident, you might be eligible for a range of damages, including compensation for:
- Past medical expenses
- Future medical costs including surgeries, treatments, medication, physical therapy, nursing care, and prosthetics
- Loss of wages
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Physical incapacity, pain and suffering
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Emotional distress
- Wrongful death
A seasoned Texas T-bone accident lawyer can help you explore your options and maximize your potential recovery based on your particular situation. If the driver who caused your crash was especially reckless or malicious, you could be eligible for punitive damages as well. Punitive damages are meant to punish bad actors rather than compensate victims, and they may be awarded on top of the so-called “compensatory damages” discussed above. In Texas, personal injury plaintiffs can receive up to $200,000 or twice the amount of economic damages (medical bills, lost wages, etc.) in punitive damages, plus an equal amount of non-economic (pain and suffering, etc.) damages, up to $750,000. Talk to your personal injury lawyer about your case to find out whether punitive damages are on the table, and how much you might be able to recover.
Call a Zealous Car Crash Attorney After a Texas T-Bone Collision
If you or someone you love has suffered serious injury or worse in a T-bone collision caused by a negligent driver in Texas, contact the Gilbert Adams Law Offices in Beaumont at 409-835-3000 for a free consultation with an experienced and compassionate Texas auto accident attorney.