T-Bone Accidents & Injuries
Not all car accidents are the same. The seriousness of any injuries often depends on where a vehicle was hit. When a car is struck on the side, then injuries are often severe because there is very little protection there. Most cars do not have side air bags, so occupants can be slammed into the door or strike each other.
At Keffer Hirschauer, our Indianapolis car accident lawyers have tackled many side-impact collisions. We will thoroughly analyze your case to determine whether you can bring a claim for compensation. Let us fight for you.
T-Bone Accident Causes
In a T-bone collision, the front fender of one car slams into the side of another at a 90-degree angle or near 90-degree angle. When the cars join, they form a “T”, which has given rise to the name T-bone crash. These accidents are also generally called side-impact collisions.
Many T-bone accidents are caused by negligent drivers. For example:
- A driver can speed through a red light and crash into the side of another vehicle
- A motorist might not look in a parking lot before hitting the gas
- A driver making a left-hand or right-hand turn might misjudge the speed of oncoming traffic and slam into the car’s side
- A motorist losing control of their vehicle could swing into the other lane and strike traffic
T-bone collisions unfold in many ways, and the above are only some of the most common. Any failure to use reasonable care can lead to a collision. These are not rare accidents. Thousands of side-impact collisions happen each year.
Liability for T-Bone Accidents
To receive compensation, you will need to prove that the other driver was responsible for the crash. Typically, the motorist made some error that led to the collision. In most accidents, the car that strikes the side of another vehicle is at fault for the collision, but sometimes the car that was struck could be to blame. For example, a motorist might have a green light when another car runs a red and pulls directly in front of them.
The key is to identify if a driver failed to use reasonable care in the moments leading up to a collision. When this failure leads to injuries, the negligent driver is legally liable, and you can sue them or make a claim with their insurer.
At our firm, we carefully review the circumstances of every case we take. Some evidence is very helpful, such as your own memories of what happened, as well as the testimony of eyewitnesses, including your passengers. If nearby surveillance video captured the accident, that could prove helpful as well.
Our lawyers gather all relevant evidence before making a claim for compensation. In this way, we put your best foot forward.
Damages for Side-Impact Collisions in Indianapolis
Compensation comes in the form of money damages. Because Indiana is a “fault” state, our law instructs us to identify who is to blame for the crash. This person might have to pay for actual damages like your lost wages or medical bills. We can also fight to obtain money for pain and suffering.
The amount of damages our clients receive varies. If you were badly injured, then you typically can receive much more than someone whose injuries heal in a matter of months.
Keffer Hirschauer LLP is Here for You
Please contact us at Keffer Hirschauer LLP today. We offer a free consultation to those injured in a T-bone accident.