T-bone collisions often result in devastating injuries for those involved. Unfortunately, these accidents are not uncommon in Phoenix and throughout the state of Arizona. At Torgenson Law, our Phoenix car accident lawyers are standing by to help if you need a Phoenix T-bone collision accident attorney. We have the resources necessary to conduct a complete investigation into your case in order to help you recover the compensation you need. If the careless or negligent actions of another driver caused your crash, we will work diligently to secure the compensation you need through an insurance settlement or through a personal injury jury verdict.
A skilled Phoenix personal injury attorney will be able to handle every aspect of a T-bone collision on your behalf. The reality is that these incidents can become complicated, particularly when it comes to determining fault. Even if the evidence seems to point a particular way, you need to understand that the insurance carriers involved have a way of turning things around and pointing the finger in the other direction.
A Phoenix T-bone accident lawyer can conduct a complete investigation into the incident in order to get the evidence needed to prove fault. This can include statements from eyewitnesses, photographs from the scene of the crash, video surveillance from nearby cameras, and more.
An attorney will also ensure that T-bone accident victims are evaluated by a trusted medical professional who can treat their injuries while also helping to calculate total expected losses. Using all this information, an attorney will negotiate with insurance carriers to secure a fair settlement for their client.
Accidents caused by T-bone collisions are often severe, particularly when one of the vehicles is moving at a relatively high rate of speed. Unlike accidents that impact a vehicle from the front or rear, a T-bone collision means that those in the vehicle struck on the side have very little protection. Yes, many modern vehicles do have side impact airbags, but that does not guarantee that all severe injuries will be prevented.
At Torgenson Law, our attorneys regularly help clients who have sustained the following injuries in these incidents:
In addition to these acute traumatic injuries, Phoenix T-bone collision injury victims may also experience significant emotional and psychological trauma caused by the incident. This can include feelings of anxiety, fear, depression, and stress that lasts for months or even years after a collision occurs. It is not uncommon for us to help clients who have sustained post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a result of a T-bone collision.
T-bone accident victims in Phoenix need to be aware that they have a limited amount of time to file a lawsuit in these cases. The personal injury statute of limitations in Arizona is two years from the date an injury occurs. If a crash victim fails to file a lawsuit within this two-year time frame, they will be unable to recover the compensation they are entitled to for their losses.
Aside from the state-defined statute of limitations, T-bone collision victims need to be aware that insurance carriers have their own deadlines in place in these situations. Typically, insurance carriers require that the crash be reported within a day or two after the incident occurs. If there is a delay with reporting a car accident to an auto insurance carrier, the claim could be delayed or denied altogether.
When you get assistance from a T-bone collision lawyer in Phoenix, you will have an advocate by your side who will make sure that your claim gets filed on time with the insurance carriers and that any needed personal injury lawsuit is filed before the statute of limitations expires.
T-bone collision victims in Phoenix may be entitled to various types of compensation for their losses. At Torgenson Law, our attorneys work diligently to recover both economic and non-economic compensation on behalf of every client that we help.
There is no set amount of money available to T-bone collision victims in Phoenix. When working to calculate economic damages, a victim and their attorney will gather up all of the medical bills, proof of lost wages, and other receipts and add them up. Determining non-economic damages is more challenging. In most situations, a “multiplier method” will be used. This means that an attorney will take the total obtained for the economic damages and multiply that by a set number, typically ranging from 1.5 to 5. This will give the appropriate total for non-economic damages.
The good news is that even a person partially at fault for a T-bone collision in Phoenix will still likely be able to recover compensation for their losses. Arizona operates under what is called a “pure comparative negligence” system. This means that a crash victim can recover compensation even if they are up to 99% at fault for an incident. However, the total amount of compensation a person receives will be reduced based on their percentage of fault for the T-bone collision.
For example, let us suppose that a driver comes to a four-way stop, stops the vehicle, and then proceeds when they have the right of way. If that driver is then T-boned by another vehicle whose driver ran another stop sign at the intersection, we would typically find that driver who ran the stop sign would be at fault. However, what happens if the collision took place at night and the driver who was T-boned did not have their lights on at the time?
In this case, there will likely be shared fault for the incident. Let us suppose that the driver who was T-boned was found to be 30% responsible for the incident because they did not have their lights on at night. If that driver sustained $100,000 worth of medical bills and other expenses, then they would receive $70,000 instead to account for their 30% of the fault.
There are various steps that individuals involved in T-bone collisions can take to help ensure that they recover maximum compensation for their losses.
We know that one of the main reasons that individuals avoid contacting an attorney after a T-bone accident is their concern about how they will pay for the legal assistance. At Torgenson Law, we want you to know that we take the next T-bone accident cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that our clients will not have to pay any upfront or out-of-pocket costs related to their accident in the Phoenix area. Our clients will only pay legal fees after we successfully recover the compensation they need through a settlement or jury verdict. If we do not win, our clients do not pay a dime.
If you or somebody you love has been injured in a T-bone accident caused by the negligent actions of another driver in the Phoenix area, contact the team at Torgenson Law for help immediately. We understand that you need compensation for your losses, and we have the resources necessary to handle every aspect of your claim. Let us investigate the crash, determine liability, and aggressively negotiate with insurance carriers so we can recover the compensation you are entitled to. When you need a Phoenix T-bone collision accident attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation of your case by clicking here to fill out our contact form or calling us at (602) 641-3007.