Are you an Arizona driver that’s been involved in a T-bone accident? If so, you’re likely experiencing the shock, aggravation, and financial losses that can stem from a side-impact collision with another vehicle. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries, but you shouldn’t discount the importance of a knowledgeable attorney to help with your claim.
T-bone accidents involve a side impact by one vehicle on another when one car hits another vehicle that is traveling perpendicularly to it. T-bone accidents are common: according to data provided by the Arizona Department of Transportation, approximately 15% of multi-vehicle motor vehicle crashes in the state in 2021 involved impact at an angle. An additional 23% of all crashes that same year involved sideswiping a vehicle, whether on the same or opposite side.
There are various causes of T-bone and side-impact accidents, including the following:
The repercussions of a T-bone or side-impact accident can be serious. They often cause serious injuries, in fact, because they often involve the doors of the car, which sit close to the driver or passengers of the impacted car and are often not fixed like some of the other components of the car.
When the impact occurs, it can bend or deform the doors, causing the impact to penetrate into the car and injure its occupants. Even more dangerous are T-bone accidents involving a larger or higher vehicle that strikes the victim’s car, which often results in a disastrous strike to the windows. In many cases, the victim’s car will need to undergo significant repairs or be replaced completely.
Injuries from a T-bone or side impact accident are manifold. Whiplash and other soft tissue injuries are common, as are cuts, abrasions, and broken or fractured bones.
Internal injuries and bleeding can also result, particularly when the victim’s body suffers a contusion. A T-bone accident can result in a concussion, head injury, or traumatic brain injury, along with back or spinal injuries. In the most serious cases, catastrophic injuries can result, including chronic pain, amputations or loss of limbs or digits, cognitive injuries, paralysis, or even wrongful death.
If you’ve been injured during a T-bone or side-impact collision, you likely find yourself with significant financial losses incurred as a result. If the accident was the fault of another party, such as the driver of the car that slammed into yours, you may be able to recover compensation for those financial losses.
In some cases, you may need to bring a claim against multiple parties who are jointly responsible for the accident, which can make for a complicated matter.
To prove your case and recover compensation, you will need to bring a claim for negligence, which requires you to prove four elements:
In Arizona, the concept of liability is an important one — it can make all the difference as to whether your claim is ultimately successful, and it is an issue that can be very complex in negligence cases. Not only will you need to establish liability against the other party, but you will also need to negotiate with their insurance company in hopes of a favorable settlement offer.
Negotiating with large insurers can be fraught with problems — after all, the goal of the insurance company is to minimize settlements, and they have plenty of resources on their side. Hiring an experienced T-bone collision lawyer is your best bet for evening the playing field and ensuring you have someone on your side to represent your best interests.
Damages in a T-bone accident are both out-of-pocket costs, also called economic or special damages, and general losses. Out-of-pocket costs can include the following:
Examples of general damages include the following:
Our managing attorney, John Torgenson, has devoted 100% of his career to fighting against insurance companies. He believes those who are injured should be fully and fairly compensated. We understand the significant impact of a serious injury on a person and their family, and we want to help you get back on your feet.
A T-bone accident can leave you with significant injuries and losses, and Torgenson Law can help ensure you receive the medical care you need. Let us focus on your claim so that you can focus on getting better. Schedule a free initial consultation with one of our Arizona personal injury attorneys today and see how we can give you the support you deserve.
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