Having your car T-boned by a negligent driver can be a terrifying experience. Your car may be pushed out of your lane of travel and into oncoming traffic, increasing the risk of damage and injury. Negligent drivers who cause side-impact car accidents should be held responsible for the injuries and damage they cause, and the Arlington, TX T-bone car accident lawyers at The Queenan Law Firm may be able to help.
If you or someone in your family was injured in a serious car accident caused by a T-bone crash or any other auto accident, contact The Queenan Law Firm today. Our T-bone accident lawyers represent the victims of car accidents and seek compensation for their injuries and other expenses related to the crash. To schedule a free initial case consultation, contact our Arlington car accident lawyers today at (817) 476-1797.
Causes of T-Bone Car Crashes
T-bone car accidents are usually caused by drivers who fail to stop at red lights and stop signs, dangerously entering into cross traffic. These car accidents can catch drivers off-guard and push them into other lanes of traffic, potentially leading to secondary crashes and additional damage.
For two drivers to cross paths at the same time, at least one driver must typically be violating traffic laws or driving dangerously. Traffic laws for stop signs and red lights ensure that no driver should ever enter the street when cross traffic is actively in their way, so for a driver to pull out into the side of an oncoming car, they must have disobeyed traffic signals.
At low speeds, these accidents are usually caused by inattentiveness or drowsiness. Being tired or distracted can stop drivers from noticing cross traffic, potentially leading them to pull out into crossing cars and cause T-bone accidents.
More severe, high-speed T-bone accidents are usually caused by reckless driving, distracted driving, drowsy driving, speeding, and drunk driving. For a driver to blatantly cross through a solid red light, they must understand the risks associated with that decision and should know that they could cause a high-speed auto accident. If they ignore these risks or are unable to control their vehicle while driving under the influence, they could be responsible for causing wrongful death or serious injury in a T-bone crash.
Determining Fault in a Side-Impact Car Accident
Usually in side-impact and T-bone car accidents, the accident begins with one driver crashing into the side of another driver in a “T” shape. Either car could be struck by additional traffic after the accident, especially if they are pushed into other lanes of travel, but the initial accident is usually the fault of one of the two original cars.
When a car is struck in the side, it means that the second car hit it. However, the car that did the hitting is not always the at-fault driver’s car. If the first car entered the intersection illegally, the second car may not have had time to stop or swerve to avoid the crash, and the first car would be at fault. Similarly, the second car could be at fault if it tried to cross the other driver’s lane of travel against a red light or by running a stop sign.
Typically, the design of the intersection or traffic signals at the location can help determine who is at fault. In crashes that occur in an intersection with a traffic light, the driver with the red light is often at fault for T-bone accidents. Similarly, a driver with a stop sign or a driver who otherwise did not have the right of way is also usually responsible if they were involved in T-bone crash.
Filing Lawsuits for T-Bone Auto Accidents in Texas
Our personal injury lawyers can examine your case and determine which driver was at fault for the initial crash. If other drivers were negligent and contributed additional injuries to the victim after the first collision, we can also hold those parties liable for their share of your injuries.
When cars are struck in an intersection, other cars behind them or in nearby lanes of traffic are often involved in secondary crashes or pileups. These additional cars can contribute to more severe injuries that would have never occurred if it were not for the initial driver’s negligence. However, these additional drivers can also share responsibility for your injuries if they were speeding or following too closely.
In Texas, you can receive compensation from multiple parties to help cover your injuries. The court can order each party to pay their fair share of your damages, including assigning you partial blame if you were partially at fault for the crash. This means that even if the other driver accused you of contributing to the accident, you should not be afraid that you will lose the compensation you need to help with medical bills, lost wages, and other harms after the crash.
Call Our Arlington T-Bone Accident Injury Lawyers for Help with Your Case
The Queenan Law Firm’s Arlington T-bone car accident lawyers represent victims and their families after serious car accident injuries. For help understanding what your case might be worth and what steps you can take to seek compensation for your injuries, call our law offices today to set up a free legal consultation on your case with our Arlington, TX personal injury lawyer. Our number is (817) 476-1797.