Side impact crashes are when one car hits the side of another. T-bone crashes—also referred to as right-angle or broadside collisions—are when the front of one car slams into the side of another. These collisions can result in severe injuries or death. Even at slow speeds, the resultant injuries can create long-term pain and limitations.

It is important to practice defensive driving and adhere to all traffic laws; however, collisions still happen to the most prudent drivers. We have no control over the careless or reckless driving habits of others. Since injuries can result in steep medical bills, lost wages, and other complex damages that are not easily measured, it is important to seek advice from a diligent car wreck attorney when you have experienced a side impact/T-bone car accident in Sarasota.

Causes and Outcomes of Side Impact Crashes

T-bone accidents frequently happen at intersections with a traffic light or stop sign. Common reasons why such accidents occur include:

  • Poor weather conditions
  • Another driver is eating or drinking behind the wheel
  • Another driver wrongly assumes the other driver will yield
  • Another driver speeds through a yellow light to “beat” a red light
  • Another driver is distracted by their phone, GPS, or other passengers

A Sarasota lawyer with experience in side impact car crashes can help you further understand which facts are important to the outcome of your case.

Potential Injuries

While some cars have safety provisions to protect drivers from injuries in side impact and T-bone accidents, not all of them do. Vehicle safety has advanced a great deal. The designs of most modern vehicles are intended to absorb a majority of the force created in a front or rear-end collision. However, in the case of a T-bone collision, much of the force created by the collision is still absorbed by the occupants, resulting in more severe injuries.

Some frequent injuries resulting from side impact collisions include chest trauma, broken ribs, head and neck injuries, broken bones, and organ damage. Other, even more severe injuries can include brain injuries (TBIs), spinal cord injuries, loss of limbs, paralysis, or even death. If you or a loved one experiences any of these injuries as the result of a collision, a Sarasota attorney can assess your injuries and help you recover the full value of your losses and damages.

Compensation for Your Injuries

An injured person may seek compensation for their injuries from a negligent driver. This compensation, called damages, can be economic or non-economic. Economic damages include costs like medical bills, damaged property, or lost wages. Non-economic damages can be compensation for subjective experiences like pain and suffering.

The process of recovering the full value of your damages can be an arduous undertaking. The process begins by negotiating with insurance adjusters. Enlisting the aid of a side impact accident attorney in Sarasota is helpful because they are experienced in handling communications with insurance companies. Having an advocate handle this responsibility also allows the injured client to focus their efforts on recovery.

If negotiations fail, and further attempts become futile, an experienced trial attorney from our firm can represent an injured person in court.

Comparative Negligence

Florida follows a modified comparative negligence system. This means the court can reduce an injured person’s total financial compensation by their percentage of responsibility in an accident, as determined by the jury. If they were more than 50 percent at fault for the accident, the injured person cannot recover any compensation at all.

Reach Out to a Sarasota Lawyer Today About Your T-Bone or Side Impact Crash

The effects of being T-boned by a negligent driver rarely go away overnight, and it is in your best interests to pursue justice and accountability through the legal system. There may be solutions or possible compensation that you are unaware of.

We are available to our clients 24/7 and we are committed to building strong relationships with our clients on their journey to recovering the full value of their damages.

Call us today to learn more and schedule a free confidential consultation.

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