A broadside collision, also known as a “T-bone” or “side impact” accident, is a car collision where the front or back of one vehicle collides with the side of another vehicle. In this type of car accident, there is a great potential for severe damage to the vehicle, and serious injuries to drivers and passengers. New safety measures, such as side-impact airbags and collision-absorbent car frames, may make modern vehicles safer than ever before, but these tools can only provide so much protection to drivers and passengers.
According to the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS), while head-on collisions were the most deadly type of car accident, accounting for 56 percent of passenger vehicle occupant deaths in 2017, side impacts and T-bone crashes were a close second, accounting for nearly 1 in 4 passenger vehicle occupant deaths.
If you or a loved one have been injured or suffered damages in a T-bone accident, you may be eligible for financial compensation. The Clearwater car accident lawyers at the Law Offices of Tragos, Sartes & Tragos may help you determine whether you are able to make a claim or file a lawsuit against a negligent driver. If you are considering taking legal action for an auto accident, it helps to retain personal injury lawyers with more than 40 years of legal experience.
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In many circumstances, it may be easy to determine which driver was responsible for a T-bone accident. This can occur when a driver ignores or fails to obey traffic pattern rules, such as running stop signs and red lights at intersections. In fact, T-bone collisions almost always happen at intersections, with a small number occurring in parking lots and other places.
Even if it’s clear to you that another driver was at fault, it’s important to gather evidence to prove this. A negligent driver may try to dispute your accusations, so it’s important to take steps now to ensure that they are held accountable.
Start by taking the following actions to protect your right to compensation in the event of a broadside collision:
Most importantly, don’t fight for compensation alone. Our award-winning Clearwater personal injury attorneys have years of experience handling complex legal issues involving car accidents. We’re prepared to take action in situations where you suffer catastrophic injuries, or are seeking to take action for the wrongful death of a loved one.
In Florida, drivers with the mandatory insurance policy requirements are covered by no-fault insurance, which automatically applies benefits in many car accident situations — regardless of who was at fault. In T-bone accidents, your own no-fault insurance benefits may pay for the damages and injuries you suffer under your Personal Injury Protection (PIP) policy.
No-fault insurance benefits and other claims may cover compensation for the following:
However, there’s a limit to the amount you may be able to recover with no-fault insurance, and this amount may not cover serious injuries and damages. In addition, you may not be entitled to these benefits if the accident involved an uninsured driver.
Do you know your insurance claim benefits? It’s important to know what compensation you are eligible for so that you may take the best course of action in your recovery. If Florida’s mandatory no-fault insurance policy doesn’t cover the full cost of the damages you suffered in an accident, you’ll want to take action as soon as possible to hold the reckless driver responsible.
We understand that a T-bone accident can leave you with burdensome medical costs. You don’t have to add more expense to your troubles. At the Law Offices of Tragos, Sartes & Tragos, we operate on a contingency fee basis, meaning we only collect attorney fees if you’re awarded compensation in a case. If we don’t secure a settlement for you, you won’t pay a penny for our services. When you work with our injury lawyers, you don’t have to worry about upfront fees when retaining our effective legal counsel.
Schedule a free case evaluation with a car accident attorney at our Clearwater-based law firm to get help fighting for the compensation you deserve.