A t-bone collision can be a severe or fatal accident for everyone involved, especially the people in the vehicle hit on the side. While modern safety technology like side-impact airbags and impact-absorbing frames can help reduce the threat of catastrophic injuries in many collisions, the truth is that any accident comes with significant risks of life-changing injuries. While no amount of money can ever undo the damage that a victim sustains in an accident, the good news is that there is a legal avenue for a victim to seek compensation from the at-fault driver and their auto insurance company through a tort claim.
Many people mistakenly think that there is no reason to hire an attorney after a car accident unless they believe they will need to file a lawsuit. Still, the truth is that working with a personal injury attorney from day one can help you get the money you deserve, often without needing to involve the courts at all. The team at Goldstein & Goldstein is here to help you through this complicated and challenging process while you focus on recovering and getting your life back on track without taking on the extra stress and emotional burden.
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We offer a free consultation for victims of a range of personal injuries, including those who have been injured or lost loved ones in t-bone accidents. After an accident, trying to determine how to move forward with your case can be overwhelming. Many people accept the initial settlement offer from the insurance company without understanding the extent of their damages or the amount they are rightfully owed. We can handle the process of both calculating AND negotiating your settlement on your behalf.
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How Is a T-Bone Collision Caused?
In most cases, a t-bone crash happens when one driver ignores the need to stop or yield at an intersection and striking the vehicle that is passing through the intersection with the right of way. This type of accident is called a t-bone because of the shape the two cars make when they collide, with one vehicle driving head-on into the side of another vehicle making a “T” shape.
A direct impact on the side of the vehicle is extremely dangerous for many reasons that stem from the fact that there is the least amount of structural protection on the car’s sides. Modern vehicles are equipped with airbags in multiple locations and shatter-resistant glass, safety harnesses, and more, but these are no match for a vehicle moving at high speeds.
Calculating Damages After Your T-Bone Crash
If you have been involved in a t-bone accident, you will need to identify all of the different impacts you have suffered — both economic and non-economic — before compiling them all and reaching a final dollar amount for what you are owed. Unfortunately, when an insurance adjuster performs an investigation, they often focus on the economic damages (impacts that have measurable values associated with them) like your medical bills and lost wages but avoid making calculations or offers for non-economic damages (impacts without dollar values) like your actual pain and suffering or the emotional impact of such a terrifying and painful experience.
Your attorney will gather all of these different impacts with close attention to detail before moving forward with calculating. As you can imagine, assigning a dollar value to something as abstract and immeasurable as “depression” can be complicated, but personal injury attorneys have a lot of experience doing just that. Once calculated, they will need to defend their calculations through a series of negotiations with the hope of reaching an out-of-court settlement agreement. If these negotiations fail, the next step may be to take your case to the courts through a lawsuit. However, many accident claims are resolved before the courts are involved, and even after filing a lawsuit, there are many opportunities to reach a settlement agreement before trial. Your attorney will be present throughout each of these steps and provide you with counsel on how best to work towards getting fairly compensated.