A T-bone collision, otherwise known as a side-impact collision, can result in serious injuries (i.e., head, neck, and back injuries) and damages (i.e., totaled cars) for both drivers involved. So if you have been made a victim of this type of accident, you must identify who or what caused it; so to appropriately move forward in your legal action. Read on to discover what causes a T-bone collision to occur and how a seasoned Washington, D.C. car accident lawyer at Simeone & Miller, LLP can help you reach a full recovery.
What factors cause a T-bone collision to occur?
To start, a T-bone collision is one in which one vehicle crashes into the side of another; leading the vehicles to land in a “T” shape. More often than not, this type of accident is caused by the negligence of one or both drivers involved. Examples are as follows:
- A driver may fail to yield at a stop sign or red light.
- A driver may fail to give the right-of-way to another driver.
- A driver may fail to calculate the timing of a right turn by an oncoming vehicle.
- A driver may fail to calculate the timing of a left turn in front of an oncoming vehicle.
- A driver may fail to yield to an oncoming vehicle when entering the road from a driveway or private road.
- A driver may fail to calculate the space available on the other side of the intersection; and sit intersection when traffic is obstructed.
However, there are other instances in which external factors may contribute to a T-bone collision. Examples are as follows:
- A traffic sign is not visible due to a streetlight power outage.
- A traffic light is not operational due to mechanical failure or maintenance issues.
- A stop sign is not replaced after being torn down by severe weather conditions or a criminal act.
- A law enforcement officer is not present to direct traffic at an intersection turned into a construction zone.
What should I do to recover from my accident?
Regardless of the specific circumstances surrounding your T-bone collision, you may be certain that your injuries and damages are due to no fault of your own. In this case, you must fight for the financial compensation that you require to reach a full recovery. Filing an auto accident claim may just be the only way to accomplish this.
It is worth mentioning that you should bring your claim forward sooner rather than later. This is because, in Washington, D.C., the statute of limitations is generally set at three years from the date on which your T-bone collision occurred.
In conclusion, we strongly believe that legal representation from a competent Washington, D.C. auto accident lawyer is the best fit for you and your case proceedings. So please get in touch with Simeone & Miller, LLP as soon as you can.