While all motor vehicle accidents have the potential to be deadly, one of the most serious types of car accidents is a T-bone collision. Often happening at intersections and involving high speeds, T-bone crashes can be deadly. At the law office of Tetzel Law, our Massachusetts car accident attorney can provide legal support and guidance if you’ve been in a T-bone crash. To learn more about your rights and how to hold the other party liable for your damages, reach out to our law firm directly today.
Common Causes of T-Bone Accidents
A T-bone accident refers to a crash where the front of one car hits the side of another, resulting in the vehicle forming a “T”-like shape. Usually, T-bone accidents happen at intersections. T-bone accidents are most often the result of one driver:
- Running a red light
- Running a stop sight
- Failing to yield
- Driving aggressively
- Driving while intoxicated
- Driving while distracted
In some cases, a T-bone accident could occur as a result of a defective traffic light, vehicle defect (such as faulty brakes), or another hazard. Most of the time, though, T-bone accidents are the fault of a single driver.
Damages for a T-Bone Accident
When cars collide in a T-bone crash, the damages can be severe. Both drivers may be seriously harmed, and suffer injuries such as traumatic brain injuries, facial injuries, bone fractures, soft tissue injuries, internal injuries, back and neck injuries, spinal cord injuries, and more. In addition to serious injuries, a victim of a T-bone collision will also likely suffer high medical bills, property damage costs, and lost wages as a result of being unable to work—either temporarily or permanently—as a result of injuries. In addition to these economic damages, noneconomic harm in the form of pain, suffering, emotional distress, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and mental anguish are all possible, too.
T-Bone Accident Liability in Massachusetts
Massachusetts is a no-fault state. This means that in a crash, each driver involved will file a claim against their own Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance policy. However, in the event that damages exceed $2,000 or if injuries meet the serious injury threshold, an injured party can step outside of the no-fault system and file a claim for damages against the other driver’s liability insurance policy, or file a lawsuit directly against the other driver. In order to win, the claimant must be able to prove the other driver’s negligence and fault for the accident.
Call Our Massachusetts Car Accident Attorney Today
In the blink of an eye, a T-bone accident could change your life and the lives of your family members. If you have been in a T-bone crash in Massachusetts, our experienced Massachusetts car accident attorney at the office of Tetzel Law can help you understand your right to damages and start the claims process. For a free consultation with our lawyer, call today at (617) 742-1700 or send us a message online. We are here to advocate for you!