Representation in Your North Tampa Car Accident Case
The Spring Hill car accident attorneys at Holliday Karatinos Law Firm, PLLC provide car wreck victims with the legal help they need to pursue claims against the parties that caused their injuries. Our lawyers have handled a number of complex auto accident cases, including those related to T-bone collisions. We can bring our 50 years of collective legal experience to fight for your right to compensation. Please call our office today to discuss how we can help you in your case.
T-bone collisions, also known as broadside and side-impact collisions, occur when one vehicle strikes the side of another vehicle. A T-bone accident typically occurs at intersections or at a traffic light or sign. T-bone collisions can cause more serious injuries than other types of car accidents. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data shows that nearly 3,000 passenger cars involved in fatal crashes in 2011 were initially struck on either their left or right sides. In Florida, twenty percent of vehicles involved in deadly crashes were first impacted on their sides.
T-bone accidents often cause significant injuries to the car driver or passengers. Broken windows or crumbled doors can cause major head or brain injuries, fractures, and disfigurement. A person may also be partially ejected from the car in a T-bone crash.
Liability for a T-Bone Crash
T-bone crashes are often the result of a driver’s careless behavior. Causes of T-bone collisions can include failure to follow traffic signs and signals, distraction, or speeding. You can hold a driver responsible for your injuries by suing under a claim for negligence.
Motorists in Florida must use reasonable care when they operate their vehicles. To hold a party liable for negligence, you need to establish that the defendant:
- Had a legal obligation to exercise reasonable care (duty),
- Failed to exercise reasonable care (breach), and
- The failure to exercise care caused your injuries and damages (causation and damages).
The defendant’s actions must be a substantial factor in causing your injuries. If you can prove a nexus between the defendant’s breach and your injuries, you can potentially hold the defendant liable.
You may be able to obtain compensation even if you partly contributed to your injuries. Plaintiffs in Florida personal injury suits can recover damages to the extent they were not at fault for their injuries. For example, if a jury determines you are 60 percent at fault, you may still recover for 40 percent of your damages against the other negligent party.
There is a four-year time limit on general personal injury suits in Florida, though shorter time limits apply in wrongful death and other cases. With the help of a seasoned attorney, you can secure your rights and obtain the appropriate compensation for your injuries.
Seeking Compensation for T-bone Crash Injuries
You can potentially seek compensation for a T-bone collision if you can prove the defendant is liable for the accident. These crashes can cause significant harm, and the amount of no-fault coverage Florida requires may be insufficient to cover your injuries. Through a personal injury claim, you may be able to obtain compensation for your medical bills, property damage, and pain and suffering.
If you lost a family member in a T-bone crash, you may be able to recover damages through a claim for wrongful death. You may potentially recover for your deceased relative’s medical expenses, burial bills, and loss of companionship.
Aggressive Legal Representation
At Holliday Karatinos Law Firm, PLLC, our New Tampa motor vehicle accident lawyers represent victims of T-bone collisions. The attorneys at our firm have years of experience handling complex car wreck cases, and are prepared to offer you the aggressive legal representation you need. We can review the facts of your case and discuss your legal rights with you. If we proceed with your case, we will thoroughly investigate the accident to ensure you have the strongest claim possible. Our attorneys can effectively negotiate a settlement or advocate for you in civil court if necessary. Please call our office at (866) 597-0009 or reach us via our online form and we will schedule a free initial consultation. We proudly serve clients in local areas including Lutz, Brooksville, and throughout Hernando County.