T-bone accidents are some of the worst crashes on the roads. When these accidents occur, the front of one car slams into the side of another vehicle, usually at a high speed. As such, these crashes result in extremely serious injuries that leave victims with overwhelming medical bills at a time when they are typically unable to work.
T-bone accident victims can demand compensation from those at-fault parties responsible for the crash. Unfortunately, though, these claims come with many challenges. Insurance companies are difficult to deal with, and they will work hard to minimize payouts or deny claims altogether.
If you have been injured in a T-bone accident, it is important that you speak with a Florida car accident lawyer from Holliday Karatinos Law Firm, PLLC, as soon as possible. We can review your case in a free, no obligation consultation and answer all your questions.
Why Choose Holliday Karatinos Law Firm, PLLC?
- At Holliday Karatinos Law Firm, PLLC, our personal injury lawyers have more than 50 years of collective experience holding negligent parties, as well as their insurance companies, accountable to accident victims.
- Our attorneys can take over every aspect of your claim, making sure it is filed properly and supported by strong evidence. We understand that now is the time for you to focus on your recovery, not investigate the accident and negotiate with insurance companies. That’s why we handle all the details for you.
- When insurance companies refuse to offer a fair settlement, our respected trial team will take them to court and present a convincing argument for the full compensation you deserve. We do this using evidence we collect through an in-depth investigation, including detailed medical bills, proof of wage losses, and expert testimony.
- Our widely recognized law firm has recovered more than $95 million for accident victims throughout Florida.
Common Injuries in T-Bone Accidents
The injuries sustained in a T-bone accident are extremely serious. Some of the most common injuries seen after these crashes include:
- Head injuries
- Neck injuries
- Back injuries
- Spinal cord damage
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Broken bones
- Internal organ injuries
- Soft-tissue injuries
These injuries are not only very painful but also expensive to treat. It is for this reason that accident victims should seek compensation through a personal injury claim.
Determining Fault in a Side-Impact Collision
T-bone accidents are most likely to happen at intersections. The most common causes of these crashes include:
- Failure to yield the right of way at an intersection
- Failing to make a safe and legal left turn
- Failing to stop at a red light or stop sign
- Distracted driving
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Defective automotive equipment, such as brakes
Our firm knows how to investigate the scene of the crash to determine exactly what caused the accident. We will collect physical evidence from the scene, speak to nearby businesses that may have video surveillance footage of the crash, collect photos from the scene, and obtain evidence through other means. For example, if it is suspected that a driver was texting at the time of the accident, we can subpoena their cellphone records to prove this fact.
Compensation After a Side-Impact Collision
Side-impact collisions result in high costs for accident victims. Suddenly, you may have thousands of dollars’ worth of medical expenses, and you typically cannot work to earn the money to pay for them. When this is the case, you should talk to our lawyers about your right to seek compensation to help with these costs and more.
After a crash, injured individuals can seek compensation for:
- Medical expenses
- Lost income
- Loss of earning capacity
- Medical assistive devices, such as a wheelchair
- Rehabilitation costs
- Prescription costs
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
When the liable party has displayed gross negligence, the court may also award punitive damages. This type of compensation is not meant to compensate the victim, but rather to punish the defendant.
What to Do to Protect Your Rights
There are many important steps to take after a crash that can help protect your rights. These include:
- Call the police: In Florida, all drivers are required to report any accident that results in injury or significant property damage.
- Do not make any statements related to blame: Even apologizing that the accident happened at all can be misconstrued to indicate that the accident victim was to blame. It is best to stick to the facts when talking to police.
- Take pictures: Photos of the scene can help prove how the accident happened. So take as many pictures as you can, including photos of your injuries, the vehicles involved, and the other driver’s license plate and driver’s license.
- Exchange information: You will need a lot of information from the other driver. Be sure to write down or take a picture of the person’s driver’s license and insurance information. Also be sure to exchange names and contact information with the other driver.
- Speak to witnesses: If there were witnesses to the accident, obtain their names and contact information so your lawyer can contact them later to obtain a statement.
- Seek medical help: Your health and safety are the most important priorities after a crash. Always seek medical help after an accident to ensure you get a timely diagnosis and proper treatment. This will also help document your injuries right from the start.
After taking these immediate steps, it is crucial that you speak to a Florida personal injury lawyer from Holliday Karatinos Law Firm, PLLC. Our lawyers can advise on the next steps to take and will walk you through the claims process.
If you have been the victim of a side-impact collision, our Florida car accident lawyers at Holliday Karatinos Law Firm, PLLC, understand the serious injuries you are currently suffering from. We also know how expensive it is to treat those injuries. Our team will investigate your claim to determine who was liable for the crash and then fight to hold the negligent party accountable.
Contact us now to schedule your free consultation and to learn more about how we can help.