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Friday, September 18, 2020

What Is a T-Bone Accident?

Did you know that, according to the National Safety Council, more than 40,000 people died in motor vehicle crashes in 2017 alone? It is dangerous out there on the road. With the three biggest causes of roadway fatalities being alcohol, speeding, and driving while distracted, we seem to be more at risk than ever. There are many different types of car accidents that may occur and each comes with its own risks of injury to drivers, passengers, and pedestrians. One of the most common types of accidents is the T-bone accident.

What is a T-Bone Accident?

A T-bone accident, otherwise known as a side-impact collision or broadside collision, is not only one of the more common accident types, but it is also one of the more devastating types of car accidents. It is called a T-bone accident because of the shape of the two vehicles colliding forms into a letter “T.” It happens when one vehicle comes charging at the side of a car and then collides with the side of that other vehicle.

T-bone accidents are usually the result of a failure of one person to yield to another driver who has the right of way, most commonly at intersections. For instance, a driver will make a left turn at an intersection into the path of an oncoming vehicle. T-bone accidents also commonly occur when a driver fails to observe a stop sign or red traffic signal.

It may come as no surprise that T-bone accidents are often caused by those who are engaging in distracted driving practices such as texting while driving or eating while driving. To help avoid being involved in a T-bone accident, focus on the road and properly observe all traffic signals. Defensive driving practices can also go a long way to prevent involvement in a T-bone accident. Assuming that another driver will not yield to you or does not see you coming can help prevent some tragic accidents from occurring.

Due to the fact that the majority of T-bone accidents result from a driver failing to yield the right of way to another driver who is entitled to it, determining who is at fault in causing a T-bone accident is usually pretty clear. Other contributing factors, however, may be at play. For instance, if the other driver was speeding, he or she may be held responsible, at least in part, for causing the accident.

Assignment of fault is especially important in states like New Jersey where the comparative negligence doctrine is applicable. In New Jersey, fault in causing an accident can be assigned to more than one person. If a person is found to be more than 50 percent at fault for causing an accident, he or she is barred from recovering compensation. If a person is found to be less than 50 percent at fault, he or she may still recover, but the compensation award will be reduced by his or her percentage of fault.

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If you have been injured in a car accident, having dedicated legal counsel by your side can be an integral part of receiving full and fair compensation for your injuries. Big insurance companies will go to great lengths to avoid paying you what you are legally entitled to. The trusted attorneys at The Cassidy Law Firm are committed to holding these big companies accountable for paying you what you are owed. Contact us today.

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