Columbia T-Bone Crashes Lawyer
T-bone crashes leave victims with back and neck damage, concussions, lacerations, and other injuries that take months or years to heal. Victims should be fully compensated by the at fault party, but this is only possible by working with an experienced Columbia T-bone crash lawyers. Simmons Law Firm is prepared to take on your case and help you secure this financial compensation.
Severe Injuries Often Result From T-Bone Crashes
T-bone crashes often cause serious and debilitating injuries for the party who gets T-boned. In fact, 23 percent of passenger vehicle occupant deaths occurred in side impact (T-bone) crashes, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Common injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injury;
- Facial fractures and lacerations;
- Knee and leg fractures;
- Back and spine injuries including herniated discs, slipped discs, and fractures;
- Torn ligaments; and
- Fractured ribs.
The Party Who Gets T-Boned is Sometimes at Fault
Not all drivers who get T-boned are the victims. For instance, if you had the right of way in an intersection and another driver illegally pulled out in front of you, possibly from a side street or in a lighted intersection, that driver is at fault. Moreover, drivers who T-bone others often suffer serious injuries themselves; their injuries can, in fact, be even more severe than the party who got T-boned. If you had the right of way and another driver pulled out in front of you, causing a crash, the cause of the crash needs to be investigated, just like in all other collision scenarios. More often than not, the police investigation will accurately find fault with the responsible party. In other cases, additional investigation may be required to prove your innocence and the other party’s negligence. Eyewitnesses, video footage, skid marks, damage to each vehicle, debris, and other evidence can be used to build your case and win your claim, even if, on a surface level, it appears that you were to blame.
T-Bone Injuries to Children or Other Passengers
If a vehicle from your right-hand T-boned you, or the impact was to the back half of your vehicle, the worst injuries were most likely to your passengers. Children passengers in particular are prone to serious injuries in T-bone collisions. A study published in the National Institute of Health found that, even in “low severity crashes,” children often receive “clinically significant” injuries. The most common of these side-impact injuries were to the face, head, and extremities, even though, within the study group, many of the injured children were using appropriate restraints for their size and height. However, as with any personal injury claim, the other party’s insurance company will likely seek out any advantage to reduce the plaintiff’s payout. In cases of child passenger injuries, this can include attempting to fault the manner the legal guardian’s placed the child in the car seat or restraint system.
Call a Columbia T-Bone Crash Attorney
Your injuries deserve justice, and your damages should be paid for by the at-fault driver. To get started on a claim today, call the Columbia T-bone crash attorneys at Simmons Law Firm at 803-779-4600 to schedule a free consultation.