T-Bone Car Accident Attorney in Canton, Georgia
A T-bone car accident (also called a right-angle or side-impact collision) can frequently lead to severe injuries. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, side-impact collisions accounted for 22 percent of all traffic fatalities in a recent year. Put another way, a staggering 5,824 people lost their lives on the nation’s roads from side-impact crashes.
Were you hurt in a T-bone car accident caused by someone else? In Georgia, injured people can pursue compensation for their medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering through a personal injury claim. A T-bone car accident lawyer from the Geiger Legal Group, LLC can advocate for your right to financial recovery and justice from the negligent party(s).
Since 2017, the experienced attorneys at the Geiger Legal Group, LLC have dedicated their careers to standing up for Georgia accident victims. Our family-run law firm focuses on providing individualized attention to everyone who walks through our doors. We don’t measure success by the number of cases we handle. It’s the results we achieve for our clients that count.
Why are T-Bone Accidents so Dangerous?
T-bone crashes tend to cause worse injuries and vehicle damage than other types of motor vehicle collisions. That’s because most cars have less side-crash protection. Vehicles have bumpers and crumple zones in the front and back to absorb the force of a crash. However, many vehicles today still lack side-impact safety features like side airbags to cushion occupants from the full force of impact.
Common Injuries Sustained in T-Bone Accidents
Common injuries suffered by victims of T-bone accidents include:
- Lacerations and abrasions
- Degloving injuries
- Nerve damage
- Dislocated joints
- Ligament sprains/tears
- Muscle and tendon strains/tears
- Broken bones
- Herniated disc injuries
- Neck and back injuries
- Spinal cord injuries and paralysis
- Internal organ damage or internal bleeding
- Facial injuries
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
How Do T-Bone Accidents Usually Happen?
Some of the most frequent causes of T-bone accidents include:
- Reckless driving, including street racing or swerving around, stopped traffic
- Running red lights or stop signs
- Failure to yield the right of way
- Illegal or unsafe turns
- Failing to signal before turning
- Stopping in intersections
- Distracted driving, especially text messaging, and cell phone use
- Drowsy driving
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Brake failure due to defects or inadequate vehicle maintenance
Bad weather, poor visibility, and adverse road conditions can also contribute to T-bone accidents.
How Do I Prove Liability in a T-Bone Accident?
In many cases, the driver who strikes another car from the side bears responsibility for a T-bone crash. That’s because most T-bone accidents involve failure to yield in some way. However, it’s possible that the driver of the car with the right of way could be partly to blame. In rare cases, outside parties may be responsible for a T-bone car accident. For example, if a traffic light malfunctioned, the government agency in charge of maintaining those signals could be at fault.
Proving fault for a T-bone crash requires relying on evidence such as:
- Police accident reports and traffic citation/arrest records
- Accident scene photos and videos
- Surveillance and traffic camera footage
- Dashcam footage
- Eyewitness testimony
- Vehicle computer data logs
- Post-accident vehicle inspections
- Vehicle maintenance records
- Driver cell phone logs
- Alcohol and drug test results
- Accident reconstruction expert testimony
- Medical records
What Compensation Can I Recover Through a T-Bone Accident Claim?
After getting T-boned by another driver, you may be eligible to seek compensation for losses you incurred due to the accident. Compensation can include money for:
- Medical bills and rehabilitation expenses, including ambulance services, emergency room or urgent care center treatment, hospitalization, surgeries, prescription drugs, pain management care, doctor’s appointments, purchases of medical/mobility equipment, and physical and occupational therapy
- Costs of long-term care if your injuries result in permanent disabilities, such as home health care, housekeeping and home maintenance assistance, or installation of disability accommodations
- Lost wages or reduced earning capacity
- Lost future earning potential and employment benefits if you sustain a permanent disability that prevents you from working
- Costs of vehicle repairs or replacement, including rental car fees
- Physical pain and anguish
- Emotional trauma or distress
- Lost quality of life due to physical disabilities or permanent, visible scarring and disfigurement
- Punitive damages
Without legal experience, it can be challenging for injured victims to know what their case is worth. An experienced T-bone accident attorney can place an appropriate value on your claim and fight for maximum compensation for your losses so that you are fairly compensated.
Is There a Deadline for Filing My T-Bone Accident Claim?
In Georgia, you have two years from the date of a T-bone accident to take legal action. If you file a lawsuit after the limitations period has expired, you may lose your right to demand compensation from the negligent driver or other liable parties. There are circumstances where the statute of limitations may be shortened or extended for an auto accident claim. Contact a T-bone accident lawyer as soon as possible so you don’t miss the deadline for your case.
Contact Geiger Legal Group, LLC, for a Free Case Review
Don’t put off talking to a T-bone car accident lawyer about your legal options after a crash. You deserve justice and accountability for your losses, and our attorneys will leave no stone unturned as we craft a solid case for compensation for you.
Ready to get started? Contact the Geiger Legal Group, LLC today for a free, no-obligation consultation.