T-bone collisions occur when the front of one motor vehicle collides into the side of another vehicle. These accidents are also referred to as side-impact collisions or broadside collisions when the passenger side of a vehicle is struck. Because victims only have a door to protect them, they can suffer catastrophic injuries or death.
If you were injured in a side-impact crash, it might be hard to prove that the other driver's negligence caused your accident. You need the help of an experienced motor vehicle accident attorney if you want to establish the other motorist's liability and convince their insurance company to pay you the full value of your claim under Kansas or Missouri law.
Where Do T-Bone Accidents Occur?
The most common places that side-impact crashes occur are at stop signs and traffic lights. This is because motor vehicles cross each other's paths most frequently at intersections, such as when a driver is making a left turn. When traffic is congested, or drivers are speeding, the likelihood that accident victims will suffer long-term injuries or be killed increases dramatically
What Are the Leading Causes of Side Impact Collisions?
There are many reasons that T-bone crashes occur, but the underlying cause is usually the negligence of one of the motorists. Typical ways that drivers cause this type of accident include:
- Failure to yield. Many side-impact crashes occur when drivers fail to yield the right-of-way at a stop sign or traffic light or roll through a stop sign.
- Distracted driving. When motorists are distracted by texting, talking on a cellphone, eating and drinking, or other activities, they are not focused on driving. They are not alert enough to other nearby vehicles at intersections to make informed decisions about when it is safe for them to proceed through an intersection or to safely make a left turn.
- Intoxication. Individuals who drink or consume drugs and drive have slower reaction times, reduced vision, and impaired judgment, which increases the danger that they will cause a side-impact crash.
- Drowsy driving. When motorists drive when they are fatigued, their driving abilities are affected in similar ways as if they were intoxicated. In addition, they are at risk of falling asleep at the wheel.
- Speeding. If a driver is speeding through an intersection or trying to beat a yellow or red light, they will not be able to control their auto or truck, slow down, or stop quickly enough to avoid smashing into the side of another vehicle.
Who Is at Fault in a T-Bone Collision?
In some accidents, such as a rear-end collision, it is often clear that the driver who struck another vehicle is the negligent party. However, this is not always the case in a side-impact or broadside accident. This is because the driver who had the right-of-way could crash into another vehicle if the other motorist misjudged whether it was safe to turn left or ran a red light.
How to Prove the Other Driver Was at Fault in Causing Your Accident
If you were injured in a side-impact wreck, you will need to prove the other driver was at fault in order to receive compensation for your injuries from their insurance company. How do you do this? You will need to collect evidence.
At Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys, we understand how important obtaining evidence is to holding the negligent driver and their insurance company accountable for compensating you. We will conduct a thorough investigation into the cause of your crash and obtain the evidence you need to win your case. Evidence that can be helpful includes:
- Pictures of the damage to the vehicles, the crash scene, and road and weather conditions
- Eyewitness statements
- Police report
- Video footage of the accident from nearby businesses
- Motor vehicle black box data
- Accident reconstruction expert report
Have You Been Injured in a Kansas City Area Motor Vehicle Accident?
If you've been injured in a motor vehicle accident, you need to speak with an experienced motor vehicle accident lawyer as soon as possible. It will cost you nothing to hire us because we handle these cases on a contingency fee basis where you only pay us if we win your case. We will also front the costs and fees you could incur. Contact us online or call our Kansas City office directly at 816.471.5111 to schedule your free consultation.