Either driver may be at fault in a T-bone car accident, also known as a side-impact collision. Many factors, such as which car had the right of way or whether one driver violated traffic laws, determine which driver caused the accident.
If you were injured or lost a loved one in a T-bone accident caused by another driver, you may be able to recover damages for your medical expenses, property damage, and more.
Recoverable Damages After a T-Bone Car Accident
According to the IEEE Engineering Medicine and Biology Society, T-bone accidents are the second most severe type of car accident, often resulting in severe and fatal injuries. If you were hurt or lost a loved one in a T-bone accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation known as damages.
There are two types of damages: economic damages, which include direct expenses caused by the accident, and non-economic damages, which include compensation for intangible losses, such as a reduced quality of life.
You may be entitled to compensation for expenses such as:
- Medical bills for emergency room treatment, diagnostic imaging, doctor’s visits, surgeries, physical and occupational therapy, and prescription medications
- Future medical treatment if you will require ongoing care
- Vehicle repairs include auto body and mechanical work
- Vehicle replacement if your car was a total loss
- Lost wages if you miss work while you recover
- Future lost wages if you cannot return to your previous occupation
- Modifications to your home if you need to make your home accessible
- Funeral costs if you lost a loved one
Georgia allows people to seek compensation for pain and suffering under OCGA §9-10-184. You may be entitled to damages for pain and suffering if you endured:
- Scarring or disfigurement
- Anxiety, depression, insomnia, or other mental health conditions
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Negligent Drivers Bear Financial Responsibility
If a driver causes an accident due to negligence, they are financially responsible for the other driver’s expenses, such as medical bills or car repairs. Negligent driving consists of any driving that disregards the safety of other drivers or pedestrians. Many driving behaviors constitute negligence. Here are some examples:
- Distracted driving
- Driving under the influence
- Ignoring traffic signals
- Violating traffic laws
Many T-bone accidents occur because one driver ignores traffic signals. For example, a driver who runs a red light or ignores a stop sign may T-bone an innocent driver. The police, insurance companies, and car accident lawyers can investigate your accident to see what happened and who is at fault.
Benefits of Working with a Personal Injury Lawyer on Our Team
A personal injury lawyer with our firm can help fight for fair compensation after a T-bone accident. Dealing with the police and insurance companies can be draining when you are trying to recuperate from your injuries. Your lawyer can take over these legal tasks and guide you through the process of pursuing damages.
Here are some ways your lawyer can help:
Investigate Who Is at Fault
We will investigate who caused the accident. The other driver and their insurance company may claim you were at fault, but we can work to dispute these claims.
We can collect evidence, including traffic camera data, eyewitness statements, cell phone records, police reports, and more.
Estimate Your Damages
We will estimate how much your damages are worth. We will support this estimate with evidence, such as:
- Medical bills and records
- Vehicle repair or replacement bills
- Pictures of the accident
- Pictures of your injuries
- Past earnings statements
- Interviews with you, your family, and your friends
- Funeral bills
Interact with the Insurance Providers
We can handle all the insurance aspects of your case, from collecting paperwork and submitting a claim to considering settlement offers and negotiating for fair compensation.
File a Lawsuit
If the insurance companies refuse to offer you fair compensation, we can file a lawsuit on your behalf and represent you in court.
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Lawsuit Deadlines in Georgia
OCGA §9-3-33 sets the statute of limitations for personal injury at two years. This law means that you have two years from the date of your T-bone car accident to file a lawsuit against the other driver. Once two years have passed, you might lose your right to sue.
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Kaine Law Is Ready to Fight for You
If a T-bone car accident has left you with injuries and a beat-up car, you may be able to recover damages for your medical bills, property damage, pain and suffering, and more.
The team at Kaine Law is ready to fight for your rights. Call our office today for a free, no-obligation case evaluation. Because we work on contingency, we collect no fees until we win your case. Call now!