San Antonio T-Bone Accident Lawyer
Nearly a quarter of all fatal two-vehicle collisions involve side-impact crashes, including T-bone accidents. Many modern cars include side-curtain airbags to help lessen the shock of a side impact, but millions of vehicles on the road today still lack this safety feature. Even worse, when a pickup truck or SUV hits a lower-riding passenger sedan in a T-bone crash, the taller vehicle impacts the other car at its most vulnerable spot, with nothing but a window and a narrow door post between the occupants and the heavy vehicle striking them. Survivors of T-bone accidents often suffer the most catastrophic injuries, including serious fractures, loss of limb, head and brain injury, back, neck or spine injury, and others. An especially forceful T-bone crash can even push the struck vehicle into traffic or cause it to roll over.
The Law Office of Israel Garcia is devoted to helping car accident injury victims and their families recover significant compensation to help them deal with the pain and loss they have been forced to endure because of another driver’s negligence. In two decades of personal injury legal practice, we have helped many individuals and families find justice and financial assistance after a serious injury crash in South-Central Texas. Call our experienced San Antonio T-bone accident lawyer today for help with your claim.
Negligent and Reckless Drivers Cause T-Bone Accidents
A T-bone accident occurs when the front end of one vehicle strikes the side of another vehicle at a right angle, creating a T-shape out of the two vehicles. These accidents are most likely to occur in an intersection where one of the vehicles did not have the right-of-way. Some of the most common reasons for T-bone accidents include the following:
- A driver runs a stop sign or red light when they don’t have the right-of-way, striking another vehicle entering the intersection from the perpendicular direction. To make matters worse, the driver running the red light is frequently speeding or intoxicated, making the impact much more forceful due to the driver’s excessive speed.
- A distracted driver doesn’t notice that the light has turned red or that the driver is approaching an intersection controlled by a stop sign, and the driver continues through the intersection without having the right-of-way.
- A speeding driver does not have time to safely stop when approaching an intersection and the light turns red. Out of fear of losing control of their vehicles, drivers sometimes choose to continue through the intersection, hoping they won’t cause a crash.
Holding Negligent Drivers Accountable for T-Bone Accidents
Determining fault in a T-bone accident can be a complicated matter. In a rear-end collision, the driver in the rear is usually always to blame. In a front-end crash, the at-fault driver is usually in the wrong lane. When two cars collide at an intersection, however, the situation can be more complex. The police or accident investigators can’t necessarily tell who was at fault simply by viewing the position of the vehicles. Did a speeding driver run a red light? Did a negligent driver misjudge the speed and distance of oncoming traffic and make an ill-timed left turn into the path of an oncoming vehicle? Depending on the reason for the crash, the driver responsible for the crash could either be at the top or the bottom of the T.
The testimony of eyewitnesses can prove valuable in determining who was at fault in causing a T-bone accident. Also, San Antonio is equipped with hundreds of traffic cameras, license plate cameras and red light cameras that might capture the accident, and private security cameras from local businesses might provide additional video footage as well. Other accident reconstruction methods can also be helpful, including examining tire marks on the road and photos of the vehicles, along with studying information retrieved from each vehicle’s event data recorder.
Maximizing Compensation for T-Bone Car Accident Victims in San Antonio
T-bone accidents often result in the most serious, painful, expensive and disruptive injuries one can suffer in a car crash. Our team at the Law Office of Israel Garcia takes the time and effort to fully understand the impact a T-bone accident has had on the victim and their family, not only in purely financial terms such as medical expenses, lost income, and costs of rehabilitation, but also considering the so-called non-economic damages as well, such as pain and suffering or loss of enjoyment in life. The staff in our office know from personal experience what it’s like to suffer permanent effects after an injury, and our attorney has undergone specialized training at a high level to help get that message across to juries. Count on our team to help you be successful on your personal injury claim and recover the significant compensation you need and deserve after being injured by another driver’s negligence.
Contact the Law Office of Israel Garcia Today
If you or a loved one has been hurt or worse in a traffic accident in South-Central Texas, the Law Office of Israel Garcia is here to help. Contact our experienced San Antonio T-bone accident lawyer today for a no-cost consultation on your claims.