Car Accidents: Determining Fault in a Broadside (T-Bone) Collision in Nevada

A T-bone car accident is among the most dangerous types of collisions. The T-bone or side-impact crash occurs when the front of one vehicle collides with the side of another. Because there is less vehicle structure to protect occupants on the sides of a car than at the front or rear, the occupants nearest the point of impact may sustain serious injuries.

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If you have suffered serious T-bone car accident injuries, the person responsible for the accident should pay your medical bills and additional losses they have caused you. That’s simply What’s Right. However, auto insurance companies often deny claims or offer inadequate settlements when faced with expensive car accident injury claims.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a T-bone accident caused by a negligent driver in Nevada, a trusted Las Vegas car accident lawyer at Sam & Ash, LLP can help you seek the car accident settlement you deserve. We can investigate and pursue an injury claim without any upfront costs to you. We’ll only get paid after we recover money for you through a negotiated settlement or court award.

Call or contact Sam & Ash online today for a no-obligation legal consultation. When injured people seek our help, we respond 24/7 — because you deserve What’s Right.

How Do T-Bone Car Accidents Happen?

Car crashes in which the front of one motor vehicle hits the side of another vehicle have several common names. They are called “T-bone” accidents because of the T-shape the vehicles create at impact. They are also referred to as right-angle accidents, broadside accidents, and side-impact accidents.

Many T-bone accidents happen at intersections. As a federal study of intersection accidents explains, “Crashes often occur at intersections because these are the locations where two or more roads cross each other and activities such as turning left, crossing over, and turning right have the potential for conflicts resulting in crashes.”

Intersection accidents account for about 40% of car accidents in the U.S., the study says.

Usually, an accident occurs at an intersection because one vehicle has violated another vehicle’s right of way, such as by running a stoplight or stop sign or making a left turn in front of an oncoming car. A driver who has pulled into an intersection may broadside a passing vehicle or be “T-boned” by another car.

Driver error leads to 96 percent of intersection accidents, the study says. Fewer than 3 percent of these crashes are due to vehicle malfunctions or inclement weather, glare, or darkness.

The most common errors contributing to these collisions are:

  • Not adequately looking before turning
  • Incorrectly assuming another driver’s action or intention
  • Turning with an obstructed view
  • Running a red light or stop sign
  • Illegal passing
  • Distracted driving, such as talking or texting on a phone, eating, engaging with pets or passengers
  • Misjudging the speed of an oncoming vehicle or the distance between vehicles

Injuries in T-Bone Car Accidents

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), which conducts car crash tests, says protecting people in side-impact crashes “is challenging because the sides of vehicles have relatively little space to absorb energy and shield occupants.” By comparison, the fronts and rears of cars have substantial crumple zones

The IIHS says side crashes account for about 25% of passenger vehicle occupant deaths in the United States. It says that automakers have made big strides in improving the safety of cars in side-impact collisions by installing side airbags and strengthening vehicle structures.

When it checks crash-test dummies used in side-impact crash tests, the IIHS measures impact to the head, neck, chest, abdomen, pelvis, and femur, with emphasis on the head and upper body.

In a T-bone crash, vehicle passengers are injured by the force of impact of the collision. The initial impact can violently jolt the body. The individual can sustain additional injuries from seat belts, airbags, or hitting the interior structure of the car. Unrestrained occupants may be slammed against each other or ejected from the vehicle. A car hit in a T-bone crash may be pushed into the path of another vehicle and be hit again or crushed against a solid structure like a utility pole or bridge abutment.

Depending on the weight and size of the vehicles, the speed at impact, and protection offered by the vehicles, T-bone accidents can cause various levels of:

  • Head injuries, including concussion and more serious traumatic brain injury
  • Hyperextension and/or hyperflexion of the neck, also known as whiplash
  • Back and spinal cord injuries
  • Bone fractures, particularly in the hips, legs, arms, and ribs
  • Internal organ damage, such as to the liver and bowels, and internal bleeding
  • Soft tissue injuries, such as torn tendons, muscles, and ligaments
  • Strains and sprains, from violent shaking
  • Lacerations, from broken glass and/or shorn metal

Finding Who Is at Fault in a T-Bone Car Accident

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If you have been injured in a T-bone accident caused by a driver who committed an error that led to the collision or who was driving recklessly, the attorneys at Sam & Ash, LLP can work to develop a persuasive case for compensation for you.

We will move quickly to gather evidence to demonstrate fault after a T-bone accident. We will review police reports as well as statements from any witnesses, including passengers in either car. We will examine vehicle damage, which can help to ID the crash as a T-bone accident and to underscore the extent of your injuries.

Other potential sources of evidence we’d search for to help show what the other driver was doing when the crash occurred, include:

  • Traffic camera footage, including about 30 cameras in the Las Vegas area, which may have recorded the crash
  • Security cameras at nearby businesses or ATMs that may have filmed the accident
  • Electronic data recorder (EDR) or “black box” contents showing the vehicle’s speed, braking, trajectory, and acceleration before the collision
  • Cellphone or text message records, which may indicate distracted driving
  • Debit or credit card records, which may indicate alcohol purchases prior to the crash
  • Social media posts, in which negligent drivers sometimes incriminate themselves
  • Accident reconstruction by forensic experts, as necessary, and expert testimony to explain how and why the accident happened

It is best to contact an experienced Las Vegas car accident attorney as soon as possible following an accident so arrangements can be made to secure evidence like damaged vehicles and EDR contents and to gather other evidence before it degrades or is discarded.

Compensation for a T-Bone Accident Claim

Under Nevada law, you can demand full and fair compensation from the party who has injured you through an act of negligence or recklessness. The amount of compensation you may recover will depend on the extent of your injuries, the impact they have had on your life, and the insurance policies available to pay compensation.

As we gather evidence of liability for the T-bone accident you were involved in, we will compile your medical records, employment records, receipts from accident-related costs paid out of pocket, and other evidence to demonstrate what the crash and the injuries you suffered have cost you.

In general, we help victims of T-bone car accidents pursue compensation as payment for:

  • Medical treatment – from emergency care to rehab – of injuries suffered in the accident or made worse by the crash
  • Costs of anticipated medical treatment that must be delayed or for ongoing medical requirements of disabling injuries
  • Lost income, including projected earnings lost because of diminished work capacity your injuries, have caused
  • The cost to repair or replace your damaged vehicle
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress

We will develop strong evidence of liability and a full accounting of your costs and losses to present to insurers along with your demand for a T-bone car accident settlement. If the insurance company will not provide proper compensation, our attorneys at Sam & Ash, LLP will file a lawsuit on your behalf and be prepared to present a persuasive case to the judge and jury. Due to our track record and reputation, we are able to settle most cases without a trial.

Contact a Las Vegas T-Bone Car Accident Lawyer

If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a T-bone car accident in Nevada, call our experienced car accident attorneys in Las Vegas as soon as you can. The lawyers at Sam & Ash, LLP, have worked with thousands of car accident victims just like you. We understand how and why T-bone accidents happen and the harm they cause individuals and their families.

You’ll need experienced and tough-minded attorneys on your side to compel the insurance company to compensate you as fully as you deserve. While we are tough legal advocates, we are also friendly, down-to-earth professionals who will listen to you and advocate for you. We want you to get the medical care you need as well as a proper settlement.

Meet with Sam & Ash in Las Vegas and get to know us. We are ready to fight for What’s Right for you. Contact us today.