T-bone auto accidents (a.k.a. side-impact collisions) cause serious injuries. The driver or passenger that’s seated at the impact point may not survive the collision. If they do survive, they may be permanently impaired. If you’re injured in a T-bone collision, you need to contact an Atlanta T-bone accident lawyer.
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What Is A T-Bone Accident?
A T-bone accident is a side-impact collision in which one vehicle’s front end collides with another vehicle’s driver or passenger side. T-bone accidents are often “high impact” collisions because one vehicle is moving quickly and the other vehicle is moving slowly.
For instance, many T-bone collisions occur at intersections when one vehicle performs an unsafe left turn in front of an oncoming vehicle. The oncoming vehicle typically travels 30-45 mph. The turning vehicle typically travels 5-10 mph. When the vehicles crush one another, the occupants are violently injured.
T-bone accidents frequently occur at the Memorial Drive and Hairston Road intersection in Stone Mountain, Georgia. They also often occur near interstate off-ramps on I-285, I-85 and I-75. Some T-bone accidents happen on congested city streets in downtown Atlanta near Mercedes-Benz Stadium and Georgia Tech University.
If you’ve got questions about Atlanta’s most dangerous intersections call our Atlanta T-bone accident lawyers.
T-Bone Accident Causes
Driver errors cause many T-bone accidents. Most of the auto accidents that our T-bone accident lawyers handle involve the following careless driving behavior:
- Distracted driving – Many drivers cause T-bone accidents when they glance at their mobile devices before they turn. Even if the road was clear before the driver glanced at their mobile device, it may be unsafe just a few seconds later. In fact, oncoming traffic travels several hundred feet each second. Drivers must not turn before confirming the road is clear.
- Intoxicated driving – Drunk drivers have a decreased reaction time. That makes it difficult for them to judge whether it’s safe to turn in front of oncoming traffic.
- Illegal turns – Some drivers ignore signs that prohibit left-hand turns at red traffic lights. Those signs are there for a reason. It’s dangerous to turn!
- Speeding – Sometimes oncoming vehicles cause T-bone accidents when their drivers speed. Even if the driver travels under the speed limit, they must travel at a speed that’s safe for conditions. Rain, ice, or rock salt on the road can make it difficult to stop.
- Mechanical defects – Poorly maintained brakes, headlamps, and turn signals often cause T-bone accidents.
- Aggressive driving – Reckless drivers act impulsively. They may try to “beat” an oncoming vehicle by performing a last-second turn. That’s a recipe for disaster.
T-Bone Accident Injuries
T-Bone accidents cause one in four traffic deaths in the U.S.A. One or more people are killed in a T-bone accident in Atlanta every day.
Even when T-bone accidents aren’t fatal, they cause serious injuries. For instance, the collision might cause one of the vehicles to flip over. Even a low-speed T-bone accident typically applies 500 pounds of compression forces on the vehicle occupant’s neck and back.
Some of the most common side impact collision injuries include:
- Brain injuries
- Broken bones
- Damaged organs
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Spinal cord injuries
- Spinal disc injuries
Why You Need To Hire A Lawyer
You may feel overwhelmed after a T-bone accident. You may also think you don’t need to hire a T-bone accident lawyer. Perhaps, you may even try to negotiate your claim. Don’t make that mistake. If you push for a quick settlement, the insurance adjuster will sense you’re desperate.
You also shouldn’t negotiate your claim until your medical providers have fully evaluated your injuries. If you settle your case for a small sum and later find out that you need neck or back surgery, you can’t go back to the adjuster and ask for more money.
An Atlanta T-bone accident lawyer can help you recover the following compensation:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages and diminished earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Therapy costs
- Vocational training
- Wrongful death compensation if you lost a loved one
Our Atlanta T-Bone Accident Lawyers Can Help You
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The Atlanta T-bone accident lawyers at Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers maximize every client’s settlement. How? Because we invest our resources in our client’s cases, not in bus and billboard ads.