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Why are T-bone accidents so severe?
T-bone accidents can happen at any intersection, whether it be a 4-way intersection, driveway or side street. There are a number of instances in which a T-bone accident can occur. They include:
- Driver runs a stop sign or traffic signal
- Driver makes a left turn and cuts off oncoming traffic.
- Driver is distracted or impaired and fails to notice when it is time to stop.
- Winter weather conditions such as snow, sleet, black ice and freezing rain cause a driver to slide through an intersection.
- Vehicle defects such as a loose wheel or brake failure can cause a driver to lose control of his or her vehicle.
The side-impact from a T-bone accident differs from that of a rear-end or head-on collision. Common injuries sustained from a side-impact collision include:
- Spinal cord injuries and herniated discs
- Cuts from broken glass
- Broken bones
- Severed limbs
Why you should consult with an attorney
T-bone accidents can be complex for many reasons. Sometimes, the driver who gets struck is at fault for failing to yield the right of way. Two or more drivers can be equally at fault for failing to obey traffic laws. Additionally, the crash could involve multiple parties, especially if it happened at a 4-way intersection, or an intersection with multiple lanes.
Not matter what caused your T-bone accident, a thorough investigation and detailed police report will be crucial to building a strong case. Even if you were slightly at fault (but not more than slightly), you can receive compensation under South Dakota law. However, the amount of compensation you receive may be reduced by the percentage of fault you contributed to the accident.
Following a T-bone accident, you should never try to handle your claim alone. Insurance companies are known to take advantage of crash victims who don’t know their rights. That’s why you need to speak to an experienced car accident attorney at Northern Plains Justice, LLP. Our legal team can work to hold negligent drivers and their insurance companies accountable for your losses.
Consult with us online or simply call our Sioux Falls office at 605-306-4100.