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T-bone accidents, also known as broadside accidents, happen when a driver fails to yield the right of way at an intersection. One vehicle strikes another vehicle from the side, forming the shape of a T. These car accidents can happen at 4-way intersections, stop signs, traffic lights or intersections involving side streets. With little protection between the driver and the side of the vehicle, these accidents often result in serious, life-threatening injuries. Traffic fatalities also sometimes occur.
Albuquerque car accident lawyer Andras Szantho has years of experience helping motorists injured in T-bone accidents seek justice. No matter how complex your accident may be, attorney Szantho can put his legal knowledge to work for you. He can launch a thorough investigation and find out who is responsible. It’s not just about money; it’s about holding negligent drivers accountable for their actions. Contact Szantho Law Firm today to further discuss your options.
Factors leading to a T-bone accident
T-bone accidents can be very complex. Sometimes one driver is at fault. Other times, fault can be attributed to more than one driver. Additionally, the driver who gets broadsided and severely injured could be at fault.
T-bone accidents are often caused by:
- Distracted driving: Drivers who take their eyes off the road for only a few seconds may not be prepared to slow down when approaching an intersection, or another vehicle making a left turn. Distracted driving can involve using a handheld device, using a built-in infotainment system, eating, looking in the mirror or talking to passengers without paying attention to the road ahead.
- Impaired driving: Driving while drunk, drugged or tired can cause delays in judgment and reaction time. A driver who isn’t mentally prepared to take evasive actions to avoid a crash, may end up running a red light or stop sign, or hitting a vehicle making a left turn.
- Speeding and reckless driving: No matter how skilled or mentally sharp a driver may be, speeding increases the risk of causing a T-bone accident.
- Inclement weather: New Mexico can experience a wide range of weather conditions. Depending on the time of year, drivers might have to deal with heavy rain or snow and ice. All of these adverse weather conditions can make roads slippery. This may make it difficult to stop.
- Vehicle defects: Brake failure, a loose wheel or tire blowout can cause a driver to lose control of his or her vehicle. When approaching an intersection, a vehicle defect can be a contributing factor in a T-bone accident.
Why you need a lawyer
The injuries sustained in a T-bone accident can be severe and life-threatening. They often include:
- Side-impact spinal cord injuries
- Head injuries, including traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Broken bones
- Severed limbs
- Organ damage
- Cuts, bruises and contusions
- Injuries to the torso
These injuries can often take months, or even years, to recover from. As the medical bills pile up and you’re unable to attend work and collect a paycheck, the financial burden can wreak havoc on your life. Don’t count on the negligent driver’s insurance company to offer you a fair settlement. They only care about keeping their own costs down.
That’s not right. That’s why you need an attorney who is dedicated to helping injured crash victims maximize their compensation. Attorney Andras Szantho can negotiate with the negligent driver’s insurance company. If they refuse to budge, he’s prepared to take your case to trial.
Contact Szantho Law Firm for a free and confidential case evaluation. You can also call our firm at 866-853-2462.