Albuquerque Attorneys Vigorously Representing Victims of Auto Accidents
When a motorist strikes another vehicle on its side, known as a T-bone collision, the consequences can be devastating. A car’s left and right sides typically have less protection than its front or rear, which means that the impact from a crash can cause significant injuries and property damage. At Parnall Law Firm, LLC, our car crash attorneys have assisted many individuals from the Albuquerque area in pursuing damages for their harm from any responsible party.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 16 percent of fatal car accidents in the U.S. in 2012 were the result of crashes in which the side of the vehicle was the initial point of impact. In New Mexico, the proportion was just over 20 percent. Many T-bone accident victims tend to suffer serious injuries as a result of the crash. The car’s occupants are more likely to sustain life-threatening harm from a direct impact than in most other collisions, while broken glass from a side window can also cause lacerations and other traumatic harm.
Seek Compensation From A Negligent Driver
T-bone accidents generally occur at intersections, when one motorist fails to yield to another or ignores a traffic rule. Speeding, inattentive driving, and other forms of driver negligence are at the core of most collisions. You can bring a personal injury claim against the person who caused your harm.
Negligence is a legal theory that is used to prove liability in many car accident cases. It is broadly defined as a person’s failure to use a reasonable level of care in a given situation. A person who relies on negligence must establish four elements to prove the defendant’s liability. These are a legal duty to use care, a breach of this duty, a causal link between the breach and the victim’s injuries, and actual damages or costs associated with the harm.
New Mexico motorists have an obligation to exercise reasonable care, which includes following traffic rules and avoiding potentially harmful activities while driving. A driver breaches this duty by engaging in actions that can lead to foreseeable harm to others, such as running a red light or driving while texting. If you can establish a causal connection between the defendant’s actions and your injuries, you can potentially recover compensation for any costs you incurred as a result.
The defendant in a T-bone collision case may claim that the victim is at least partly to blame for the accident. In New Mexico, however, you can recover damages as long as you are not fully responsible for the crash. The amount will be limited by the degree to which you were not at fault.
If you can establish the defendant’s liability, you may be able to recover damages for your T-bone accident injuries. You can seek compensation for your medical expenses, any loss in earning capacity, lost wages, damage to your property, pain and suffering, and more. New Mexico personal injury claims generally have a three-year statute of limitations, or two years (with a 90-day notice) if a state entity was in the wrong. You may lose your right to seek damages if you do not file your claim within the time limit.
Consult a Car Crash Lawyer in Albuquerque
At Parnall Law Firm, LLC, our car crash attorneys aggressively represent T-bone collision victims in Albuquerque and nearby communities. Our seasoned team of litigators has helped individuals recover damages for their harm since 1997. We will discuss your legal options and represent you if you decide to bring a claim against the party responsible for the accident. We can pursue a fair settlement on your behalf and effectively represent you at trial if necessary. For an initial consultation at no cost, call us at 505-268-6500. You can also reach us by completing our online form.