If you or your loved one has been injured in a T-bone accident or side impact collision, you may have significant injuries. T-bone accidents cause serious injuries, particularly at higher speeds, because the sides of cars offer occupants much less protection than the front and rear of the vehicle. You may be looking at a lengthy recovery and months out of work. At Parnall Law, our compassionate attorneys recognize that you are going through a rough time and feeling financial stress and worry. Our T-bone accident attorneys are ready to answer your questions and explain your legal options for seeking compensation.
Attorney Bert Parnall and the experienced team at Parnall Law Office are committed to helping broadside accident victims in Albuquerque and surrounding Central New Mexico. Our law firm is guided by five core values: Team, Talent, Truth, Tenacity, Triumph. We are relentless in our pursuit of justice on behalf of broadside accident victims. Parnall Law is so committed to the highest standard of client service that we offer a client satisfaction guarantee. If you are not totally satisfied with the way we treat you and your case during the first 30 days after hiring our law firm, you may take your file with no attorney fees and no questions asked.
If we can assist you, our skilled T-bone accident attorneys will investigate how your crash occurred, identify the drivers who should be held liable for your injuries and fight aggressively for full compensation. Contact us to review your T-bone accident claim.
What is a T-bone accident?
A T-bone accident, also known as side impact collision or broadside collision, involves the front of one car hitting the driver’s side or passenger side of another vehicle. Side impact crashes are extremely dangerous accidents.
In a T-bone car crash, the sides of cars have less structure and offer occupants less protection than the front and rear end of the vehicle. That means the vehicle occupant absorbs more of the crash energy generated by the impact of the collision. That is especially true in accidents involving older vehicles lacking side airbags.
A side impact collision can cause significant injuries including broken ribs, a fractured collarbone, crushed limbs and catastrophic injuries such as traumatic brain injuries and spinal injuries.
Who is at fault in a T-bone accident?
In a side impact collision, either driver may be at fault or contribute to the accident. Let’s take a look at a couple of common accident situations.
Example 1—A driver who has the right of way to drive through an Albuquerque intersection broadsides vehicle number 2 after the driver of vehicle 2 disregarded a traffic signal. In this collision, although driver number 1 struck the other vehicle in the side, the driver of vehicle number 2 had failed to stop at a red light and caused the T-bone accident by unlawfully entering the intersection. Driver number 2 is at fault and may be held liable by driver number 1.
Example 2—A driver who does not have the right of way slams into the side of another vehicle that crosses its path. In this scenario, the automobile that was struck in the side had the right of way. The driver who struck the other vehicle is at fault. It is a common occurrence when a driver ignores a stop sign or traffic light and crashes into another car that has the right of way.
Speeding, inattentive driving, failure to yield, drowsy driving, drunk driving, and other forms of driver negligence are the basis of most T-bone collisions. Determining who is at fault in a side impact collision requires a detailed investigation by an experienced T-bone car accident attorney. In some accidents, multiple parties may share the fault and be liable.
The defendant in a T-bone collision case may claim that the victim is at least partly to blame for the accident. Even if you were partly at fault in a T-bone or side impact collision, you may still have a right to recover compensation for your injuries and other expenses. The amount you could recover would be limited by the degree to which you were at fault, according to New Mexico civil law pertaining to car accidents.
For example, if you were found to be 30 percent at fault and a jury awarded damages of $100,000, you could still recover $70,000. An experienced broadside accident attorney will focus on the liability issue and resist attempts by opposing insurance companies to shift the blame. At Parnall Law, we stand up to insurance companies and fight for accident victims to receive full compensation for their injuries.
Where do broadside collisions most commonly occur?
T-bone accidents generally happen at intersections when one driver runs a traffic light or stop sign or fails to yield to another driver who has the right of way.
In New Mexico, drivers waiting to turn left at intersections are required to yield to vehicles going straight through an intersection. But a driver waiting to make a left turn may misjudge the speed of an oncoming car, truck or motorcycle and turn in front, causing a side impact collision.
When approaching an intersection, drivers should always look to the left and right for vehicles and pedestrians on the crosswalk to make sure it is safe to enter the intersection. Drivers should not enter an intersection unless they can get through it without having to stop.
Unfortunately, not all drivers obey traffic lights and signals. T-bone collisions often happen just after a light has changed. A careless motorist may hurry through an intersection to beat a light turning red and hit another vehicle that entered the intersection after the light turned green.
Albuquerque has many dangerous intersections with high traffic volumes. When motorists approach an intersection, they have a responsibility to act with reasonable care to avoid accidents, remain alert for other vehicles and pedestrians and obey traffic laws.
The names of some Albuquerque intersections such as Paseo del Norte & Coors Boulevard or Mountain Road and Third Street get listed frequently in police accident reports describing T-bone or broadside accidents.
Some Albuquerque intersections rank among the most dangerous intersections in New Mexico based on the rates of injuries and fatalities. Click on the link to read about some of the most dangerous intersections in Albuquerque.
What to Do If You Are Involved in a T-bone Accident
If you are involved in a broadside accident, there are certain steps that you should take
- Check your own condition and that of your passengers and others involved in the collision to determine if anyone needs emergency medical care. It is best to err on the side of caution and call an ambulance if anyone has injuries.
- Call 911 and report the accident to police. Wait for a law enforcement officer to arrive.
- Exchange driver’s license, vehicle registration and insurance information with others involved in the crash. Do not discuss the details of the accident with the other driver or attempt to assign blame.
- Do not admit fault because you may not know all the factors contributing to the crash.
- Do not comment on whether you feel injured. Some injuries take time to become apparent. You may not be aware of an injury immediately afterward because adrenaline can mask pain. The next day you may be very sore.
- Do not give a statement or sign anything presented by the other driver’s insurance company. Do not accept any quick settlement offers without consulting with your own lawyer about whether it is reasonable offer.
- Have an experienced injury attorney review your T-bone accident and discuss your legal options. If another driver caused the accident, that driver’s insurance may be liable for your injuries, lost income from missed work and other injury-related expenses. But you may need the representation of a strong attorney to receive full compensation for your claim.
Consult a T-bone Accident Lawyer in Albuquerque
At Parnall Law Firm, LLC, our side impact accident attorneys aggressively represent T-bone collision victims in Albuquerque and throughout Central New Mexico. Our experienced injury attorneys have helped individuals recover compensation for their injuries and other losses since 1997.
We will review the details of your broadside accident and discuss your legal options. If you decide to bring a claim against the party responsible for your injuries, Parnall Law will represent you on a contingency fee basis. Call us for a free initial consultation or reach us by completing our online contact form. If you are hurt, call Bert!