After a T-bone accident (where another car hits you from the side), you might be entitled to compensation. Our lawyers in Macon can help you fight for the fullest financial recovery possible.
Getting what you deserve isn’t always straightforward. At John Foy & Associates, our Macon T-bone crashes lawyers help accident victims win fair settlements. For over 20 years, we’ve been “Strong Arming” the insurance companies to help our clients win.
To learn more about your legal rights, contact a Macon truck accident lawyer today. Call or reach out online for a free consultation.
Is It Best to Hire a Lawyer for Help?
You might wonder if getting a lawyer is necessary. After a T-bone crash that someone else caused, it’s generally best to contact a lawyer.
Hiring a lawyer is a good idea if:
- You have physical injuries, especially severe ones.
- You have questions about your rights.
- The insurance company has sent you an offer.
- The other driver is denying fault or blaming you.
- You’re unable or unwilling to handle the legal details alone.
You have no obligation to hire a lawyer, and there are cases where you don’t need one. However, more accident victims can benefit from professional legal help.
The good news is that you can contact our team at no risk. We offer free consultations without any upfront fees. You don’t pay us a thing unless we win you compensation.
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Who Is At Fault Matters in a T-Bone Accident Claim
Fault matters because it determines who should pay for your accident. The at-fault driver is the one whose actions caused the crash.
However, a driver is not always entirely at fault.
The responsible party could be:
One or More Other Drivers
A driver is more commonly at fault for a T-bone accident. For example, a motorist might run a red light and cause an instant crash.
T-bone accidents often happen at intersections or stop signs. One driver fails to yield before hitting someone at a “T” angle.
A Government Agency
Some T-bone accidents happen because of a malfunctioning or confusing traffic signal.
For example, a traffic light might stop working. This can confuse drivers and lead to a crash.
The at-fault party might be a state or federal agency that controls traffic signals. If so, you could have a case against the government. (And you have limited time to bring these cases, so contact a lawyer immediately.)
A Manufacturing Company
A driver might cause an accident because of defective car parts. If that happens, the vehicle or parts manufacturer might be responsible.
That at-fault party is not always obvious. Even if you know what happened, you’ll need to provide evidence. A Macon T-bone crashes lawyer can help investigate who is at fault.
At John Foy & Associates, we can help build your accident case today. Reach out today to get started seeking your compensation. Call (404) 400-4000 or contact us online for a free consultation.
Damages You Can Seek After an Accident
According to the Official Code of Georgia Annotated (OCGA) §51-12-2, there are two main types of damages you can recover:
- Special damages that have set dollar values
- General damages without set dollar amounts
It’s important to consider all losses from your accident. Your total damages will determine what type of settlement you deserve.
Special damages are financial losses you have because of the accident. These costs can include:
- Medical bills
- Medication costs
- Lost wages
- Vehicle damage
Wait until you’ve completed all medical treatment before filing your claim. T-bone accidents often cause severe injuries that require long-term medical care.
Your lawyer can help add up all of your economic losses from your accident. Even after a minor accident, the costs can be high.
Unlike special damages, general damages are more complicated.
You can point to the dollar values on medical bills and lost wages. But mental and emotional damages are harder to calculate.
Non-economic damages include:
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Emotional distress
Talk to your lawyer about the emotional effects of the accident. You’ll need help calculating the worth of what you’ve suffered.
Of course, no dollar amount can make up for the emotional turmoil of a severe accident. But financial recovery for pain and suffering can help you begin to heal.
Suing for Pain and Suffering
Many accident victims wonder how much they can recover for pain and suffering. But there’s no one set answer for everyone.
When a lawyer looks at pain and suffering damages, they will use a specific formula. Pain and suffering are usually three to five times the amount of financial losses.
To learn what your total damages are worth, talk to an experienced lawyer today.
Getting the Best Settlement Offer
After your accident, the other driver’s insurance company might offer you a quick settlement. The money is tempting for many victims, especially if they’re worried about paying their bills.
However, do not accept the first settlement offer. Talk to a lawyer first. If you take the first offer, you’ll most certainly miss out on the compensation you deserve.
A lawyer can help you negotiate a settlement that is fair to you. If you cannot settle, you might need to consider filing a lawsuit. Thankfully, most accident claims end with a settlement and don’t go to court.
What Happens If You Reject a Settlement Offer
After you get an offer, you can try to fight for a higher settlement. However, rejecting an offer will probably prevent you from receiving that offer. Before you talk to the insurance company at all, it’s best to check with an attorney.
You don’t have to take an offer just because the insurance company sent it. In fact, most first offers are not close to fair. You and your lawyer have the right to send counteroffers and provide your reasoning.
Talk to a Macon T-Bone Crashes Lawyer for Free Today
To learn your best legal steps today, contact John Foy & Associates. Call us at (404) 400-4000 or contact us online for a free consultation.