T-bone crashes, also known as side-impact accidents, are too common in Sandy Springs. The sides of vehicles have very little protection, so injuries tend to be severe. If you or a loved one were injured, you can seek help from a Sandy Springs T-bone crashes accident lawyer.
T-bone accidents can involve everyday motorists or commercial drivers. These crashes are especially common with large commercial trucks. Semi-trucks and 18-wheelers are top-heavy and more prone to rolling over during a side impact.
If you suffered injuries from a T-bone accident, you have rights. Contact John Foy & Associates today to discuss your legal options. You don’t pay us a thing unless we win you money, and the consultation is always free. Call (404) 400-4000 or contact us online today for your free consultation.
What Leads to a T-Bone Accident in Sandy Springs
There is no one way that T-bone accidents always happen. However, these collisions often occur at intersections between two roads. One or more drivers make a careless mistake that leads to an accident.
Common causes of T-bone crashes include:
- Running a red light
- Failing to yield the right-of-way
- Speeding through a stop sign
- Distracted driving
- Drunk driving
- Making an unsafe or illegal turn
- Entering an intersection illegally
A driver can run a red light or stop sign for many reasons. They might run the light because they’re in a hurry or racing another driver. Many motorists fail to stop because of texting or other distracted driving actions.
A drunk, drugged, or tired driver can also cause a T-bone crash because they’re impaired. The driver could be so “out of it” that they don’t even realize they’re doing anything wrong—until it’s too late.
You’ll need to know what led to your accident. When you determine who was at fault, you’ll know where to bring a claim for financial recovery.
A Driver’s Duty on Sandy Springs Roads
Every driver in Sandy Springs has a duty to others on the road. According to the Official Code of Georgia Annotated (OCGA) §51-1-2, motorists must act as “ordinarily prudent persons” would in similar situations. In other words, drivers must be careful to avoid causing harm.
When a driver is careless, it’s known as negligence. And negligence that leads to an accident means the driver is responsible for the costs. If someone was negligent in your accident, you probably have a personal injury claim.
You can file a claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance company. Your claim will need to show that:
- The driver owed you a duty of care.
- The driver was negligent and failed in their duty.
- The driver’s negligence led to the T-bone accident.
- You have injuries and damages from the crash.
If a commercial truck driver caused your accident, their employer could be liable instead. You might need to bring a claim or lawsuit against the trucking company. Trucking companies often hold their drivers to unrealistic standards, putting them on the roads in unsafe situations.
Talk to a Sandy Springs T-bone accident lawyer if you suffered injuries. A lawyer can help determine who is at fault for your damages. They can also make sure you have the most substantial personal injury claim possible.
To go over your rights with an experienced and compassionate lawyer, call John Foy & Associates. The consultation is free, and there are no obligations. Call (404) 400-4000 to get started.
Partial Fault Laws for a T-Bone Crash
Georgia has modified comparative fault laws under OCGA §51-12-33. Under these laws, you can recover damages as long as you were less than 50% at fault for the accident. This allows an injured driver to still seek compensation if they were partially at fault.
You mustn’t automatically blame yourself. The other driver or their insurance company might try to pin some fault on you. But don’t assume anything without speaking to a lawyer.
If you were partly at fault, that percentage of fault would reduce your compensation. However, you would still be able to recover for what the other driver caused. Talk to an experienced lawyer today to learn more.
Common T-Bone Accident Damages
Your personal injury claim can include any losses from the accident like:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Property or vehicle damage
- Physical therapy or rehabilitation
- Pain and suffering
You can prove your financial losses with bills and other documents. However, proving pain and suffering is more complicated. There is no set dollar amount for emotional trauma, but money is the only way to compensate you.
Your lawyer will have a formula for calculating pain and suffering from the crash. They’ll also see if you’re entitled to other recoveries, such as punitive damages.
Serious Injuries from a T-Bone Accident
The injuries from a T-bone crash are often very severe. Side-impact accidents hit a driver or passenger from the side of the vehicle. Since there is less protection in this area, the injuries can be catastrophic.
Common T-bone accident injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injuries
- Neck and back injuries
- Severe burns
- Internal organ damage
- Injuries that result in death
T-bone crashes can also lead to worse collisions. The impact could force a vehicle into oncoming traffic, causing a second crash with other cars. If the accident involves a large truck, many people can become injured or lose their lives.
Don’t get stuck paying for the cost of an accident someone else caused. Talk to a lawyer today about recovering what you deserve.
Talk to a Sandy Springs T-Bone Crashes Accident Lawyer Today
The costs of a T-bone crash can be enormous. If you or a loved one were victims, it’s important to know your legal rights. We can handle the legal details while you focus on healing and being with loved ones.
No matter your story, reach out to John Foy & Associates. We’ll listen carefully, answer your questions, and go over your best options. Even if you don’t hire us, we’ll help you understand your rights and compensation options.
To get started with a free, no-obligation consultation, call (404) 400-4000 or contact us online.