Side-impact collisions, also known as T-bone accidents, can happen at any time in Stonecrest. The injuries from side-impact crashes are often severe, if not deadly. If you or a loved one were injured, you have a right to seek financial compensation.
Our Stonecrest side-impact collision lawyers can help. At John Foy & Associates, we know what it takes to win cases. Our team helps clients fight to recover their medical costs, lost wages, and much more.
Contact us today to learn more during a FREE, no-risk consultation. We do not collect a fee unless we win you money. Call (404) 400-4000 or contact us online to get started today.
Why Side-Impact Accidents Happen
Side-impact collisions have many causes, and each accident is different. If another driver was at fault, you’ll need to understand their actions. You’ll have to show how the driver caused the crash and your injuries.
Here are some of the most common ways side-impact crashes occur.
Failure to Yield
Many side-impact accidents happen because a driver didn’t yield the right-of-way. For example, drivers should yield to approaching vehicles before turning left at an intersection. If the driver doesn’t wait, they could hit oncoming traffic at any time.
Drivers in Stonecrest have a duty to yield the right of way, according to the Official Code of Georgia Annotated (OCGA) §40-6-72. If a driver fails in that duty, a severe accident can happen.
Running a Light or Stop Sign
Many side-impact crashes at intersections happen because a driver runs a red light or stop sign. If the motorist runs a light, they can crash into vehicles already in the intersection. These accidents often cause terrible or life-threatening injuries.
Side-impact accidents can also happen at four-way stops. A driver might enter the intersection without stopping for other vehicles first. As a result, the driver might collide with the other drivers.
Texting and Driving
Distracted driving is a common cause of all accidents, including T-bone collisions.
When a driver sends a single text, it can be the same as traveling the length of a football field with their eyes closed. As you can probably imagine, this is a hazardous situation.
Texting while driving is dangerous because it combines every type of distracted driving. However, there are other types of distracted driving, including:
- Talking on the phone
- Eating or drinking
- Putting on makeup
- Changing the radio
- Talking to passengers
If distracted driving might have caused your accident, talk to a lawyer. You will need to prove how the driver’s actions led to your crash.
John Foy & Associates can help you prove the fault in your accident. We know what it takes to build a case and fight for your compensation rights. Call us at (404) 400-4000 or contact us online to learn more during a FREE consultation.
Excessive speeding can make it impossible for a driver to yield correctly. The driver might run a red light or stop sign before realizing it’s there. Speeding can lead to severe accidents, including side-impact collisions.
Driving Under the Influence
An impaired driver is always dangerous. Although driving under the influence (DUI) is illegal, some drivers still choose to drink and drive.
If a drunk driver caused your accident, you might be entitled to damages. Talk to a lawyer about what you deserve as compensation.
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Common Damages from Side-Impact Collisions
Any losses from your accident are known as personal injury damages. If you did not cause your crash, you have rights. You can seek financial recovery through a personal injury claim.
The other driver’s insurance company might be liable for your injury costs. You can file a claim with the insurer and outline damages like:
- Medical bills
- Medication costs
- Future treatment needs
- Lost wages
- Loss earning capacity
- Vehicle repairs or replacement
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
Most insurance companies will answer your claim. You might get a settlement offer, but it’s nearly always a lowball amount. To get the settlement you deserve, you’ll probably need to negotiate.
A Stonecrest side-impact collision lawyer can help you negotiate with the insurance company. Your lawyer can also protect you from insurance company tactics used to pay less than you deserve.
Examples of T-Bone Accident Injuries
Side-impact accidents make up a significant amount of car accidents. Since vehicles are thinner and have less protection on the side, T-bone crashes are more likely to cause severe injuries.
Side-impact accident victims often suffer extreme injuries like:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones
- Severe burns
- Neck and shoulder injuries
- Anxiety, depression, or other mental health issues
Don’t wait to get medical treatment after your accident. If your injuries are severe, call 9-1-1 at the scene immediately. Otherwise, see a doctor as soon as possible after leaving the scene.
If you wait too long to get medical care, it will hurt your case. The insurance company will probably use your lack of medical records against you. Be sure to protect your rights by getting prompt medical attention.
Don’t Miss the Deadline to Bring Your Case
The deadline to bring an injury case in Georgia is two years from the accident date. Take this deadline seriously. If you miss it, you will probably miss any chance you had to recover damages.
It’s best to get started today. You will need time to gather evidence and develop a strong claim. Contact a lawyer today who can help you stay on track and file within the deadline.
Talk to a Stonecrest Side-Impact Collisions Lawyer Today
Side-impact accidents can leave you with painful injuries, costly medical bills, and so much more. But you should not have to bear the costs of a collision you didn’t cause. At John Foy & Associates, we’re here to help you.
Get the power of the “Strong Arm” and 20-plus years of experience today. We’ll start with a free consultation to discuss the details of your accident. From there, we can help you build a strong personal injury claim and fight for your rights.
Call us at (404) 400-4000 or contact us online to get a FREE, no-risk consultation today.