The Dubo Law team of car accident attorneys has handled countless T-bone crash cases in Baltimore MD and they are familiar with how devastating it can be for the injured party. We are here to aid with the aftermath of the accident and legal process while you focus on the recovery. Dubo Law lawyers will approach your case with honesty and devotion, advise you on legal options, and help get the compensation you deserve. Another advantage of hiring Dubo Law is that we will fight insurance companies and not accept undervalued settlements. Call our Baltimore T-bone collision attorney team at (443) 275-6345 for a free legal consultation!
What is A T-Bone Accident?
T-bone crashes, also known as side-impact or broadside collisions, are among the most dangerous road incidents. It is termed T-bone because the angle at which two vehicles crash into each other resembles letter T. This type of accident often occurs in parking lots or intersections since there is no divider between ongoing lanes of traffic.
The severity of an accident depends on many factors and speed is the most culpable. But the accident itself is dangerous because even if a vehicle travels at low speed, the force can trap the driver or passenger in their car which increases the risk of an injury.
Also, when at an intersection the driver who caused the T-bone accident most probably violated the right of way. The side-impact collision would often involve different stories and versions. This can make injury claims or lawsuits a very complicated matter, so the most advisable thing would be to hire an attorney.
T-Bone Crashes Statistics
- 28% of T-bone accidents involve cars, 18% pick up vehicles and 20% SUVs.
- In 2018 more than 5,000 people lost their lives in side-impact crashes.
- In 2019, 25% of all accidents in the U.S. were T-bones.
- Side-impact crashes made up 29% of all multi-vehicle fatalities.
- By Federal Highways Administration report, almost all side-impact crashes occur at intersections.
Who is At-Fault in a T-Bone Collision in Maryland
The hardship of determine the fault in broadside crashes lies in conflicting stories from drivers at the scene. The fault is focused on who had the right of way and what was happening prior to accident. It is very important to determine the fault and that the at-fault driver is held liable in case of compensation seeking.
Anyways, hiring legal representatives may be the best solution in these she-said-he-said situations. The attorney will investigate the case and gather all necessary evidence and documents to support the claim.
The state of Maryland follows the rule of contributory negligence which states that anyone whose negligent driving caused the crash and injuries, won’t be able to collect a dime from another party. Mostly, one driver is held responsible for a T-bone crash, but there are some cases when the fault is shared which makes it even more complicated for personal injury claims.
Commonly, the at-fault party violated some traffic rules such as:
- Failing to obey a stop sign
- Running through the red light
- Failing to yield at the place where another vehicle has the right of way
- Distracted driving – texting, using a cell phone, changing radio stations, etc.
- Aggressive driving
- Illegal left turn
There are some situations when the fault is not on the drivers but on natural impact or road defects. In these situations, collecting the evidence to determine the liability is crucial. Unpredictable events include:
- Impaired road conditions
- Bad weather – snowstorms, heavy rain, hail, etc.
- Mechanical issue in one or both vehicles
- Traffic signals failure
- Badly designed intersections
Proving Liability in A T-Bone Accident in Maryland
Any vehicle accident is a life-changing event and it carries a great financial burden. The personal injury law will protect the party injured because of someone else’s negligence and prevent them from enduring physical, emotional and financial weight.
Injury attorneys who deal with personal injury claims are experienced in proving the liability and help the injured party receive compensation for damages. The evidences which are gathered to prove the liability may be the following:
- Police and medical assistance reports
- Photos or video taken at the scene
- Witnesses’ statements
- Damages of the vehicle
- Mechanic report about the vehicle’s condition
- Experts’ statements
Filing the police report is not mandatory and in situations when parties did not suffer major injuries the police does not even come to the scene. Of course, it is advisable to have a police report since some drivers file a claim after some time has passed since the accidents, so documents get lost and memory a bit too. Also, taking photos and videos right after the accident may benefit you in the compensation case. If there is no imagery evidence other drivers may easily deny the fault and you won’t have anything to disprove it.
Statute of Limitations in Maryland
In most Maryland car accidents the deadline for filing the claim is three years from the moment an accident occurs. But there are some exceptions to this rule. For example, if a minor was involved in an accident, the three years period will begin from the day they turn 18. Also, the rule is different for wrongful death claims and in this case, the time counts from the day of death. Lastly, if a person was mentally incapacitated at the moment of an accident, the clock starts ticking from the time a driver becomes mentally stable again.
Financial and Non-Financial Impact of A T-Bone Accident
For both economic and non-economic damages you’ll need an aggressive car accident lawyer to get full compensation for the losses. The aftermath of every accident may be a very costly period and the impact may be thousands of dollars, needless to mention pain and future disability.
Economic damages are easy to calculate since they include costs that can be supported by receipts and reports. Plaintiffs get financially compensated for:
- Lost wages for current and future income
- Mechanic repairs and possible replacement or rental of the vehicle
- Emergency room bills
- Medical tests, X-rays, MRIs, medications, and doctor bills
- Physical therapy
- Health care assistance
Non-economic damages are harder to calculate and include stress, pain and suffering and destroyed quality of life. The jury will find it hard to put an exact price on it because who can calculate how much someone is suffering or experiencing anxiety. A jury will in need decide on the monetary value and will take the severity of injuries into consideration too.
The attorney, of course, plays the major role here because he/she uses the most powerful tools like family and friends. People who are close to victims can explain best how the accident affected quality of life and these testimonies are often responsible for great compensation received.
Common Side-Impact Accident Injuries
Journal of Safety Research reports that the T-bone accident injuries tend to be severe because of the mechanism of the crash itself. Side impact accidents fatality rates are higher than in other crashes since the side protection is limited and due to intrusion of vehicle structures. The injuries are mainly caused by the great force when vehicle crash and unresponsiveness of body movements.
Common injured body part are chest, abdomen, head and face, lower extremities and less likely neck and spine. The injuries which may be deadly are brain, thoracic aorta, and heart. Some other typical T-bone injuries are concussion, broken bones, whiplash, muscle and soft tissues. Those who were involved in an accident may develop PTSD (Post Traumatic Disorder), and this mental blockage usually prevents people from working, going outside, and enjoying life again.
Experience You Need and Results You Want from Baltimore T-Bone Accident Attorney
Neil Dubovsky, the founder of Dubo Law, is an awarded and experienced attorney who handled hundreds of T-bone cases. He and his team helped and fought for people who suffered terrible losses in side impact crash. Dubo Law is a legal firm from Baltimore, MD so its lawyers are experienced and completely familiar with local and state laws. Neil’s main virtue lies in client-centered environment, honesty and giving his best to provide victims the recovery they deserve. Each and every case is individually examined with special care and Dubo team get the job done with commitment and thoroughness.
I have nothing but great things to say about the team at Dubo Law. They are always quick to respond, and I enthusiastically recommend their services to any of my friends or family who need a personal injury attorney.
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