Grand Junction T-Bone Accident Attorneys
Car doors and the sides of passenger vehicles provide far less protection than the front and rear ends. For this reason, T-bone accidents can cause serious or fatal injuries. This type of crash occurs when the front of one vehicle strikes the side of another vehicle at a right angle. In a recent year in the U.S., angle collisions accounted for 6,039 fatal crashes (18.2%), as stated by the Insurance Information Institute (III).
T-bone collisions can cause a range of serious injuries, due to the lack protection provided by the sides of vehicles. Common injuries in side-impact crashes include:
- Head trauma and traumatic brain injury
- Broken bones
- Back injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Soft tissue injuries
- Internal injuries and bleeding
- Contusions and lacerations
- Fractured pelvis or hip
Side-impact collisions are usually caused by driver negligence. Types of negligent driving that commonly lead to T-bone accidents include:
- Distracted driving: Texting or talking on a cell phone while driving has become all too common, with the prevalence of smartphones. Distracted driving caused 3,129 traffic fatalities in the U.S. in a recent year, as stated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs: Every day in the U.S., nearly 30 people are killed in drunk-driving accidents, as stated by NHTSA. Drug-impaired driving is also a major problem on the roadways. NHTSA reports that, in a recent year, 45% of drivers killed in traffic crashes who were tested for drugs tested positive.
- Speeding: Exceeding the speed limit or traveling too fast for conditions is a major factor in all types of motor vehicle accidents, including T-bone collisions. The faster a vehicle is traveling, the more time and distance is required to stop to avoid a crash.
- Disobeying traffic signals and signs: This unlawful and negligent driving behavior puts others at risk for serious side-impact collisions. A driver running a red light can plow into the side of a vehicle traveling through an intersection on the green light.
- Drowsy driving: Sleep deprivation can impair driving as much as alcohol or drugs. Fatigue can be a significant contributing factor in all types of traffic crashes, including T-bone collisions.
- Negligent left-hand turns: Unless they have the green arrow, drivers turning left at an intersection must yield to oncoming traffic. A driver who is distracted, impaired, or simply inexperienced can exercise poor judgment, causing a side-impact collision with an oncoming vehicle. Teen drivers are more likely to cause T-bone collisions while executing left-hand turns.
If you have been seriously injured in a T-bone accident for which another driver was at fault, you have recourse under the law. You may be eligible to file a claim for compensation against the responsible party. The first step is to speak with an experienced car accident lawyer, who can tell you if you have a case and what damages you may be entitled to claim. Your damages may include past and future medical expenses, lost wages, loss of future earnings, physical and mental pain and suffering, and other losses.
Our Grand Junction personal injury attorneys at Peters & Nolan, LLC have more than 20 years of experience successfully representing individuals in injury cases. Our top trial lawyers have recovered millions in settlements and awards for our clients. We have been rated 10.0 Superb on Avvo and listed among Colorado Super Lawyers®. For passionate and aggressive representation after a serious side-impact collision, call us today at (970) 243-4357.
Peters & Nolan, LLC is your ideal source for high quality legal representation throughout the state of Colorado. Known for being personable and responsive, attorneys Andrew J. Peters and Andrew Nolan are aggressive trial lawyers with an excellent record of trying and settling cases in criminal defense, DUI/DWAI and personal injury.
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