T-bone collisions often result in serious injuries like paralysis, traumatic brain injuries, and broken bones, and they may even be fatal for some victims. The Port St. Lucie attorneys at Donaldson & Weston help victims and their loved ones pursue justice against those responsible for their harm.
Vigorous Car Accident Attorneys Advocating for Port St. Lucie Residents
Car accidents lead to serious, life-altering injuries to many of the people involved. T-bone collisions, which occur when one car strikes the side of another vehicle, can result in some of the most devastating injuries to drivers as well as passengers. Victims of T-bone collisions face repeated doctor’s visits, time missed from work, and sometimes even the inability to ever return to a job, all of which can be quite costly. The Port St. Lucie car accident lawyers at Donaldson & Weston assist these victims in their legal pursuits to hold a driver accountable for their harm responsible. We understand that legal action may not be the first thought that victims have when healing from injuries, but we are committed to ensuring that our clients’ legal rights are properly preserved and represented in the aftermath of a severe car accident. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury in a T-bone collision, contact our office today to learn more about how we may assist you.
Dangerous T-Bone Collisions
T-bone collisions are sometimes known as side-impact or broadside accidents. These crashes involve one vehicle hitting the driver or passenger side of another vehicle. Since the sides of cars offer less protection than the front or back, T-bone accidents can cause more serious injuries than other kinds of accidents. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that in 2011, vehicles struck on the side accounted for approximately 3,000 fatal accidents. In Florida specifically, 20 percent of fatal collisions involve vehicles being struck from the side. Often, these types of accidents occur at intersections, where one driver fails to yield the right of way, runs a red light, or otherwise acts carelessly.
Holding Negligent Drivers Accountable
T-bone accidents are usually caused by some type of negligence. Negligence exists when a party breaches an owed duty of care to another individual, that breach causes an injury, and damages result as well. All motorists owe others on the roads, including drivers, passengers, pedestrians, and bicyclists, a duty to act as a reasonable and prudent person would act when facing the same or similar circumstances. A breach of this duty can take many forms, such as one driver’s failure to yield the right of way at an intersection, texting while driving, or speeding.
If negligence is established, an attorney can help an injured victim pursue damages to cover past and future medical expenses, property loss, loss of income, diminished earning capacity, and pain and suffering. When a victim dies as a result of a T-bone accident, certain family members may pursue a wrongful death claim on their behalf to be compensated for burial expenses, as well as loss of support and consortium. In the aftermath of a serious accident, legal action often does not seem like an immediate priority. However, timing can be important for preserving legal rights. In Florida, personal injury claims must be filed within four years of a victim’s injuries, and wrongful death lawsuits must be pursued within two years.