Car accidents are a regular occurrence in Florida and around the country. T-bones rank as some of the most common, and they can leave the occupants of the vehicle hit from the side reeling with serious injuries. Establishing who’s at fault for these collisions helps when a victim files a lawsuit.
Determining fault for a side accident
Side accidents, also known as T-bones, are dangerous because cars lack the safety features typically found on their fronts and backs. Drivers and passengers alike can sustain catastrophic injuries as a result. Unlike rear-end collisions, it’s not always obvious to tell who caused a side car accident.
Evidence can show who’s at fault for a T-bone. Photos showing the aftermath of the accident can show the damage while video footage can show the accident as it happened and determine whether a driver acted recklessly or negligently.
Police reports explain the details of what happened and include any traffic violations and citations issued to drivers. Eyewitnesses often make or break car accident claims; as impartial third parties, they can attest to how the accident occurred and who was at fault.
If you were injured in the accident and sought medical attention, your medical records can show the extent of how the accident affected you. This evidence should be included with your medical bills.
In some cases, an investigation might be necessary to determine fault for this type of car accident.
Causes of side accidents
Negligence such as distracted driving, ignoring traffic signs and signals and improperly-timed turns often causes side accidents. Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, aggressive driving, road rage and reckless driving are also common culprits. If a driver is found to be guilty of any of these categories after a T-bone, it could more easily establish liability.