Information about T-Bone CollisionsT-bone collisions are called that because of the impact of the crash. Another car must have struck the side of yours in the middle of the vehicle, with the ensuing image being reminiscent of a T-bone steak. The damage can be extremely severe to both the vehicle and the person inside of it. T-bone accidents occur most often when an individual runs a stop sign or a red light and proceeds through an intersection that another car has the right of way to go through. The crash can be severe and happen at a high speed. Ignoring the law in such a manner is extremely dangerous; most often, the drivers who commit these acts are speeding or not paying attention to the road. They may not notice a stop sign or they may not notice that a traffic light is red. Although there are cases where other circumstances can point away from negligence – such as when a stop sign is blocked or when a traffic light malfunctions – the majority of the time, the blame rests with one of the drivers. For more details on these types of car accidents, call our law firm today.
Injuries from T-Bone CrashesT-bone crashes can be devastating and can cause numerous injuries. Some people have their heads bounce off the windows, resulting in cranial injuries, while others are crushed between the door and another part of the car. Such crashes have required the usage of the “jaws of life” to save people trapped inside. Some of the injuries we have seen include:
- Broken bones
- Crushing injuries
- Sprains and dislocations
- Torn muscles
- Nerve damage
- Severed or amputated limbs
- Brain damage
- Spinal cord damages
- Brain bleeding
- Internal organ damage and hemorrhages
- Cracked skull
- Neck injuries
- Spinal cord damage
- Herniated or ruptured discs
- Paralysis of limbs
- Paraplegia and quadriplegia
Procedure after a CrashIf you have been involved in a T-bone crash, you should immediately get medical attention if you are able to. You may have suffered numerous injuries that require emergency treatment; the ambulance can transport you to the hospital and the paramedics can help you on the way. Even if you do not believe you were hurt, you should still get medical attention; some injuries do not show themselves immediately and take a few days to start hurting. If you wait too long to go to the doctor, the insurance company can claim that you were hurt elsewhere besides the accident. You should get as much personal information about the driver as possible, including his name, driver’s license number, phone number, and insurance details. This will all come in handy when filing a claim and will ensure that you have the right defendant to take action against. You should then document your evidence. You should take pictures of your injuries or record them if possible, as well as snap photos of the damage to your vehicle. You can show the scene of the accident as well. Eyewitnesses and passengers can also provide their testimonies as to what happened and to prove that you were the victim of negligent driving. Police officers and medical personnel can also give you their recorded statements in the form of a police report and medical notes. Importantly, you should contact a qualified car accident lawyer in Los Angeles to handle your claim. We can walk you through the process of filing a claim, even if you are still at the scene of the accident.
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Negligence: The Basis of a Personal Injury ClaimThe four points of negligence that must be proven in order to file a personal injury lawsuit can be established as true with the assistance of a skilled attorney. We can show that you were owed a duty of care that was breached, which then resulted in an incident culminating in physical harm. You do not have to undertake this process alone. The important aspect of proving negligence lies in the presence of physical harm. Physical damages must have occurred in order to collect compensation for medical expenses and others. If you weren’t hurt, you only stand to gain reimbursement for your damaged property and missed wages at work if you cannot make it there because of a disabled vehicle or because the accident happened on your way to your job. For more information, reach out to one of our qualified lawyers at the Downtown LA Law Group in Los Angeles.
Time Limit on LawsuitsIn the State of California, you only have 2 years from the injury to file a lawsuit against the responsible party. If you take too long, your claim will be thrown out and you won’t be able to receive anything whatsoever. It is troublesome for some people to file a claim in this amount of time because they do not know the best way to go about it, but fortunately, our lawyers can help. You may also be eligible for an extension of the deadline. There are numerous ways for your time limit to be extended, but some of the most common involve age, status, and location of the defendant. If you were underage, you can file a claim two years after you turn 18, even if you were many years younger. If you were hurt so badly in the crash that you were mentally incapacitated or physically incapacitated (by way of a coma, for example), you would be able to recover first and then file a claim. Additionally, the location of the defendant is important – if he left the state and then returned two years later, the statute would not have run out; it is temporarily suspended for as long as he is outside of the state. Our lawyers can help you determine how much time you have to file your claim, and we can help you through the legal process of doing so.
Receiving Compensation for Your LawsuitOur team of lawyers at Downtown LA Law Group will do all we can to bring you the compensation you deserve for a T-bone collision. We will see to it that you are amply compensated for your damages and that you are not made to pay excessive amounts of money for expenses that you did not accrue by yourself. If you racked up various bills and debts stemming from the result of a crash, the responsible party should be held accountable and be made to pay for these damages. Such damages include: – Medical bills (surgery, hospitalization, medication, ambulance transportation, anesthesia, x-rays, medication, physical therapy, and future medical treatments) – Lost wages (from absent days at work, which can also be extended to future lost wages if you required additional time off from your job because of injuries or medical procedures) – Property damage (to your vehicle and other personal items) – Pain and suffering (fear, anxiety, PTSD, psychological trauma, and other emotional damages that happened after the crash) Further, if a loved one or family member died in a crash, we could help you receive coverage for the expenses stemming from the death. There may be opportunities to receive loss of consortium, loss of expected inheritance, pre-death medical bills, pre-death pain and suffering, and full coverage of the funeral and burial expenses. In the event that an individual was grossly negligent or deliberately attempted to hurt you, you could sue for punitive damages as well. These are monetary amounts meant to punish the defendant and to dissuade him from acting in such a manner again; however, many courts view these damages as excessive and do not award them. Only a skilled lawyer will be able to win them for you.
Call (213) 389-3765 to set up a free, no obligation consultation to find out if you have a case.If you need more assistance, feel free to reach out to one of our expert lawyers at Downtown LA Law Group in Los Angeles.