Side Impact Collision Lawyers in North Carolina
T-Bone Accident Lawyer
Have you been injured in a side impact accident? A North Carolina T-bone accident lawyer can help you seek the compensation you need and deserve.
For a FREE consultation with an experienced North Carolina T-bone accident lawyer, please call 1-800-525-7111.
There is no obligation and we don’t get paid unless you do. If we don’t recover compensation for you, you won’t pay any attorney fees.
Call 1-800-525-7111 and let an experienced side impact accident attorney from Riddle & Brantley review your claim.
Side Impact Collisions
Side impact collisions, commonly known as T-bone accidents, occur when the front end of one vehicle collides with the side of another vehicle. Side impact collisions are often the result of intersection accidents, or can occur on highways where vehicles merge, or at other points where two lines of traffic cross.
T-bone collisions are particularly serious because they often occur when a negligent driver ignores traffic signs or signals, such as when a vehicle runs a red light at high speeds. This type of collision can cause serious or fatal injury, particularly in the case of motorcycle accidents. Depending on the circumstances of the collision and the features of the intersection involved, either or both drivers could be at fault for side-impact crash.
Consequences of T-Bone Collisions
Unfortunately, T-bone collisions and sideswipes are among the deadliest kinds of car crashes that occur on the road. Although auto manufacturers of vehicles sold in the United States are increasingly including side-protection airbags on newer vehicles, the fact remains that vehicles are equipped with less crumple zone protection from side impacts than front or rear impacts.
Injured in a North Carolina T-Bone Accident?
If you or a loved one has been injured in a side impact collision caused by a negligent driver, then you may be entitled to compensation for injuries, medical expenses, lost wages and more.
The North Carolina car accident attorneys at Riddle & Brantley have decades of experience with personal injury and wrongful death claims involving car accidents, truck accidents, and more. Our attorneys understand the serious injuries and liability challenges our clients face in these collisions and know what evidence is needed to help our clients receive the compensation they deserve from a negligent driver.
T-Bone Car Accident Settlements
No outcome is ever guaranteed and all cases are different, however, our attorneys routinely represent clients who have been injured in side-impact collisions, and have achieved many fix, six, and even seven-figure settlements for some of our most seriously injured clients (see disclaimer below).
In one recent case, our firm obtained a settlement of $840,000 for the family of a 16-year-old wrongful death victim (see disclaimer below). Founding partner Gene Riddle used accident reconstruction to prove that a truck driver ran a red light, causing the collision that killed our client. In another case, Gene Riddle negotiated an $800,000 settlement for a client who suffered a fractured femur broken ankle, broken wrist, lacerated spleen, and other injuries when a driver made a left turn in front of him, causing a T-bone collision (see disclaimer below).
“This settlement changed me and my family’s lives.”
–Linda B., Riddle & Brantley client
Common Causes of T-Bone Collisions
T-bone collisions most commonly occur at intersections, which are more prone to this type of crash for a number of reasons:
- Intersections are known as “planned points of conflict” by the Federal Highway Administration, which means that these areas yield a high volume of overlapping and adverse traffic.
- Intersections are made more dangerous when negligent drivers fail to adhere to traffic signs and signals, which increases the chances of a T-bone collision.
- Intersections include left-hand turns, frequently across multiple lanes of oncoming traffic. During a left-hand turn, a negligent driver may cut across or turn into another car’s path in an intersection, causing a T-bone crash. In these cases, the at-fault party may be the driver of the car hit on the side, rather than the car that collided with the other vehicle head-on.
- Some intersections, especially those in rural areas, do not include comprehensive traffic signals. If you drive along the rural highways and backroads of any of North Carolina’s 80 rural counties, you will probably encounter an intersection of two roads with nothing more than a flashing yellow light or yield sign. If a driver is unfamiliar with navigating these intersections, or visibility is limited due to weather or another driver’s lack of headlights, a T-bone collision might occur. Reckless drivers also pose a serious threat at these types of intersections if they are speeding through without yielding for other traffic that might be entering at the time.
Other common causes of side impact crashes include:
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Driver fatigue
- Distracted driving
- Texting and driving
- Poor weather conditions
- Poor vehicle maintenance
- Driver inexperience
Common Injuries in T-Bone Accidents
According to the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS), side impact collisions account for approximately one-third of all fatalities in car crashes involving multiple vehicles.
As a result of findings like these, car manufacturers are increasingly including side airbags in their vehicles to better protect drivers and passengers during side impact wrecks.
However, despite these precautions, common injuries from side impact collisions still include:
- Broken bones
- Facial injuries
- Head trauma, including severe concussions and traumatic brain injuries
- Neck injuries, including whiplash
- Back Injuries, including spinal cord injuries and paralysis
- Cuts and lacerations, often causing disfigurement
- Wrongful death
Injuries Due to Airbags
Drivers and passengers whose airbags deploy during the collision may also suffer from injuries related to airbags. These may include facial bruises, chest injuries, asthma attacks, breathing problems and even whiplash caused by deployment.
Our North Carolina airbag injury attorneys have experience handling defective airbag lawsuits, including a case where a faulty airbag deployment fractured our client’s nasal bone. Founding partner Gene Riddle also successfully handled a case where the driver was killed by the airbag when it should not have deployed.
Sideswipe collisions are a special type of side-impact collision that occurs when two vehicles strike each other in a parallel manner, rather than perpendicularly as with T-bone accidents.
Fault can be especially difficult to prove in a side-impact collision, particularly when a sideswipe is involved. Sideswipes often occur as vehicles attempt to merge into a different lane and can cause significant injuries when both drivers are driving at high speeds. When a sideswipe collision occurs, it may not always be clear who is at fault for the accident.
Experienced North Carolina T-Bone Accident Attorneys
Side-impact collisions cause be scary and cause devastating injuries. If you were injured in a side-impact collision, Riddle & Brantley wants to help you hold the negligent driver accountable for your injuries, medical bills and other costs.
For more than 35 years, our NC car accident attorneys have been committed to helping injury victims fight for their right to fair and just compensation.
For a FREE consultation with an experienced North Carolina car accident lawyer handling T-bone accident claims, please call 1-800-525-7111.
The consultation is free and you won’t pay a dime in attorney fees unless we win your case — and you receive compensation.
Call 1-800-525-7111 and let’s talk.
“I was very pleased with how my case was handled. Everyone was professional and extremely helpful. I would not hesistate to use Riddle & Brantley again and highly recommend them.” –Robert L.
“Riddle & Brantley is a version of the Legal Dream Team. I would have never been able to sort things out without the professional representation this firm has provided. Would I recommend this firm to others? In a heartbeat!” –Elizabeth R.
Our attorneys are available 7 days a week to speak with you about your side-impact collision — we offer FREE, no-obligation consultations by phone, email, text and video conference.
We are ready to provide you with comprehensive legal counsel on your specific case as well as guide you through the entire litigation process. With convenient offices across North Carolina, we can serve you from anywhere.
Call 1-800-525-7111 and let’s review your side impact car accident case. You may be entitled to compensation and you deserve justice.
*** Disclaimer: The results mentioned are intended to illustrate the type of cases handled by the firm. These results do not guarantee a similar outcome, and they should not be construed to constitute a promise or guarantee of a particular result in any particular case. Every case is different, and the outcome of any case depends upon a variety of factors unique to that case.