Impact collisions from the side referred to as a T-bone collision often comes out of nowhere. You were driving through an intersection simply following proper traffic rules, but out of the corner of your eye, you see someone has run a red light, and, before you know it, has slammed into the side of your car. Unlike a head-on or rear-end accident, victims from a T-bone collision, also known as broadside accidents, do not have the protection of a bumper on the side of their vehicle to absorb the force of impact. Instead, an individual in a side impact collision only has the door between them and the other vehicle.
The Philadelphia car accident lawyers at The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C., are experienced in handling all manner of accidents, including T-Bone Car Accidents with injury. When a Car Accident takes place, it is most often because one or more than one driver operated his or her vehicle negligently. Negligence is when someone either does something which a reasonable person would not do, or, alternatively, fails to do something which a reasonable person would do. T-Bone Car Accidents with injuries most commonly occur at intersections. These intersections are generally governed by traffic control devices, such as Stop Signs or Red Lights.
As the motorists enter the intersection, one or both of them has a duty to observe a traffic device in question. For example, if a driver is approaching an intersection controlled by a stop sign – he or she must stop and make sure that there are no cars coming from either direction on the perpendicular roadway. If he or she fails to heed the stop sign or a red traffic signal, enters the roadway, and strikes the side of the oncoming car with the front of his car, i.e., causes T-Bone Car Accident, he is or she will be at fault for the accident.
If you or a loved one have been injured when a negligent driver causes a T-Bone Car Accident with your vehicle, there is a protocol which you ought to follow. First, you, or someone acting on your behalf, should call the police.
Police presence is critical in order to ensure that all important details are recorded, and that the responsible party does not change his or her version of the events.
Unfortunately, in the City of Philadelphia, the police will not always come to the scene of a T-Bone Car Accident if there are no injuries to any of the parties. If this happens to you, be sure that you obtain the driver’s license, registration card, and insurance card of the other driver. If you have a smartphone or a camera, take photos of all of those documents and of the damages to all of the cars involved, and of the accident scene. If you are not able to take photos, make sure to write down all of the above information.
If you are involved in a T-Bone Car Accident with injuries, be sure that you inform the police officer of this fact, and insist on getting first response aid. If you refuse an ambulance or other first aid, but still feel pain or discomfort, call your family doctor or another healthcare professional as soon as possible.
The attorneys and staff at The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. are ready to assist you with any claims arising from your T-Bone Car Accident with injuries. We are available to answer any and all questions – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.