Compensation for Victims of T-Bone Accidents in Nevada
In Nevada, accidents happen every day. These collisions are divided into different types of car accidents. For example, head-on crashes happen when two cars collide directly from the front while rear-end accidents happen if one car hits the back of another.
One of the most common types of motor vehicle accidents in Las Vegas is a t-bone crash. This kind of accident gets its name because the cars resemble the shape of a T at the time they hit.
One car is typically traveling straight — often through an intersection — and another car enters the intersection at the same time, striking the side of the first vehicle. T-bone accidents involve a direct hit to the side of the vehicle, rather than a sideswipe accident where one car brushes another.
The car that hits the vehicle traveling straight could strike any part of the side of the car directly. This means the nose of the car that hits the other vehicle’s side might hit the front side, the middle side, or the side in the back of the vehicle. No matter what part of the side of the vehicle is struck, the damage to the car — and the injuries to occupants — could be serious and substantial.
Causes of T-Bone Accidents
There are many possible reasons T-bone accidents can occur including:
- Motorists running a stop sign or a red light and hitting the side of another car
- Nevada drivers who fail to pay attention when they enter an intersection
- Drivers who lose control over their vehicle and strike the side of another car
- Intoxicated or impaired motorists who hit the side of another car
- Distracted drivers who don’t pay attention to another vehicle on the road
- Vehicle malfunctions that cause motorists to lose control over their vehicle
- Road design problems that obscure oncoming traffic or traffic control signals
These are just a few of many potential causes of T-bone crashes. These types of accidents can be caused by the negligent conduct of a driver who fails to obey the rules of the road or who neglects to act with the reasonable care expected of all motorists.
They can also be caused by problems with the road that make it impossible for motorists to see cars in front of them or to see red lights or stop signs until it is too late. Finally, a t-bone crash could happen because of a problem with a car that causes a motorist to lose control.
Who is Responsible for a T-Bone Accident?
A person or entity whose acts or omissions cause a t-bone accident to occur can be held legally responsible for the accident and can be made to provide monetary compensation to crash victims. T-bone accidents often cause severe and sometimes fatal injuries, so the compensation can be substantial in many circumstances.
A driver whose negligent or careless conduct caused a crash could be sued by the victims or his or her insurer could accept responsibility and negotiate a settlement. If the driver was working at the time of the incident and caused the crash while on-the-job, the motorist’s employers could potentially be held liable for the t-bone crash and resulting losses.
Any accident victims would need to prove that the motorist was unreasonably negligent or failed to exercise due care while driving in order to be able to obtain compensation for losses.
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A victim could prove negligence by showing that a motorist who caused a T-bone crash broke the rules of the road. Violating safety rules creates a presumption of negligence, making it easier for crash victims to obtain compensation as long as they can show the violation was the direct crash of the cause.
If no safety rules were broken, motorists can still prove negligence by demonstrating that any reasonably competent driver wouldn’t have been so careless as to cause a t-bone crash to occur.
If the incident was caused by a problem with the vehicle, then the car manufacturer may be to blame, and product liability laws would govern the case. And, if road design problems were the cause of the crash, victims would need to show a failure on the part of those responsible for designing or maintaining the roads to obtain compensation from that party or his employer.
LV Personal Injury Lawyers can provide help in the aftermath of a T-bone accident in determining who is to blame and pursuing a claim.
Compensation for T-Bone Accidents
Compensation for t-bone accidents should put victims back in the position they were in had the crash not occurred. This means providing money to cover all financial loss, including medical expenses and loss of wages.
While there’s no undoing the pain a collision causes, victims who reside in Las Vegas should also receive payment for pain and suffering and emotional distress. And, if a t-bone accident is fatal, surviving family members of the victim should be entitled to wrongful death damages.
Getting Help From Vegas Car Accident Lawyers
Zachary D. Clayton and his experienced team at LV Personal Injury Lawyers can help crash victims to get compensation for T-bone accidents. We will work closely with you to understand your rights and to navigate the legal system so you can get full and fair compensation.