Why You Need an Attorney After a T-bone Accident
Side impact collisions, also known as T-bone accidents and broadside collisions, are the second most dangerous type of collision. They account for tens of thousands of serious injuries and fatalities. If you have ever been in any kind of accident, you know that even if there is no injury the experience is something you will carry with you for life.
What do I do if I am in an accident?
After any accident, you must contact the police and any other emergency service that might be needed as soon as possible. Then try to take note of the time. See if there are any witnesses you may be able to get contact info from. Next, try to take a few photos, if you can. Finally, if you have to interact with the other driver, make sure they are alright but do not admit fault. Having plenty of evidence is key to resolving the situation. The sooner the evidence is collected, the more likely it is to be correct. ?
Once you have left the scene of the accident, make your way to a medical facility as soon as possible. Head to the local ER or clinic to get checked over for any damage you may have overlooked. You may believe that all you have are minor injuries, and that may be true, but these early medical records may become key to proving your claim if something out of the ordinary turns up. If you or your children develop anxiety or nightmares after the accident, seek treatment for these as well.
How can you determine fault?
With T-bone accidents, the fault may not be obvious. The police may delay making a determination. If there are no traffic cameras present, witness testimony becomes critical. If you make a note of the time of the accident and the timing of your call to the police it could, in most cities, be matched up against traffic light programming as well. If defective parts are involved, if a certain medical emergency occurred, or if there was an outside source of influence you will more than likely need an attorney on your side.
It’s important to remember that the majority of traffic accidents are the fault of human error, not individual circumstances or poor conditions. Not every accident is major, either. Though a T-bone accident is more likely to result in a severe injury, you may walk away with only a few aches and bruises. If your medical bills total less than $1,000 and you walk away without a significant injury you may consider going through the claims process on your own or with the help of an insurance representative.
Then again, if the accident involved any of the following, you should contact an attorney as soon as possible, even just for a consultation:
- A Driver Under the Influence
- Road Construction
- A Bus
- A Pedestrian, Cyclist or Motorcycle
If you are asked to sign anything that seems suspicious, even if it has been explained to you, you should never hesitate to ask an attorney for help. Though your insurer will try to make you the best deal possible in most instances, they are still in business and want to keep their costs down.
Contacting all of the different parties involved in your case and gathering sufficient evidence can be more than a hassle- it could be next to impossible. If you have sustained any sort of injury or trauma from the accident you may simply not be in a state where you can process the situation. Having an attorney on your side can make sure that no one takes advantage of you or your condition.
The police may be willing to do some of that work or they may not. An attorney will do everything they can for you. Beyond simply proving your case, they can work with your health care providers to ensure that any necessary documentation regarding damage to your health is collected. Then they can help you get an appropriate settlement, even if it takes some negotiation.