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Los Angeles Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyer For T-Bone Accidents and Side Impact Collisions

When a motor vehicle crashes its front end into the side of another motor vehicle, it is sometimes referred to as a T-bone accident due to the “T” shape the merged vehicles form. It may also be referred to as a side impact or broadside accident. No matter the name used, this type of accident can result in catastrophic injuries or even death. At Banafshe Law Firm, PC, our car accident attorneys believe in providing our clients who have been involved in T-bone collisions with premier, results-driven representation.

Common Causes of T-Bone Accidents 

A Los Angeles motor vehicle accident lawyer maintains two of the most common causes of T-bones accidents are:

  • Failure To Stop: Many side-impact collisions occur when a motor vehicle runs a red light or fails to stop at a stop sign at an intersection. The front of the at-fault vehicle then crashes into the side of the second vehicle. Generally, both cars are traveling at high speeds, and the resulting injuries are severe. 
  • Left Turns: When making a left turn, a driver must check to ensure there is no oncoming traffic traveling in the opposite direction. If there is, and the driver turns in front of the oncoming traffic, they may be involved in a T-bone accident. The speed at which the driver of the oncoming vehicle is traveling is also a significant factor in such accidents. The driver making the left turn will likely assume the oncoming vehicle is going at the posted speed limit and think they have time to make the left turn. This could be a fatal mistake if the approaching car is actually moving at a much higher rate of speed. 

Determining Fault in Side Impact Car Accidents 

Since T-Bone accidents typically involve traffic signal (light) and stop sign disputes, it is critical to contact a motor vehicle accident attorney as soon as possible so evidence such as cameras and can be located and preserved. It is also crucial to locate witnesses and obtain recorded statements.

In order to determine fault in a T-bone accident, there are several places a Los Angeles motor vehicle accident lawyer will look:

  • Police Report: The responding officer will study the accident scene, speak with witnesses, and write a report as to what happened. The police report is not the final word on who is at fault in a motor vehicle accident, but it can be influential in deciding fault.
  • Witnesses: It is crucial after you are involved in a side-impact collision accident to obtain the names and contact information of any witnesses present. Your Los Angeles motor vehicle accident lawyer will need this information when reviewing and preparing your case. 
  • Cameras: Many States, Counties, Cities and private business have cameras installed outside of buildings and on traffic signals that record events taking place. It is important to locate the cameras and download the videos as soon as possible since the video are set to overwrite and delete prior recordings after a predefined period of time. Failure to locate and preserve the video of the accident could be the difference in winning or losing. 

Speak With A Los Angeles Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyer if You Were in a Side Impact Collision

Our Los Angeles car accident law firm is prepared to handle every step of the process for you and you are not obligated to pay anything unless our representation results in your receiving the monetary compensation you are owed. Contact a Los Angeles motor vehicle accident attorney at 1-800-789-8840 or on our contact page for a free consultation. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and se habla espanol.

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