Houston Broadside Accident Attorney
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If you have been broadsided as a result of the negligence of another, you may have legal recourse to cover your medical bills, lost income and pain and suffering caused by the other driver. Call Simmons and Fletcher, P.C. today for a free consultation to learn your rights. 800-298-0111.
What Does it Mean to be Broadsided or T-boned?
A Broadside accident or T-Bone collision is a car accident where the front end of a vehicle collides with the side of a vehicle. Broadside accidents can be extremely dangerous and even deadly for the vehicle occupants–particularly the ones in the car that receives the side impact. These collisions result in a side-to-side whipping motion of the occupant that is much different than the acceleration-deceleration motion caused by a rear-end collision or a head-on collision. The side-to-side motion can result in the driver and/or passengers’ head impacting with the door, windows or pillars. This type of impact can easily produce head injuries ranging from lacerations and bruises to brain injuries, skull fractures and concussions. Many modern vehicle manufacturers have reduced the risk of this by incorporating side-impact or side-curtain air bags into the vehicles.
Who is at Fault for a Side Impact Accident?
Broadside accidents can happen in any number of ways and places. Some of the most common side impact collisions we see are as follows:
- T-bone accidents at the ends of isles in parking lots
- T-bone collisions at intersections
- T-bone collisions between a car leaving a parking lot or private drive and a car in the roadway
- T-bone accidents where a car is making a left turn across traffic
Parking Lot Side Impact Accidents
Parking lot accidents can be extremely complicated in Texas especially when they do not have signs or markings designating right-ow-way. Often, the police will not issue tickets or sometimes even investigate a collision in a private parking lot leaving the vehicle drivers to sort it out. The controlling rule of law comes down to all drivers having a duty to keep a proper lookout in parking lots. This is often open to debate depending upon the specific facts. Thus, it is important you consult a T-bone collision lawyer if you are injured as the result of a parking lot T-bone accident to determine whether you have a case.
Intersection T-bone Collisions
Determining who is at fault for an intersection collision typically comes down to who has the right-of-way. If there is a traffic control signal light and there are witnesses who can say who ran the red light, this will be easy to establish. However, where both parties are claiming green lights and there are no witnesses or where there is a 4-way stop, these cases may become swearing matches. It is very important that you contact the police immediately and get a report documenting that you had the right-of-way whenever possible, to prevent people from later changing their story and leaving you with no proof otherwise.
Broadside Collisions from Cars Entering the Roadway
Under Texas Law, A car entering a roadway from a private drive has a duty to yield right-of-way to any vehicle approaching. A vehicle may not enter the roadway unless the nearest approaching vehicle is sufficiently far away that it can be done so safely. While this goes a long way toward establishing the negligence of the vehicle pulling into the roadway, it does not, however, relieve the oncoming motorist of his duty to maintain a proper lookout and to slow down to avoid a collision whenever it is safe and possible to do so. Thus, while liability may seem clear, there is room for argument. Having a broadside accident lawyer to fight for you may make a difference in a case such as this.
Broadsided Due to Left Turns Across Traffic
Broadside collisions due to a car turning across traffic are typically due to the failure of the turning vehicle to maintain a proper lookout and failure to yield right-of-way. Under Texas Law, a vehicle that is turning may not move from its lane unless it is safe to make such turning movement. The turning driver has a duty to yield right-of-way to approaching vehicles. Once again, while this goes a long way to establishing the negligence of the turning vehicle, the oncoming driver is not relieved of his duty to maintain a proper lookout and make efforts to slow and/or avoid a collision where it is safe and possible to do so. Thus, just because the law favors the non-turning motorist, does not mean that the insurance company is always going to roll over and pay without a fight.
Hire a Car Accident Lawyer
If you have been the victim of a side impact car accident, don’t wait until the insurance company victimizes you a second time to seek legal advice. Simmons and Fletcher, P.C. offers free consultations regarding your automobile accident. If you employ us as your attorneys, we front the legal expenses and we don’t charge you a dime unless we make a recovery for you. Call today: 800-298-0111.
Paul Cannon has practiced personal injury trial law since 1995. He is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law (2005). He has earned recognition as a Super Lawyer by Thompson Reuters in 2017 & 2018, and as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers Association in 2017. He is a Shareholder, trial lawyer and online marketing manager at Simmons and Fletcher, P.C. His legal writings have been published by the Texas Bar Journal, Business.com, Lawyer.com HG Legal Resources, Lawfirms.com, and others. He has been asked to give education talks and media interviews on dog bite law.