Denver T-Bone Car Accident Attorneys
Auto accidents are prevalent around the country. They’re one of the leading causes of injury, but T-bone collisions, in particular, can lead to traumatic physical harm, including severe injuries and fatalities.
A T-bone accident occurs when one vehicle crashes into the side of another. The impact against the side of the vehicle can cause the metal structure to crumple like a piece of paper. The person inside could get pinned between the door and center console and sustain crush injuries.
Many times, victims of T-bone crashes have to get cut out of the vehicle. They might require extensive medical care or end up with a permanent disability. Over time, medical bills add up and become a financial strain on the injured victim. Usually, victims must also grapple with lost wages, property damages, and pain and suffering.
If you were the victim of a T-bone accident in Denver, don’t hesitate to get the legal help you need to recover your maximum financial reward. The experienced car accident attorneys at The Bourassa Law Group know what it takes to secure the full, fair compensation our clients are owed. Our settlements and verdicts speak to the dedication we bring to every case.
We work on contingency, which means you won’t have to pay us a dime unless we secure compensation for you. Call the Denver T-bone accident lawyers from The Bourassa Law Group at (303) 331-6186 to learn about your legal options.
T-Bone Accidents and the Injuries They Cause
Most T-bone crashes occur at intersections. A driver late for work might run a red light or speed through it to beat drivers coming from other directions. That could result in colliding with the side of another car.
The most common reasons T-bone crashes occur are:
- Failure to yield
- Speeding or driving too fast for road or weather conditions
- Failure to stop at a stop sign
- Running a red light
- Failure to check for oncoming traffic
- Driver inattention or distraction
When someone hits the side of your vehicle with their vehicle, your body gets jostled around and can sustain many injuries. Even if you’re wearing your seatbelt, you could suffer from whiplash or hit your head against the side window.
The most common injuries we see from T-bone accident victims include:
- Upper body injuries: You could sustain injuries to your head, neck, and back, even if you’re wearing your seatbelt. A concussion, whiplash, spinal cord injury, paralysis, and traumatic brain injury are all possible.
- Lower body injuries: Your lower body could get pinned under the crumpling car parts around you, resulting in broken legs, feet, or pelvis.
- Psychological injuries: Car crashes are traumatic experiences. Many people can go about their daily lives without any emotional harm, but some develop PTSD or anxiety after the accident. You could have trouble sleeping, fear getting in another vehicle, or have nightmares.
- Crush injuries: If you get stuck under a collapsed roof or in your seat, you could suffer from various crush injuries. You might sustain a broken bone, head trauma, nerve damage, or skin lacerations and wounds. You could also lose a limb in the accident or need an amputation.
How You Should Handle a T-bone Accident
If you get hurt in a T-bone crash, you need to follow some crucial steps to ensure you’re able to win compensation from the at-fault party. If you leave the scene before law enforcement gets there or fail to collect evidence at the crash site, you could ruin your chance of recovering the maximum settlement in an insurance claim.
- Call the police and wait for them to show up at the scene to perform an investigation. Request a copy of the traffic crash report when available to use as evidence that the other person caused the T-bone accident.
- Get information from the other driver, such as their name, contact information, and auto insurance information.
- Take pictures of the accident scene, vehicle damage, debris in the road, and anything else you think is relevant.
- Speak to anyone who witnessed the accident and write down their names and phone numbers. They could provide testimony about how the crash occurred if your case goes to trial.
- Get treatment for your injuries from a doctor. Show up for regularly scheduled appointments, and don’t stop treatment until you recover.
- Keep copies of your medical records, prescriptions, billing statements, receipts for out of pocket expenses, car repair estimates, and other documents related to the crash.
- Hire a Denver T-bone accident lawyer to help you with your case.
It’s crucial to remember that the insurance company is not looking out for your best interest and will do everything it can to avoid paying the maximum settlement available. To avoid making a mistake during the legal process:
- Don’t speak with the auto insurance company. Give them our contact information, and we’ll talk to them on your behalf.
- Don’t admit any amount of fault for the crash. Under Colorado’s modified comparative negligence rule, you could receive a reduced settlement based on the percentage of blame you share.
- Don’t complete forms the at-fault driver’s insurance adjuster sends you. Some of it is confusing and meant to strip you of your rights. If you sign something you don’t understand, you could end up signing away your rights to full coverage of your damages.
- Don’t settle your case before you finish your medical treatment. If you accept the insurance company’s settlement but continue to see your doctors, you’ll incur additional expenses. If your costs exceed the settlement, you’ll end up paying for things out of pocket.
- Don’t handle your case alone. If you choose not to seek legal representation from The Bourassa Law Group, you could lose your case. An experienced Denver T-bone accident lawyer understands the complexities of insurance claims and will aggressively fight for the compensation you need.
The Steps The Bourassa Law Group Will Take Care of for You
When you hire us, we will handle everything from start to finish of your case. You won’t have to worry about anything except treating your injuries and recovering. We will:
- Investigate: We will investigate the cause of your crash by reviewing the police reports, photos of the accident scene, video surveillance footage of the crash, witness statements, and the other driver’s driving history, toxicology reports, and cell phone records.
- Complete forms: We’ll fill out and submit every document the insurance company requires from you. We know which ones we have to complete and which ones are not a legal requirement.
- Gather evidence: We’ll request evidence immediately, so nothing gets lost or destroyed.
- Monitor medical treatment: We’ll read through your medical records to ensure your physicians document your injuries appropriately. An insurance company will deny a claim if the medical records don’t state that an injury was the result of the car crash.
- Negotiate a settlement: When the time comes to negotiate a settlement with the insurance adjuster, we’ll make sure it’s fair and covers your damages.
What Damages Can I Recover in an Insurance Claim?
Getting hurt in a T-bone accident often leads to physical, emotional, and financial damages. You’re entitled to compensation for all of them when you file a claim with the at-fault driver’s liability insurance company.
Economic damages may include:
- EMS bills
- Hospital and medical treatment
- Prescription medicines
- Lost wages
- Lost future earnings
- Car repairs
Non-economic damages may include:
- Loss of quality of life
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
An attorney will provide thorough answers to all your questions regarding your accident and case. We’ve included answers to commonly asked questions, however, that may be helpful.
What are punitive damages?
Punitive damages are a way to punish the negligent party for their actions. If you want to file a lawsuit, you can seek punitive damages and hold the other driver accountable for their reckless behavior that led to the T-bone accident.
Colorado follows a three-year statute of limitations for personal injury lawsuits. That means you have three years from the crash date to pursue civil action against the at-fault party. After three years pass, you’ll lose your right to seek compensation for this specific legal matter.
What’s the value of my case?
When an insurance adjuster or jury is reviewing the facts of your T-bone crash case, they will consider different factors. The following could result in a higher or lower financial award:
- The nature of your injury and its severity
- Your total expenses
- How much work you missed because of your injury
- Relevant evidence submitted throughout the case
- Availability of witnesses or experts
- Type of treatment you needed and how long it lasted
- If a physical impairment, permanent disfigurement, or disability resulted from the accident
- Coverage listed on the insurance policy
- If the defendant’s actions were wanton, reckless, or negligent
What if the other driver doesn’t carry insurance?
There are multiple options if the at-fault driver doesn’t have liability auto insurance. You may:
- File a UM claim with your insurance
- File a PIP claim with your insurance
- File a lawsuit against the driver
Should I see a doctor if I don’t feel injured?
Yes. Sometimes the initial shock of getting into a T-bone accident will reduce the pain people feel. It could take several days for the full effects of the crash to set in. You should undergo a medical evaluation immediately to be on the safe side, and begin your legal case if your injury turns out to be significant.
Should I file a lawsuit or insurance claim?
It depends on your case. Some people receive a favorable settlement from a claim, while others need to file a lawsuit for additional compensation. Your attorney will advise you on your legal options and how to proceed in your T-bone accident case.
Contact The Bourassa Law Group
If you were the victim of a T-bone accident in Denver and want an experienced car accident lawyer to assist you with your case, call us today at (303) 331-6186. We’ll schedule a free consultation for you to meet with our legal team and discuss the details of your crash. When you hire us, we’ll begin our investigation and work efficiently to recover the maximum compensation you deserve.
Frequently asked questions
The legal definition of a personal injury is when someone’s failure to use reasonable care in a particular situation results in another person’s physical, emotional, or psychological injury. Personal injury cases often rely on the elements of negligence to prove the responsible party’s actions were the cause of the other party’s injuries.
The length of a personal injury case depends on the type of case and various factors, such as the severity of the injury sustained and the duration of necessary treatment. A car accident case might take six months to resolve, while a wrongful death lawsuit could take two years. It all depends on the circumstances surrounding the case.
No. Whether you got hurt in a car accident or on someone else’s property, you should never speak with their liability insurance company about the claim. They try to save money whenever possible and could attempt to trick you into accepting a low settlement amount or intimidate you into dropping the case. Your Denver personal injury lawyer will handle all communication on your behalf.
It depends. A vast majority of personal injury cases settle out of court. When we file a claim with the insurance company, we’ll submit evidence that proves you deserve compensation for your injuries. Sometimes the insurer is willing to settle. Other times, they deny the claim or provide a settlement much lower than you deserve. Under those circumstances, we will file a lawsuit and take the case to court.
Mediation is a step during a lawsuit where both sides meet to try to reach an agreement. The mediator listens to the arguments on both the plaintiff’s and the defendant’s sides and attempts to resolve the issue. If they can reach an agreement, they will settle out of court, and the case will get dismissed. If they can’t resolve the matter, the case will proceed to trial.