All accident types have the potential to result in injuries and damages to the occupants of the motor vehicles involved. Indeed, even a minor rear-end collisions that don’t result in any major vehicle damages could leave occupants with soft tissue injuries, including whiplash. But while all collision types can be serious, T-bone accidents are almost always severe. If you have been involved in a T-bone crashes caused by the negligence of another party, our Colorado Springs T-bone accident lawyers at the law firm of McCormick & Murphy, P.C. are here to advise you of your legal options and represent you in your claim for damages.

Top Causes of T-bone Collisions

A T-bone accident occurs when two vehicles collide in a manner that resembles the shape of a capital “T,” with the front-end of one vehicle colliding with the side of another. T-bone collisions are most common at intersections. Some of the top causes of T-bone accidents include:

  • Speeding or driving too fast for conditions;

  • Distracted driving;

  • Failure to stop;

  • Failure to yield; 

  • Failure to make a lawful left turn;

  • Running a red light; and

  • Traffic signal errors and defects. 

These types of collisions are entirely preventable and are almost always the result of the negligence of one of the drivers involved. Our experienced Colorado Springs T-bone accident attorneys can investigate your case to determine the precise cause of your accident and who should be held liable. 

Injuries from T-bone Collisions

T-bone accidents are one of the most devastating crash types, especially when one or both of the vehicles involved are traveling at high speeds at the time of impact. (The higher the speed, the greater the amount of force involved in the crash.) Injuries that those involved in a T-bone crash may suffer include

  • Head and facial injuries;

  • Traumatic brain injuries, including a severe concussion injury;

  • Spinal cord injuries that result in permanent paralysis; 

  • Bone fracture injuries, including fractured ribs as a result of airbag deployment;

  • Penetration injuries from debris in the crash;

  • Soft tissue injuries, including severe whiplash injuries;

  • Internal injuries; 

  • Loss of limb/loss of use of limb injuries; and

  • Psychological injuries, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). 

In addition to physical and psychological injuries that may be suffered by a victim of a T-bone accident, monetary losses are also very common, too. Indeed, a victims may be facing high medical costs, property damage costs, lost wages and earning capacity, and more as a result of a serious T-bone collision. 

Determining Liability for a T-bone Crash

If you have been in a T-bone crash in Colorado Springs, one of the most important things to you is determining liability for your crash. This is because Colorado is an at-fault state, and drivers who cause accidents are responsible for paying for them. If you can prove that the fault of another party led to your accident, you can file a claim against that party/that party’s insurer to hold them liable for the full extent of damages you’ve suffered.

While fault may be obvious, there are many cases where responsibility for a T-bone accident is unclear. Who had the right-of-way? Was either driver distracted or driving at an unsafe speed? Could the collision have been avoided but for either driver’s failure to respond to the actions of the other in a reasonable way? Was one of the driver’s intoxicated or impaired at the time of the crash? What about the negligence of another third-party, such as a municipality who failed to properly maintain signage or traffic lights? 

These are all critical questions to ask that can be used to determine liability for the crash. Our Colorado Springs T-bone accident attorneys will immediately open an investigation into your crash that seeks to gather as much evidence as possible and determine fault. Evidence that we will focus on includes photos or videos of the accident, eyewitnesses’ testimonies, vehicle positioning, vehicle electronic control module data, a police report, and more. Additionally, we can also retain the services of an accident reconstruction expert who can rebuild the accident and provide insight as to how it occurred. 

How We Can Help You

We are here to provide you with comprehensive legal services. We will handle your claim so that you can focus on your recovery. In addition to hiring experts and investigating your crash, our services also include:

  • Providing you with a free consultation where you can learn more about your options and what we advise;

  • Calculating your damages, including the full extent of your non-economic damages;

  • Handling the management and preservation of all evidence;

  • Managing all legal documents and paperwork related to your claim;

  • Filing a demand letter against the insurer of the at-fault party;

  • Reviewing any settlement offer that you receive;

  • Rebutting any claims of shared fault made against you;

  • Negotiating your settlement offer; and

  • Representing you in litigation if out-of-court settlement talks are unsuccessful.

We will also advise you regarding any rules and regulations associated with your claim, such as ensuring that you bring forth your case within Colorado’s statute of limitations. We can also advise you on best practices to maintain throughout the course of your case, such as not providing the insurance company with a recorded statement without legal representation and refraining from social media use while your claim is unsettled. 

Reach Out to Our Colorado Springs T-bone Accident Attorneys Today

If you have been involved in a T-bone accident in Colorado Springs, you need an experienced attorney on your side who can advocate for your best interests and represent you in recovering your maximum settlement amount. Our team has years of experience, a positive reputation in the community, and we always offer free consultations and work for our clients on a contingency fee basis. Don’t wait any longer to pick up the phone and reach out to our skilled Colorado Springs T-bone accident lawyers today for your free consultation. Taking action today is the first step towards improving your future.