Who Is at Fault when a T-Bone Car Accident Occurs?

All car accidents are dangerous, but T-bone accidents can be exceptionally so. A T-bone accident occurs when a car plows directly into the side of another vehicle (forming the shape of a T). The impact is direct, and there is no buffer zone – such as the hood and the trunk offer in other kinds of accidents – which means that the injuries caused are often severe. If another driver’s negligence leaves you injured in a T-bone accident, you need the professional legal guidance of an experienced California car accident attorney in your corner. 


Typically, the driver who heads directly into the side of another vehicle is to blame for the T-bone accident, but there are exceptions to this rule (for example, when a car that runs a red light appears out of nowhere in an intersection). T-bone accidents are most common to intersections, and frequent causes include the following:

  • Motorists who enter intersections when it is risky to do so – such as when making a left turn on a green light without an arrow – and without taking the appropriate precautions
  • Motorists who don’t wait for the light to turn green before preceding or who don’t stop when the light turns red
  • Motorists who barrel forward into intersections without ensuring that it is safe to do so
  • Motorists who drive at excessive speeds and, in the process, don’t allow themselves enough time to react safely to hazards or unexpected events ahead 

In other words, T-bone accidents are often the result of motorists who do not pay adequate attention to the road ahead and to the traffic all around them. 

Distracted Drivers (and Other Varieties of Negligent Drivers)

Distraction plays far too consequential a role in far too many T-bone accidents. When a driver is lost in his or her phone, he or she is not capable of focusing on what’s going on around him or her, which increases the risk that a T-bone accident will happen. Distraction, however, is not the only culprit. Motorists who speed excessively, aggressive drivers, impaired drivers, and drowsy drivers can all cause life-threatening T-bone accidents. The bottom line is that when motorists don’t make driving safely their top priority, dangerous accidents – including T-bone accidents – are often the result. 

The Damages Suffered

The impact of a T-bone accident can lead to extensive damages that include all the following categories:

  • Property damage to your vehicle
  • Overwhelming medical costs that can be ongoing
  • Lost wages and damage to your career
  • The psychological damage caused by the immense pain and suffering that is inherent to violent car accidents

An Experienced California Car Accident Attorney Can Help

If another driver’s negligence leaves you injured in a T-bone accident, the resourceful car accident attorneys at the Law Offices of Scott Righthand – proudly serving both the San Francisco and the Sacramento areas – are committed to aggressively advocating for your claim’s most beneficial resolution in support of your most complete recovery. Your claim is important, so please don’t hesitate to contact us and schedule your free consultation today.

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28 July,2021

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