Car Crash on Road

T-Bone Car Accidents 

Jose Orihuela, Attorney at Law July 5, 2024

T-bone accidents, also known as side-impact collisions, occur when the front end of one vehicle crashes into the side of another. These types of accidents can be exceptionally dangerous due to the limited protection on the sides of most vehicles.

In addition, T-bone accidents have devastating results, including severe injuries and fatalities.  

At Jose Orihuela, Attorney at Law, I understand the physical and emotional turmoil you are facing after a car accident, which is why I am here to provide compassionate legal assistance.

I proudly assist clients in Houston, Webster, South Houston, Pasadena, and throughout Clear Lake, Friendswood, League City, Alvin, Dickinson, Bacliff, Kemah, Seabrook, and Santa Fe, Texas.   

Common Causes of T-Bone Accidents 

Several factors contribute to the occurrence of T-bone accidents. Knowing these causes can help you stay vigilant when on the road: 

  • Running red lights and stop signs: Drivers who fail to stop at red lights or stop signs often cause T-bone accidents at intersections. 

  • Distracted driving: Utilizing mobile devices, eating, or any other distractions can lead to a lack of attention at critical moments. 

  • Driving under the influence: Alcohol and drugs impair a driver's reaction time and judgment, significantly increasing the risk of accidents. 

  • Speeding: Driving at high speeds reduces the time available to react and stop, making T-bone collisions more likely. 

  • Weather conditions: Poor weather, such as rain or fog, can make roads slippery and reduce visibility, contributing to accidents. 

Common Injuries in T-Bone Accidents 

Due to the nature of T-bone collisions, the injuries sustained can be severe and life-altering. Some of the most common injuries include: 

  • Head and brain injuries: These can range from concussions to traumatic brain injuries, often resulting from the impact or from the head hitting the interior of the car. 

  • Neck and spine injuries: Whiplash and spinal cord injuries are common and can lead to long-term disability. 

  • Chest and rib injuries: The force of the collision can cause broken ribs and damage to internal organs. 

  • Abdomen and pelvis injuries: These may include organ damage and fractures, which can be life-threatening. 

  • Limb injuries: Broken arms and legs are common in side-impact collisions. 

Determining Fault in Texas 

Fault in T-bone accidents can be complicated to establish. Typically, the driver who violated traffic rules (e.g., running a red light) is considered at fault, but other factors may also come into play. In Texas, fault determination follows the "modified comparative negligence" rule.

Each party involved in the accident is assigned a percentage of fault, and any compensation awarded is reduced by their percentage of fault. If a driver is found to be more than 51% at fault, they are not eligible to receive any compensation

Statute of Limitations in Texas 

If you are involved in a T-bone accident in Texas and suffer injuries, it is crucial to understand the legal timeframe in which you can file a personal injury lawsuit.  

In Texas, the statute of limitations for personal injury cases is typically two years from the date of the accident. This means you have two years to file a lawsuit seeking compensation for injuries, damages, and other related costs. Failing to file within this period usually results in the forfeiture of your right to pursue legal action and recover compensation.  

Collecting Evidence 

The following types of evidence can be crucial in proving fault and supporting your claim: 

  • Police reports: These often provide an objective account of the accident and can be instrumental in legal proceedings. 

  • Eyewitness testimonies: Witnesses can offer invaluable third-party perspectives on what occurred. 

  • Surveillance footage: Videos from traffic cameras or nearby businesses can show the accident in detail. 

  • Photographic evidence: Photos of the accident scene, vehicle damage, and injuries can strengthen your case. 

Insurance Claims and Compensation 

Understanding your rights and what you are entitled to is essential: 

  • Medical expenses: Coverage for immediate and long-term medical treatment. 

  • Lost wages: Compensation for income lost due to the inability to work. 

  • Property damage: Costs for vehicle repairs or replacement. 

  • Pain and suffering: Compensation for emotional distress and physical pain endured. 

How a Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help 

Having an experienced personal injury lawyer by your side can make a significant difference. I have the experience and knowledge to: 

  • Investigate and collect evidence: Lawyers can help gather and analyze the necessary evidence. 

  • Negotiate with insurance companies: An attorney will advocate for fair compensation on your behalf. 

  • Provide reliable legal representation: If your case goes to court, having a lawyer ensures you are well-represented. 

Steps to Take After a T-Bone Accident 

Acting promptly and correctly in the aftermath of a T-bone accident is crucial: 

  1. Ensure Safety: Move to a safe location if possible and check for injuries. 

  1. Call 911: Report the accident and request medical assistance if needed. 

  1. Exchange Information: Collect and provide contact and insurance information with all parties involved. 

  1. Seek Medical Attention: Get a full medical evaluation to document any injuries. 

  1. Document the Scene: Take photos and gather evidence. 

  1. Contact a Lawyer: Consult with a personal injury attorney to discuss your case and the next steps. 

Strong & Compassionate Legal Help When You Need It

If you or a loved one has been involved in a T-bone accident, it's essential to protect your rights and seek the compensation you deserve. As an experienced auto accident attorney serving the Greater Houston Area, I am here to help you through this challenging time.

Feel free to contact me, Jose Orihuela, Attorney at Law, for experienced legal assistance. 

Remember, prompt action and informed decisions can significantly impact your ability to achieve a favorable outcome in T-bone accidents. Contact us today for a consultation and protect your rights to compensation.