Side impact, or t-bone, accidents can happen in a number of ways depending on which driver broadsided which car and who is at fault. Sometimes who is at fault for this kind of accident is usually obvious. For example, the defendant may hit the plaintiff’s vehicle or force them to hit another driver. This causes a vehicle’s side to become damaged from the impact. However, a plaintiff suing for damages must still prove liability.
Liability is the determination of who was at fault for the automobile accident. Fault is not determined always by who had an intent to cause an accident, but by who was negligent at the time of the accident. Negligence is based on a duty a driver has to act as a reasonable driver in the same or similar circumstances. To determine fault, many drivers collect evidence to prove their case, such as:
Negligence is proven in a series of elements:
If you have been involved in a t-bone accident, you will need to talk to a personal injury attorney. If you are suing another party, a lawyer will assist you in determining who is at fault and filing a claim. If you are being sued for a t-bone accident, a lawyer will determine the defenses to use or assist in settling the claim.
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