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What Should I Do After Being Involved in a T-Bone Accident?

T-bone accidents, also known as broadside collisions, occur when two vehicles collide at an angle, resembling a capital “T.” These accidents can be particularly dangerous due to the force of the impact, often hitting the weaker side of a car. If you have been involved in a T-bone accident, the aftermath can be confusing and stressful. At The Law Offices of Keith Bregoff PA, we understand the challenges you are facing. This guide outlines the essential steps you should take after a T-bone collision.

T-Bone Accident

Ensure Safety is a Top Priority

In the immediate aftermath of an accident, stay calm and assess the situation. Check if you or any other passengers have been injured; if any, call for help immediately. If you can, move your vehicle off the road to a safe spot for your safety and other road users. Remember to turn on your hazard lights to warn other drivers.

Secure the Scene (When Safe to Do So)

Once everyone is safe, you can start gathering evidence. If you are able, take pictures of the accident scene from multiple angles, capturing the damage to your car, the other vehicle(s) involved, any debris, skid marks, and traffic signals. Note the weather conditions and time of day.

Exchange Information with the Other Driver(s)

Collect the following information from all drivers involved in the accident:

  • Driver’s license number
  • Full name and contact information
  • Make, model, and license plate number of the car
  • Insurance company name and policy number

Report the Accident to the Police

Having a police report is crucial for insurance claims and potential legal proceedings. Wait for the police to arrive and provide them with a factual account of the accident. Avoid assigning blame or discussing your injuries in detail.

Seek Medical Attention, Even if You Feel Okay

Adrenaline can mask injuries after an accident. It is important to see a doctor as soon as possible, even if you do not feel any immediate pain. A medical evaluation can identify potential injuries, document your condition, and create a record for insurance purposes.

Contact Your Insurance Company

Report the accident to your insurance company as soon as possible. Be honest and truthful about the details of the accident, but avoid admitting fault. Your insurance company will guide you through the claims process.

Document Everything

Keep detailed records of everything related to the accident. This includes:

  • Copies of the police report
  • Medical bills and records
  • Pictures of the damage to your car and the scene
  • Repair estimates
  • Receipts for any out-of-pocket expenses related to the accident
  • Names and contact information of any witnesses

Consider Consulting with a Personal Injury Attorney

T-bone accidents can result in significant injuries and property damage. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you maneuver the legal process and ensure you receive fair compensation for your losses. The Law Offices of Keith Bregoff PA offer free consultations to discuss your case and determine the best course of action.

T-Bone Accident Injuries and Compensation

Broadside collisions often lead to severe, life-altering injuries like:

Settlements and awards from lawsuits related to T-bone crashes typically factor in economic damages like lost wages, medical bills, future care costs, and property damage. They also account for non-economic damages such as pain and suffering, disfigurement, loss of enjoyment of life, and emotional distress. In egregiously negligent cases, punitive damages may be awarded to punish the at-fault driver.

Important Considerations:

  • Time limits: There are deadlines for filing a personal injury claim. It is important to consult with an attorney as soon as possible to understand the specific time limits in your state.
  • Do not speak with the other driver’s insurance company: The insurance company may try to get you to make a statement that could hurt your claim. Refer all communication to your attorney.
  • Do not admit fault: Avoid saying anything that could be interpreted as an admission of fault at the accident scene. Simply exchange information and stick to the facts of what happened.

The Law Offices of Keith Bregoff PA Can Help

Taking the proper steps after a T-bone accident will strengthen your personal injury claim’s chance of success. An attorney can handle the complex legal process for you so you can focus on recovering while they fight for the maximum possible compensation.

The Law Offices of Keith Bregoff PA has extensive experience securing significant settlements and verdicts for clients injured in T-bones and other serious vehicle collisions. Contact us today by calling 772-492-8967 for a free case evaluation.

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