The Michigan car accident lawyers at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. frequently handle car accident cases that occur at the intersection of one road with another. Although all car accidents are bad, T-bone accidents that occur at intersections are some of the worst, because they can involve a car striking the side of another car at very high speeds. This could put the point of impact at the exact location in which the driver or passengers are sitting.
Causes of T-Bone Car Accidents in Michigan
T-bone intersection accidents can be caused by a number of reasons, but many of these accidents are caused by a driver's failure to stop at a stop sign, red light, or other traffic signal. In other accidents, icy roads combined with high speeds may leave drivers unable to stop when they reach the intersection, leading to a crash.
These accidents usually generate two types of legal claims. First, if anyone is injured in this type of car accident, that person can submit a claim for Michigan No Fault insurance. No Fault insurance benefits cover medical expenses, lost wages, some of the cost of household chores, and a reasonable rate for attendant care. Even if the injured person was a passenger who does not have a policy of No Fault insurance, that person can still submit a claim through either a family member's policy or the driver's policy.
The second type of claim is that the injured person may be able to sue the driver who caused the accident. This lawsuit would be for negligent. The accident victim would win the lawsuit if his or her attorney can demonstrate that the driver's failure to use reasonable care caused the accident. The lawyer could do this by proving, for example, the driver was speeding, or had faulty brakes, or ignored a traffic signal.
How do I Prove who was at Fault for my T-Bone Car Accident?
Police officers do not always witness the car accident. Drivers involved in the accident will be interviewed to document their versions of the crash. Police officers will also inspect the vehicles involved for evidence and clues of how the accident occurred. In some cases, surveillance footage may have captured the accident and these can be obtained and used to determine the cause of the accident.
Traffic crash reports contain information about witnesses, road conditions, and lighting conditions, among other things. Our legal team obtains these reports immediately and begin our own investigation. Often, our attorneys are able to prove that the officer's determination of fault in the accident is not correct. Our own experienced investigators will interview witnesses, obtain video surveillance film, and getting cell phone records to prove the other driver was distracted at the time of the accident.
Can I get No-Fault Insurance Benefits After a T-Bone Accident?
Because Michigan is a no-fault insurance state, every automobile on the road is required by law to be covered by a no-fault insurance policy. No-fault insurance policies provide coverage and valuable benefits to anyone injured in an automobile accident.
Often referred to as "PIP" benefits, no-fault insurance benefits include payment of medical expenses, lost wages, attendant care services, household services, medical mileage, home modification, and other benefits. It is still possible to obtain these benefits if you did not own a car or have your own no-fault insurance policy. Our lawyers can determine which insurance company is responsible for paying your benefits. We will then assist you in filing your claims.
How Much are Settlement Amounts in T-Bone Accident Lawsuits?
There is not a calculator for determining the amount of settlements in T-bone car accidents. Each case is different and many factors must be considered when determining a settlement amount. These factors include the percentage of each driver's fault, the seriousness of the injuries, the type of medical treatment, and the presence of any scars of permanent disfigurements. Another factor is the time length of any disabilities or inability to perform activities due to the accident.
The insurance policy limits of the negligent driver and the owner of the vehicle also play a role in determining your settlement amount. Every car accident is different and only an experienced attorney can get you the maximum settlement for your case.
Contact Our Michigan T-Bone Car Accident Lawyers
Our Michigan car accident lawyers have been helping people like you for decades. If you or a loved one have been in a T-bone car accident and were injured, we encourage you to contact us at (800) 606-1717. A lawyer will be available to speak with you about your situation and determine if you have a claim.
Of course, if you have a claim, we will represent you under our No Fee Promise. This means you will never be responsible for any payment whatsoever until you receive your settlement check. If your case is unsuccessful for any reason, you will owe us nothing. There is nothing to lose, so call our award winning team of Michigan car accident lawyers today!
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