Maryland Broadside Collisions
A broadside collision is an especially dangerous type of vehicular accident that happens when one vehicle runs into the side of another. They often result in significant injuries and vehicular damage for which you might be able to hold an offending driver accountable.
Common Causes of Broadside Collisions
More popularly known as a T-bone collision, a broadside collision always happens when one motorist violates another driver’s right-of-way. The most common ways that drivers violate the right-of-way include:
- Running a red light or stop sign
- Striking a vehicle that is turning left
- Driving too fast for road conditions
- Vehicle defect
- Driving while intoxicated
No matter what causes a T-bone accident, Maryland law says an at-fault driver is liable for damages. An experienced Maryland broadside collision attorney can help accident victims to file strongly supported claims for injuries and property damage.
Injuries that Commonly Occur
A broadside collision often catches passengers unaware while they are in the vehicle that gets struck. The impact on the side misses the crumple zones included in vehicles and significantly reduces the effectiveness of seat belts and airbags. Passengers often suffer head, neck, and back injuries that could be catastrophic.
Who Is Liable for T-Bone Accidents
The driver who violates the right-of-way typically is the at-fault driver and liable for any injury costs and property damage. An experienced auto accident attorney Maryland drivers trust can help to file strongly supported claims and lawsuits when necessary.
Factors that Affect Liability
While one motorist might have done the most to cause a T-bone collision, any negligence by the other driver could negate that person’s ability to obtain compensation. Maryland is a contributory negligence state that says even a small amount of negligence is enough to cancel other drivers’ liability for causing an accident.
Types of Compensation
Insurance settlements are the primary form of compensation and typically come from the at-fault driver’s liability insurance. If costs exceed the policy limits, then underinsured motorist coverage might provide an additional payout. Otherwise, a lawsuit might be necessary to obtain a judgment.
How to Retain a Maryland Auto Accident Lawyer
You can call the Law Offices of Kim Parker or submit an online request for an initial consultation. We can review your case and potential compensation.