T-Bone Auto Wrecks

Albuquerque Attorney Representing Victims Injured in Serious Car Crashes

A T-bone crash is an accident that occurs when one motorist drives directly into the side of another vehicle. T-bone auto wrecks are preventable in most cases, and they typically happen because of careless driving. If you were injured in a T-bone accident, you should retain a trustworthy personal injury attorney to assist you in seeking compensation from the party that caused the accident. Albuquerque car accident lawyer Matthew Vance has deep ties to New Mexico. He was born and raised in Santa Fe, and he has raised his family in New Mexico. Mr. Vance provides individualized representation to each person whom he represents, and he will assess the facts of your case to develop an effective strategy to help you pursue the full amount of damages that you may be able to recover.

Causes of T-Bone Auto Wrecks in New Mexico

T-bone accidents are usually caused by a failure to yield by one of the drivers involved in the accident. T-bone accidents typically happen at intersections, where there is a heavy volume of traffic. They often occur when a driver ignores a stop sign or red light and travels through an intersection without checking for oncoming traffic, striking a car that is proceeding with the right of way. T-bone accidents also can be caused by drivers who are distracted or impaired because of alcohol or drugs.

Often, t-bone crashes result from careless drivers not keeping a proper lookout. In New Mexico drivers have a duty, at all times, to keep a proper lookout and to maintain proper control of their vehicle. Drivers have to act reasonably to avoid placing themselves and others in danger. Drivers have to act reasonably to keep a lookout as they drive and control their vehicle in a way to prevent a crash. More specifically, keeping a proper lookout means more than just looking. It means a person must actually see what is in plain sight or obvious. The driver must also pay attention to what is in plain sight and appreciate what is indicated by that which is in plain sight. Thus, it’s not enough to just put their eyes on the road, they have to pay attention and be careful.

Proving Liability for Harm Sustained in a T-Bone Wreck

T-bone auto wrecks are almost always caused by negligent driving. In New Mexico, a person who acts negligently may be liable for any damages that are caused by his or her negligence. To successfully prove that a driver who caused a T-bone collision was negligent, the injured person must establish that the driver had a duty to prevent harm by acting with reasonable care and that the driver breached the duty, proximately causing the accident. In other words, the victim must show that the accident would not have occurred without the breach and that the breach brought about the accident. Proving liability in a T-Bone wreck requires acting quickly to locate and preserve evidence of liability, which can include finding and preserving video evidence, crash scene investigation, witness statements, police investigation summaries, vehicle data recorders, and other accident reconstruction evidence. Delay in investigation may result in lost or destroyed evidence and loss of claims against the at-fault driver. Unfortunately, many times the at-fault driver in a T-Bone crash will attempt to deny liability, if evidence to prove their fault has been lost or destroyed. Lastly, the victim must show that the accident caused him or her to suffer quantifiable harm.

Damages Recoverable Following a T-Bone Wreck

T-bone collisions not only cause property damage but also frequently cause devastating injuries that require extensive treatment. If you were injured in a T-bone accident, you may be able to recover compensation for the damage to your vehicle, as well as the cost of any treatment that you needed to undergo for injuries that you sustained in the accident, in addition to any treatment that you will need in the future. If you could not work due to your injuries, you may be awarded lost earnings. In addition to economic damages, people injured in T-bone accidents are often able to recover compensation for the suffering, pain, and mental anguish that they experienced due to the accident. If you were married when the accident occurred, your spouse may be owed compensation as well. Typical damages in a T-Bone Wreck case can include medical expenses, non-medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, loss of enjoyment of life, and future damages. If the at-fault driver was acting recklessly or was driving while impaired by drugs or alcohol, you may also be entitled to recover punitive damages – additional damages meant to punish a reckless or dangerous driver.

Meet with a Skillful Personal Injury Attorney in Albuquerque

T-bone auto wrecks can cause extensive physical, financial, and emotional harm, and anyone injured in a T-bone accident should meet with an attorney to discuss the types of compensation that they may be owed. As a former insurance defense lawyer, Matthew Vance can provide unique insight into how his opponents evaluate cases, and he employs this knowledge and experience to help pursue favorable outcomes on behalf of his clients. Mr. Vance has an office in Albuquerque, and he also represents people in Las Vegas, Santa Fe, Farmington, Taos, Los Alamos, Raton, Silver City, Gallup, Belen, Grants, Rio Rancho, Socorro, Los Lunas, Truth or Consequences, Deming, Clovis, Espanola, Hobbs, Roswell, Carlsbad, Santa Rosa, Tucumcari, Alamogordo, and Bloomfield. You can reach Mr. Vance through the online form or at (505) 242-6267 to schedule a confidential and free meeting. If you have been involved in a T-Bone accident, you will want to act quickly to ensure your rights and claims are protected.