If you or a loved one have been injured in a T-bone car accident, one of the first steps in your recovery process is to contact a Milwaukee auto accident attorney. T-bone car accidents, also known as side impact collisions or intersection accidents, can cause severe injuries and even death.

An experienced Milwaukee car accident lawyer will fight on your behalf to hold a negligent driver accountable for their actions and help you recover the compensation you deserve for your injuries.

Read on for common causes of T-bone collisions, what to do if you have been involved in one, and what potential damages our law firm can help you recover after your accident. 

What Are Some Common Causes of a T-bone Collision?

Most T-bone crashes are caused by a driver’s negligence. T-bone accidents are often the result of a driver failing to stop when they should, causing them to hit the side of another vehicle. The following are some common causes of T-bone collisions:

  • running a stop sign or a red light
  • failing to yield at an intersection
  • aggressive driving
  • pulling into the path of an oncoming vehicle
  • driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • driving too fast on icy roads or in poor visibility

Which Driver Is Responsible in a T-bone Collision?

If you were struck by a distracted driver, that driver is likely responsible for the collision. However, it is important to contact a lawyer to evaluate your case, as it is not always clear which party is at fault in a T-bone accident. Our attorneys will review the evidence presented to hold the distracted driver fully responsible.  Without the expertise of an attorney, the insurance carrier may try to attribute comparative fault on you, which may affect the damages you can recover.

What Should You Do If You Are Injured in a T-bone Collision?

If you are injured in a T-bone collision you should:

  1. Stop at the scene of the accident. 
  2. Immediately call 911 to report the accident and request an ambulance if anyone is injured - in particular, it is critical to seek the medical treatment you need right away.
  3. Exchange information with the other motorists involved in the crash as well as any eyewitnesses to the incident.
  4. Take photos of the scene of the accident.
  5. Contact a Milwaukee auto accident attorney who will investigate the case, gather evidence, and determine what a fair settlement or damages from a personal injury suit would be to compensate you for your losses.

What Damages Can You Recover?

When you come to our office, we will assess your case and seek the appropriate compensation for your injuries. If another party was negligent, and that negligence caused your injuries, you may be able to recover the following damages:

  • medical costs, including future costs related to the treatment of your accident injuries,
  • lost wages if you are unable to work due to the accident, and
  • pain and suffering.

T-bone accidents can result in severe injuries and you should be awarded damages to compensate for your losses. Reach out to our offices today for a free consultation to discuss how we can help you get the insurance settlement or jury award that you deserve.

If you are injured in a rear-end accident, you may wonder who is responsible for paying the medical bills, vehicle repair costs, and other expenses associated with the accident. In Wisconsin, the negligent driver is liable for damages. However, sometimes it is unclear who is at fault for an accident. How is fault determined in a rear-end accident, and what happens if you are the one at fault?

Which driver is responsible in a rear-end collision?

The rear driver is generally always at fault. However, issues often arise as to which rear vehicle is responsible in a multi-vehicle accident. If there were two separate impacts, for example, then there may a dispute as to which rear driver caused the accident. When the rear-most vehicle hits the vehicle in front of it and pushes the middle vehicle into the foremost vehicle, then only the rear-most vehicle is responsible for the accident. In other situations in which three or more cars are involved in a rear end accident, the front vehicle may need to file a claim against all rear vehicles.

What are some common causes of a rear-end collision?

Rear-end collisions occur when drivers are distracted, speeding, or following too closely. Weather or other hazardous road conditions or obstructions such as construction or wildlife can also contribute to accidents, including rear-end collisions. Faulty brake lights or not using a vehicle’s hazard lights when there is a problem can also cause accidents. Other common causes of rear-end collisions include erratic driving or sudden maneuvers like slamming on the breaks, switching the car from drive into reverse, or making an incomplete turn.

Who is responsible for a multi-car, rear-end accident?

Often, multi-car accidents mean multiple drivers are at fault. Any drivers who contributed to the collision by following too closely, speeding, driving distracted or any other negligent behaviors may share responsibility when involved in a multi-car accident.  Multi-vehicle accidents can become complicated as to determining which rear vehicle caused damages.  For example, in a three vehicle rear-end accident, the front-most vehicle may need to file a claim against one or both rear vehicles.

What should you do after a rear-end collision?

After an accident, you should seek immediate medical attention even if you do not have any obvious injuries. Some serious injuries, such as concussions or soft tissue damage, may not have any immediate symptoms but carry long-term consequences. Seek a medical evaluation, contact the police for an accident report, and contact your insurance company.

After you tend to your injuries - which is always most important - there are a few other steps you should take. Make sure to document everything you can about the accident, from the weather and road conditions to witness contact information. While it may seem excessive, taking these steps will ensure you have the evidence you need in the event of a lawsuit.  Fault is typically determined through witness and officer statements, so be sure to speak with everyone who was at or near the scene and may have witnessed how the accident unfolded.

Second, make sure you capture photographic evidence of the accident scene, focusing on items like the position of the vehicles, tire skid marks, your injuries, and any property damage. While you may think that you’ll remember, memories fade. Be sure to capture the evidence while it exists. 

What damages can you recover after a rear-end collision?

Rear-end collisions can result in serious injuries including whiplash, neck injuries, back injuries, and even traumatic head injuries. These injuries often require costly, long-term medical treatment which can also lead to lost wages, pain and suffering, and emotional distress on top of property damage to the involved vehicle. Fortunately, if you are injured in a rear-end collision, you can recover damages for all these things from the negligent driver.

Natasha Misra

My law practice is dedicated to helping people who have suffered injuries in accidents which were not their fault. Born and raised in Milwaukee, I come from a family of medical professionals. My background and experience help me understand and represent individuals injured in accidents.