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T-bone accidents, also known as broadside accidents, almost always happen when a motorist fails to yield the right of way at an intersection. These car accidents are especially dangerous because there is very little protection between a crash victim and the side of his or her vehicle.
Zbinden & Curtis knows how to tackle such complex auto accidents. Our attorneys have decades of experience helping crash victims in Portland and throughout Oregon maximize their compensation. We stop at nothing in the pursuit of justice.
Why T-bone accidents happen
There are a number of factors that can lead to a T-bone accident. They usually happen because:
- Driver fails to obey stop signs or traffic signals – T-bone accidents often occur when a negligent driver runs a stop sign or traffic light – crashing into the side of a vehicle with the right of way.
- Driver turns directly in front of an oncoming vehicle – In this case, the driver who is struck is primarily the one at fault, especially if the other driver attempts to stop or avoid a crash.
- Distracted driving – Texting, tuning the radio or adjusting the GPS can take a motorist’s eyes off the road long enough to cause a T-bone accident. Distracted drivers usually do not have enough time to respond or avoid an accident, resulting in severe damage.
- Impaired driving – Driving while drowsy, drunk, or under the influence of drugs, can reduce reaction time and judgment. An impaired driver might run through a stop sign or traffic light and crash into another vehicle.
- Hazardous weather – Slippery, icy road conditions that often come with winter weather can make it difficult to stop in order to avoid an accident. That is why drivers are expected to obey speed limits and maintain a safe distance from other vehicles during hazardous weather.
- Brake failure – When a driver’s brakes give out, stopping or avoiding an accident can be nearly impossible. T-bone accidents caused by brake failure or other vehicle defects can be attributed to manufacturer negligence.
No matter what caused your T-bone accident, our attorneys can launch a thorough investigation. At Zbinden & Curtis, we will compile the details of your accident by examining your police report, speaking to witnesses and reviewing medical records. The crucial facts gathered from your claim will be used to build a strong case against their other driver and their insurance company.
Why you need an attorney
T-bone accidents can be complicated. Sometimes, fault can be attributed to one driver. But other times, both drivers can be at fault. In some cases, the driver who was struck is the one at fault. Recovering compensation in Oregon can be even more complicated – due to the modified comparative negligence law. This means that a crash victim is only compensated for damages he or she is not responsible for. If a driver is more than 51 percent at fault, he or she cannot receive compensation for any further damages.
Insurance companies can be difficult to negotiate with. They may try to pin the blame entirely on you and downplay your injuries. They may offer a low-ball settlement. But you should never accept anything less than the full compensation of your medical bills, loss of wages and your suffering.
That is why you need Zbinden & Curtis on your side. We will negotiate with the insurance companies and take your claim to trial if they refuse to pay. Contact us today for a free case evaluation and find out how we can help you.