A side-impact, also known as a “t-bone” is one of the most common types of car accidents and due to the physically jarring nature of it, they can result in very serious injuries. Sometimes a side-impact collision can point directly to the negligent driver, but there are many factors and things can get tricky.
Common Causes of Side-Impact Car Accidents
- Failure to come to a complete stop at a four-way intersection
- Failure to yield
- Running a red light
- Turning across traffic lanes
- Not gauging oncoming traffic when making a right turn at an intersection
- Recklessness and aggressive driving
- Distracted Driving
- Driving while intoxicated or impaired
- Braking and steering failure
- Bad weather, including ice, snow, fog, and rain
Proving Negligence with Evidence
The courts have decided all drivers have a duty of care. This means each driver must drive safely while looking out for other drivers, pedestrians, traffic signals, etc. A driver’s failure to drive safely is negligent behavior and a breach of their duty of care. When this breach of duty is the direct and proximate cause of a collision, they becomes liable for the injuries they causes.
Once you examine the cause of the side-impact collision and identify the other driver’s negligence, you have to begin to assemble evidence to support your contention. To prove the other driver’s negligence requires solid evidence. The evidence must show:
- The at-fault driver had a legal duty of care (obligation) to drive safely.
- His negligence breached (violated) his duty of care.
- His breach was the direct and proximate (legally acceptable) cause of the accident and your injuries.
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