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Who is at fault for a T-bone collision?

On Behalf of | Apr 22, 2024 | Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury Claims

Getting into a collision can be an overwhelming experience, often confusing all involved parties. Right after the crash, the situation can seem unclear, usually affecting the process of determining fault. It typically happens during the accident’s aftermath, so authorities recommend documenting the wreck through photos if possible. Details about the scene, such as the type of collision, could help paint a clearer picture, allowing investigators to determine who is at fault.

For example, T-bone accidents often imply that a driver made a mistake, possibly committing a traffic violation or failing to follow right-of-way rules. Some may believe the driver who crashed into the other vehicle’s side is at fault, but that is not always true. In these circumstances, investigators can put the blame on the driver who behaved recklessly or negligently, performing unsafe or unlawful driving habits, including:

  • Being distracted while driving, such as texting or eating
  • Making an illegal turn at an intersection, putting themself in the way of an incoming vehicle
  • Violating traffic rules deliberately by speeding or running a red light
  • Being drowsy or intoxicated while driving, leading to recklessness or falling asleep behind the wheel

Another possible cause of a T-bone collision is slippery roads, which can happen when raining or in cold weather. In this instance, determining who is at fault can be more complex, usually varying based on the situation.

Using facts to determine who is at fault

Taking measures to document and report an accident adequately could help determine who is at fault. Even for T-bone collisions, thorough investigations can be crucial to avoid letting negligent parties off the hook. If you ever get into this type of motor vehicle crash, consider seeking legal guidance immediately to learn about your options and what happens next.