If you’ve ever driven past the wreckage of a broadside accident (also known as a T-bone accident or a side impact collision), you know that these types of wrecks can be devastating to both vehicles involved. If you’ve been in a broadside accident yourself, you know how dangerous they truly are — not just to the cars, but more importantly, to the drivers and passengers within.
In recent years, crash statistic researchers have estimated that between 8,000 and 10,000 people are killed in T-bone car accidents each year. Even more are hurt, generally leaving the accident scene with injuries to the head, neck, spine, chest, ribs, shoulders, arms, legs, or pelvis.
No one who has been involved in a broadside accident should have to face the physical, emotional, or financial struggles of recovery on their own. If you were hurt in such an accident because of another driver’s mistake, Colorado law dictates that you have every right to pursue compensation from the person who caused the wreck.
Whose Fault Is a T-Bone Accident?
Unless you’re starring in an action thriller, your T-bone accident was probably just that: an accident. Still, with so many rules of the road designed to prevent these types of collisions, the insurance company will be looking closely to determine what mistakes one or both drivers made in order to cause the crash. More than likely, one of two things happened:
- The other driver hit your car because they were driving recklessly, or
- The other driver cut in front of you unexpectedly, effectively forcing you to hit their car.
In either scenario, the accident would be considered the other driver’s fault if you and your attorney can prove that’s what happened. With Colorado’s new tort system in place, proving fault is vital if you hope to get fairly compensated for the harm done to both you and your car.