T-Bone Accidents – Dangerous and Often Hard To Determine Who Is At Fault
September 05, 2019, Kitchener, Ontario
Posted by: Robert Deutschmann, Personal Injury Lawyer
Car accidents usually happen very suddenly, often they are so fast that you don’t even know how they happened until after the crash. Some accidents take specially trained forensic investigators to determine who hit whom, how and how fast. One of the most difficult car accidents to reconstruct can be the T-Bone.
In Ontario we have ‘no-fault’ car insurance which means that personal injury and property damage claims are handled by your own company regardless of who is at fault. The Insurance companies reconstruct the accidents and then apportion the blame to each driver. If a driver is more than 25% to blame for the accident then the policy holder for the vehicle will see an increase in premiums. That means that if you lend your car to some one who crashes it, they may be charged but it’s your insurance rate that will increase directly as a result of the accident.
The determination of fault rules only apply to property damage portions of the claims. They are not used to determine the liability in personal injury claims that result in a court action on behlf of an injured person.
T-Bone accidents usually occur one of two ways:
- A car that is turning left is hit by a car going straight
- A car illegally enters an intersection and strikes a car – this is the case when someone runs a red light or stop sign
Whenever someone is turning in Ontario they must by law yield to the approaching traffic proceeding straight. If a turning vehicle is struck by the oncoming one the driver of the car turning will be at fault. However, the personal injury issues may be judged differently at trial if the driver of the turning car can prove that there was sufficient time for the car travelling straight to avoid the collision.
Witnesses are of utmost importance in any accident but particularly in T-Bone car accidents. The witnesses can provide information to the police such as – was the driver travelling straight distracted on their phone at the time; were they speeding; what colour were the lights?
If you are injured in a T-Bone car accident then you should contact an experienced personal injury lawyer for advice and to help you get the compensation you deserve. If you need help call Deutschmann Law Personal Injury and Disability Law at 1 (866) 414-4878. We offer free initial consultation and have home and hospital visits available.
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