T-bone accidents, also known as broadside collisions, are among the most dangerous car accidents. These accidents happen when the front end of one vehicle strikes the side of another vehicle, forming a “T” shape. T-bone accidents can result in serious injuries or even fatalities, depending on the speed and force of the impact.
You may wonder who is at fault when you have been involved in a T-bone accident in Tennessee. Typically, the driver who violates a rule of the road is responsible for the resulting damage. However, determining fault in these wrecks can be more complicated than other accidents.
Modified Comparative Negligence and Establishing Liability
Tennessee follows a modified comparative negligence rule, which means that the damages a person can recover in a personal injury lawsuit will be reduced by the percentage of fault assigned to them. If the person is found to be more than 50% at fault, they cannot recover any damages.
When determining who is responsible for a broadside collision in Tennessee, it is vital to retain the services of a skilled attorney. Our team can take the lead in investigating the details surrounding a crash, gather and preserve vital evidence, and consult with expert witnesses such as accident reconstructionists to establish liability and defend against accusations of shared fault.
Common Causes of T-Bone Wrecks
In a T-bone accident, the fault may be assigned to one or more drivers, depending on the circumstances of the crash. Here are some common scenarios:
Running a Red Light
If the accident was caused by a driver running a red light or stop sign, they will likely be considered at fault. This is because they had a duty to obey traffic laws and failed to do so.
Failure to Yield
If a driver failed to yield to another motorist with the right of way, they would likely be considered at fault for the wreck.
If a motorist was distracted by their phone, radio, or another device in the moments before the accident, they might be considered at fault for failing to pay attention to the road.
Driving Under the Influence
Drunk driving is against the law. If a motorist is found to have been under the influence at the time of an accident, they could face liability for the wreck as well as criminal charges.
In some instances, people or entities other than the motorists may be held liable for a T-bone accident in Tennessee. For example, if a wreck is caused by a mechanical failure, a service technician or part manufacturer may share responsibility for the collision. If poor road conditions cause the accident, the fault might be assigned to the government agency responsible for maintaining the road.
Reach Out to a Tennessee Attorney to Determine Fault for a T-Bone Wreck
When you have been involved in a broadside collision, it is essential to consult with an experienced attorney who can help you navigate the legal process and recover the damages you deserve. Contact the Law Office of David E. Gordon for a free consultation today and assistance in determining who is at fault for your T-Bone accident in Tennessee.