Determining Liability in Side-Impact Vehicle Accidents
Side-impact vehicle accidents are a common type of accident yet determining liability in these cases will differ from other types of collisions where traditionally it is much easier to establish who is at fault. Our team of Los Angeles personal injury lawyers can help you establish the degree of fault in side-impact crashes and obtain rightful compensations for your injuries.
Causes of side-impact collisions
Side-impact crashes, also known as T-bone collisions, are common in intersections or parking lots. Failure to yield the right of way is the common cause for these types of vehicle accidents and, in most situations, liability will be 100% attributed to the driver who failed to do so. The causes can be multiple, from failure to yield to s stop sign, from turning left in front of oncoming traffic.
Driver errors and negligence are serious in these cases and can cause extensive damage. As a victim of a T-bone collision, it will help your case if you are able to prove that the driver who hit your car was negligent and, if so, exactly how. Common causes can include speeding or distracted driving. Driving under the influence can also be a cause for a side collision that takes place in an intersection.
Liability in side-impact vehicle accidents
Side-impact accidents will require a careful analysis of the circumstances in which they took place. If liability is easier to prove in rear-end collisions, for example, this is one case in which the actions of both drivers will be taken into consideration. It is common to use evidence such as traffic cameras and on-scene evidence such as skid marks and the actual position of the vehicles, as recorded in the police reports and/or as described by eyewitnesses.
Our team of Los Angeles personal injury lawyers can help you build your case if you were involved in a side-impact collision. It is not uncommon for both drivers to carry some degree of fault and in these situations, the California pure comparative negligence rule will apply.
Victims of side-impact vehicle accidents can contact our Los Angeles personal injury lawyers for legal advice and representation in these types of cases.