T-bone car accidents occur when one car strikes another in a perpendicular direction. Unlike a rear-end collision, determining and proving fault in a T-bone collision is no easy task. In today’s blog, we take a closer look at how fault is determined in a T-bone accident, and how an injury attorney can help you collect compensation if you’ve been injured in a T-bone accident in Minnesota.
Determining Fault In A T-Bone Accident
As we’ve discussed on the blog in the past, Minnesota is considered a No Fault state when it comes to automobile accidents, so you’ll file a claim with your insurance provider if you are injured or incur expenses for your damaged vehicle. However, if the other driver was at fault and your bills exceed $40,000 ($20,000 for medical expenses and $20,000 for non-medical expenses), then you may be interested in filing a claim against the at-fault driver. But how can you prove that the other driver was at fault?
In order to prove fault, you must show evidence that these four factors exist:
- The at-fault driver had a duty of care to drive safely.
- The driver’s actions or negligence breached this duty of care.
- This breach directly caused your accident and injuries.
- You suffered real damages as a result of the accident.
Proving these factors can be difficult, but it will be much easier to prove to the insurance company or a judge that the other side was at fault if you have an injury lawyer by your side throughout the process. If the other side is telling a different story than yours, it can be hard to figure out who is telling the truth, and that’s where a lawyer comes in. We can collect evidence and lean on accident reconstruction experts to prove your version of events or refute their claims, and we can put together counterarguments to any claims the other side makes.
We’ll do this by reviewing photographs of the accident scene, analyzing police reports, interviewing witnesses and by talking with experts who can help prove that an accident occurred in a certain manner based on factors like brake marks, vehicle damage or the location of the vehicles at the conclusion of the accident.
Leaning on a lawyer during this process is also very helpful because T-bone accidents can result in severe injuries, and you’re not going to want to try to make a claim on your own while you’re recovering from a significant crash. There’s also the unfortunate reality of time constraints, and you don’t want to miss out on a claim because you were focused on recovering and getting back to work.
Instead, turn to a firm with a great track record of winning automobile accidents and T-bone claims. Dean and the team at Margolis Law Office have won countless car accident injury claims, and yours could be next. For more information, or for help with your injury claim, reach out to Dean and the team today at (952) 230-2700.