Who’s At-Fault in a Side-Impact Crash?

A side impact accident involves one car striking another at a 90-degree angle. It’s called a T-bone accident and involves a part of the car that has minimal structural support. Serious injuries are common in these accidents. So, we want you to know what to do to prove fault if you are the victim of a side-impact collision in California. Keep reading to find out how the legal professionals at Johnson Attorneys Group can help you receive the compensation you deserve.

California Law Regarding Side Impact Crashes

With a qualified attorney who acts as your advocate, we serve 12 locations throughout California. So, it’s easy to find us, even during a painful recovery. California requires accident claimants to prove fault to receive compensation from a defendant. Luckily, many cases are negotiated out of court. However, to demonstrate fault, we recommend that you use our services. Our legal staff doesn’t get paid unless and until we win or settle your case. So, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain by seeking our help.

Common T-Bone Accident Scenarios

Here are some common scenarios we put together to help you.

Left turn at a green light. While turning left at a green light, drivers must ensure there’s enough space to make the turn. However, if the oncoming car speeds up or changes lanes, the driver could be found at fault.

Turning left while the light’s yellow or red. In California, a driver trying to turn left at a yellow or red light must ensure there’s enough space to turn without creating a hazard to oncoming traffic, bikes or pedestrians. If an oncoming driver fails to yield and hits you, they may be determined at fault.

Turning right at a red light. If another driver turns right and doesn’t leave enough space to avoid a collision, they can be held at fault.

What Should You Do After a Side Impact Accident?

Whether you caused the accident or not, it’s common to provide your insurance information and to get the contact information of anyone who saw the accident. If you can get around, document injuries and vehicle damages.

When possible, take photos of skid marks and physical evidence at the scene prior to moving your car. Every piece of data you collect become invaluable as memories fade in the months following the side-impact collision.

The other driver’s insurance company will likely call us. Don’t talk to them before you talk to a legal representative at Johnson Attorneys Group. We are available 24/7, so contact us anytime for advice on what to say or do. Giving away too much information can hurt your case.

Let Us Help You Prove Another Driver’s Negligence

We have recovered $98.4 million for our clients and want to help you achieve a successful car accident claim. Doing so in California means proving that, because of another driver’s negligence, the accident occurred, resulting in personal injury to you. Contact Johnson Attorneys Group today for a free case evaluation. We take time to get to know you and want you to understand the legal process.

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