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Liability in T-bone Car Accidents

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Most people are familiar with T-bone accidents, which occur when one vehicle crashes into the side of another. Also called side-impact or broadside collisions, the aftermath can result in significant injuries and damages. Common sites for these accidents include intersections and parking lots.

T-bone crash injuries are often worse than in rear-end and head-on collisions, since a car’s side may have less protection than its front or back. Injured passengers can also be trapped inside if the doors are smashed, so it can take longer for emergency personnel to reach them. Victims can suffer broken bones, whiplash, or even death.

How T-bone Accidents Occur

Like other crashes, T-bone accidents are caused by someone driving under the influence, or exhibiting reckless behaviors, such as driving while texting, speeding, or being distracted. Other contributing factors include poor weather conditions, slippery roadways, and poor visibility. Defective traffic signals and vehicles can also lead to T-bone accidents.

Determining Fault

Like all motor vehicle crashes, determining fault in T-bone accidents is based on negligence. The liable party will be responsible for damages that resulted from the collision. In order to find out if a driver is at-fault, it is important to obtain a police report, gather evidence from the scene, and interview any witnesses that were present.

If it is shown that a driver failed to yield the right of way, was driving under the influence, speeding, made an unsafe turn, ran a red light, or was distracted, they may be held responsible. It can be difficult to prove liability in these types of crashes, and a qualified car accident lawyer can help with this.

Comparative Negligence

Most New Jersey auto insurance policies specify that the driver who caused the crash must pay compensation to the injured party, especially if there is bodily injury liability insurance. New Jersey follows the comparative negligence rule, which is used to indicate how much fault each person involved in a crash contributed to its cause. The auto insurance companies will investigate T-bone accidents in these cases.

Comparative negligence does not apply to individuals seeking reimbursement from their own insurance companies under their collision coverage. When pursuing a claim against another driver, that person’s insurance company is tasked with determining this. According to New Jersey statutes, fault is decided on a case-by-case basis.

Collecting Damages

Once the facts are gathered, the claims adjuster will release a report that shows the degree of negligence for both parties in the T-bone accident. Per the law, if the person seeking damages is assessed more than 50 percent liability for the crash, they cannot collect compensation. In some situations, the person seeking damages may not agree with the insurance company’s determination of fault.

Oakhurst Car Accident Lawyers at the Falcon Law Firm, LLC Help Victims of T-Bone Accidents

If you were involved in a T-bone accident, the Oakhurst car accident lawyers at the Falcon Law Firm, LLC are on your side. For a free consultation, call us at 732-660-1200 or complete our online form. We will fight to obtain the compensation you rightfully deserve for your injuries. Located in Oakhurst, Parlin, and Aberdeen, New Jersey, and Doylestown, Pennsylvania, we serve clients throughout Belmar, Deal, Ocean Township, Point Pleasant, West Long Branch, Sayreville, Middlesex County, and Monmouth County, New Jersey, as well as Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

Winterize Your Car

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Many parts of the country have already experienced severe winter weather this year. With the weather becoming increasingly unpredictable, significant amounts of snow and ice have descended upon areas that never had to contend with such conditions previously. To prevent being stranded somewhere on the side of a road, be sure to winterize your car by making sure your battery, wipers, tires, and fluids are in good shape.

Cold Weather and Batteries

It takes more energy to start a car battery in cold weather and less power is generated at low temperatures, so it is crucial that you regularly test your battery and charging system. If your battery tests low, replace it. Carry jumper cables for emergency situations.

Visibility in Winter Weather

Winter weather often means reduced visibility due to blowing snow, frosty windshields, and dark conditions. The rubber blade on windshield wipers can deteriorate during the hot summer months making it hard to clear an icy surface. Replace your windshield wiper blades with new ones designed specifically for winter. These have a rubber covering that keep the blade free of ice.

Always carry an ice scraper and snow brush. These essential tools may be less familiar to newcomers in cold climates. Ice scrapers
and snow brushes are necessary for clearing off mirrors, headlights, and taillights. You should also clear the snow off the top of your vehicle so that it does not fly off into traffic behind you.

Check Tire Tread

The penny test is a good indication of tire tread condition. Stick a penny into your tire tread with Abe Lincoln’s head facing downward. If his head is still visible, your tread is worn down and you need new tires. Check the vehicle manufacturer’s recommendation for pounds per square inch of air and make sure your tires are inflated properly. Deflated tires have less traction and can be dangerous in slippery road conditions. Consider getting winter tires if you live somewhere with primarily cold conditions.

Check All Fluid Levels

Your car’s fluids should be properly winterized. Wiper fluid is vital for good visibility and should be changed to one that will not freeze in winter temperatures. Change your oil and consider using a thin formula for winter months. Be sure that your engine’s coolant has the correct mix of antifreeze and water recommended by the manufacturer. Regular maintenance will have your vehicle prepared for winter weather.

Oakhurst Car Accident Lawyers at the Falcon Law Firm, LLC Fight for Injured Victims of Winter Car Accidents

Winter weather conditions can be dangerous for driving. If you or someone you love was injured in a car accident caused by the negligence of another party, contact the skilled Oakhurst car accident lawyers at the Falcon Law Firm, LLC. We have the knowledge and experience needed to obtain the compensation you deserve. Call us at 732-660-1200 to schedule a free consultation or contact us online. Located in Oakhurst, Aberdeen, and Parlin, New Jersey, and Doylestown Pennsylvania, we represent clients throughout Belmar, Deal, Ocean Township, Point Pleasant, West Long Branch, Sayreville, Middlesex County, and Monmouth County, New Jersey, as well as Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

Accidents Due to Changing Lanes

A blue and a white truck after collision

In many car accidents, it can be unclear which driver is at-fault for the collision. While the damage and car positions make determining fault clear in rear-end crashes and some side-impact accidents, other common motor vehicle accidents make it much more difficult to assign blame.

Usually happening on a highway or multi-lane road, a lane-change accident occurs when one car enters an adjoining lane without regard for another car already traveling in that lane. This happens when the driver departs their lane without properly checking their surroundings. More than a simple overstep, these accidents may result in a range of trouble from side-swipe damage to the terrifying possibility of multiple drivers losing control of their vehicles and causing a pile up.

What are the Conditions that Lead to Lane-Change Accidents?

Blind spots: Often, blind spots are the reason behind these accidents, with the driver departing their ane while thinking they are in the clear.

Driver distractions: Other times, driver distractions are to blame, such as cell phones, GPS navigation systems, or other devices. Drivers who are paying inadequate attention to their relation to other cars when they make lane changes are running the risk of causing an accident.

Driving conditions: Driving conditions such as low visibility due to weather or roadway lighting can contribute to lane change issues. Drivers should take those limitations into account when maneuvering their vehicle from one lane to another.

Reckless driving: Drivers who disregard traffic safety laws can cause these types of accidents. Drivers who exceed the speed limit overlook the regulated safe targets on any given road. These regulations consider road curvature and visibility, as well as other aspects a speeding driver is disregarding. Speeding and other reckless driving practices can lead to lane-change accidents, as other drivers may have trouble predicting the actions of a speeding driver.

DUI: Driving while under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs is another way to cause a lane-change accident. Among many other possibilities for disaster that can be attributed while driving drunk or high, getting behind the wheel in such conditions can cause a driver to lack appropriate judgement when it comes to making lane changes.

Oakhurst Car Accident Lawyers at the Falcon Law Firm, LLC Represent Victims Injured in Lane-Change Accidents

If you were hurt in a car accident by another driver who improperly changed lanes or otherwise drove recklessly, you may be eligible for compensation for your injuries. Contact the Oakhurst car accident lawyers at the Falcon Law Firm, LLC to learn more about how we can help you obtain compensation for your pain and suffering. Contact us online or call us at 732-660-1200 to set up a free consultation. With offices in Oakhurst, Parlin, and Aberdeen, New Jersey, and Doylestown, Pennsylvania, we represent clients throughout Belmar, Deal, Ocean Township, Point Pleasant, West Long Branch, Sayreville, Middlesex County, and Monmouth County, New Jersey, as well as Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

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