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Hit By a Car at an Intersection – Who is at Fault?

When a t-bone car accident like this occurs, the proper compensation gets decided after determining who is at fault.

T-Bone collisions are common intersection accidents. Research shows that t-bone accidents account for 13% of all auto collisions in the U.S. If you were involved in a side-impact accident, there are several complications to these cases, including determining who is at fault.

What is a T-Bone Accident?

Also called side-impact accidents, T-bone accidents are collisions involving two vehicles where the front of one of the vehicles hits the side of another, forming a “T” shape. Due to the nature of these accidents, they often take place at an intersection.

Not only are these accidents common, but they can also cause severe, even deadly injuries. Speeding and negligence can make the impact intense. The occupants of the impacted car often suffer severe injuries from the side of their car being crushed into them, the vehicle rolling over, or subsequent collisions with other vehicles on the road.

When an accident like this occurs, the proper compensation gets decided after determining who is at fault.

Determining Fault in a T-Bone Accident

Fault cannot be determined by who t-boned whom. Instead, fault depends on which driver had the right to be moving forward. This is known as the right of way. Both cars can’t have the right of way, which means that one driver is in violation.

The driver who did not have the right of way will always be at fault. However, both drivers can be in violation if neither of them had the right of way. For instance, if both drivers were driving recklessly. In most cases, though, one driver will be primarily at fault.

T-bone accident cases are often complicated. The fault is generally determined based on what the drivers and witnesses say happened. When both drivers claim they had the right of way, it will usually come down to who sounds more credible.

What to Do When Traffic Lights Are Out

Traffic lights are an essential part of our roadways, and when they’re not working, it can be confusing and dangerous. This is especially true if you’re new to the area or not used to driving without traffic lights. So, what should you do when you come to a traffic light, and it’s out? How can you stay safe while driving in this situation? Keep reading for information on handling intersections and other roadways without traffic lights!

But first, let’s look at why traffic lights go out

There are a few reasons why traffic lights go out. One possibility is that the power went out in the area. Other times, it may be because of a car accident or severe weather conditions. Whatever the reason, it’s important to know what to do when traffic lights are not working!

What Should You Do When Traffic Lights Are Out?

If you come to an intersection and the traffic light is not working, you should treat it as a four-way stop. That means that each driver should stop at the intersection before proceeding. The driver who arrived first at the intersection has the right-of-way, but all drivers should use caution before proceeding.

What if There Are No Stop Signs or Yield Signs at the Intersection?

In this case, you should treat the intersection as a two-way stop. The driver on the right has the right-of-way in this situation.

Remember, even if you have the right-of-way, always use caution when proceeding through an intersection without traffic lights. It’s important to be aware of your surroundings and make sure that it is safe to proceed before doing so.

How Can You Stay Safe While Driving in Intersections Without Traffic Lights?

There are a few things you can do to stay safe while driving in intersections without traffic lights.

  • First, always obey the speed limit. This will help you have more time to react if someone else does not stop at the intersection.
  • Second, be sure to come to a complete stop before proceeding. This is important for two reasons: first, it’s the law. Second, it’s safe. Stopping at intersections allows you to check both ways before proceeding, which can help prevent accidents.
  • You should also use your turn signal when you are about to turn so that other drivers are aware of your intentions.
  • Finally, be extra cautious of pedestrians who may be crossing the street. They may not be expecting traffic to be coming through the intersection and may not be paying attention.

Sometimes, police officers or other officials will direct traffic at intersections without working traffic lights. If this is the case, follow their instructions and be sure to obey all traffic laws.

What if There’s No One Directing Traffic?

In some cases, there may be no one directing traffic. In this situation, drivers should be patient and not assume that other drivers will yield or stop. Instead, use caution and be prepared to stop if necessary.

Do I Have a Right to Compensation After a Collision Due to a Malfunctioning Traffic Light?

After a collision, you may be wondering if you have a right to compensation. The answer to this question depends on the situation. For example, if the traffic light was not working correctly and caused the accident, you might have a case against the municipality responsible for maintaining the traffic light.

 However, if the traffic light was working correctly, but the driver who hit you did not stop at the intersection, they may be liable for the accident.

It’s important to speak with an attorney if you have been involved in a collision and are considering filing a claim. An attorney can help you determine who is responsible for the accident and help you with the claim process.

Contact a T-Bone Accident Lawyer

Your car accident attorney will need to prove fault before your settlement amount can be determined. The kind of damages you can recover will depend on various factors related to your case. These factors include:

  • The severity of your injuries
  • Who is at fault
  • If other victims are involved
  • Whether you’re still able to work
  • Whether or not you need future medical care

Don’t talk to an insurance claims adjuster before speaking with The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C. We can help you avoid making statements that may affect the outcome of your case. The consultation is free, and you don’t pay unless we get you money!

Updated: May 2, 2022