Accidents are terrifying events, regardless of how they happen. It’s hard to think about the many different ways an accident can occur and the forms they can take, but being prepared for all possible scenarios ahead of time is the easiest way to ensure a safe recovery in all aspects following any kind of accident. In the case of emergency, proper preparation and a level head will help you take the necessary steps required to handle your situation.
One type of car accident is the T-bone accident. More than 8,000 people are killed each year due to T-Bone accidents, according to the National Transportation Highway Safety Association. Past that, many more are injured and most who are hit when involved in a T-bone accident receive serious injuries, many of which are permanent.
Due to the frequent severity of the injuries caused by T-bone accidents, these are very serious situations to handle and prepare for. The risk of injury makes the actions you take immediately following the accident extremely important. You should try your hardest to remain calm and keep a level head in order to ensure your actions are reasonable and safe.
The most important thing for you to do after a T-bone accident has taken place is make sure every person involved in the crash is alright. Depending on the speeds the vehicles were traveling at, the impact could cause the car that was hit to spin or move into another vehicle or object. The windows may have been shattered, as well. Overall, there are many factors involved that could contribute to injuries, making the moments immediately following an accident mean even more when it comes to your health and safety.
If possible, call the police as soon as you are able to. If there are witnesses, it is likely that someone will call for you, but it is important to be sure. If you feel injured at all, it would be best for you not to leave the car unless absolutely necessary for your safety. Moving could potentially make your injuries worst, and it is easy for adrenaline to mask your pain in the moment.
If you are physically able to and choose to leave the vehicle, you should take pictures and even videos of the accident scene for evidence later on. You should take pictures of the damages done to all vehicles involved and also of any marks that may have been left on the road. The existence or nonexistence of skid marks could prove whether or not a vehicle attempted to prevent the crash by braking. However, the nonexistence of skid marks is not guaranteed to put fault on the driver who failed to brake.
Perhaps the most important thing for you to do after being involved in a T-bone accident is get in contact with an personal injury lawyer. Because these accidents are often very severe regarding injury, a lawyer could help make a world of a difference when it comes to getting a settlement high enough to properly cover your medical bills.
Personal injury lawyers are fully trained and ready to handle your case in a way that will benefit you and help you recover well after the accident. They can help you prove the fault of the other driver as these cases can easily be spun either way. If the accident resulted in the death of a passenger who was a loved one, a lawyer can also help make a claim for wrongful death in order to cover the expenses.
As the fault could easily be twisted on either drive involved, it is extremely important for you to watch what you say when giving statements to any official involved in the case. In fact, the best thing for you to do is to not say anything about it at all. Anything you do say could be used against you whether it be for insurance purposes or otherwise legally.
T-bone accidents can be devastating and difficult to deal with, especially during the events that follow. However, by taking the proper actions, you can make things go smoother and more likely to end in your favor. The most important thing is for you to remain reasonable and calm throughout it all.