We all know that T-bone accidents are at junctions and stop signs. Here are eight things you should look for if the worst should happen.
T-bone accidents happen often in the US, probably because we have such a high concentration of trucks and truck drivers. Since larger vehicles have limited sight lines, it means they are at excessive risk of these types of accidents.
We investigated the eight things you should look for after a T-bone accident so you can stay safe. Read this before you ride and do not let them surprise you out on the roads.
The 8 Things to Look for After a T-Bone Accident
Wondering what to do after a T-bone accident? We can help. Keep these eight things in mind to protect yourself from legal action.
1 – Safety
Before you do anything, make sure that you are safe, and that the driver of the other vehicle is not in immediate danger. Only when you have done this should you call 911. Request police and ambulance and then assess the scene. Do not put yourself in further danger.
2 – Witnesses
Once you know everyone is safe but before you go to the emergency room, gather the contact details of any witnesses to the accident. You may still be in shock at this time. It is better to hire a lawyer to do this for you if you suffer an injury.
3 – Weather
What is the weather like? If you are driving in wet weather with poor visibility, we could forgive you for not spotting that stop sign or giving way sign sooner. You may not know the road, or if you are the victim, the other driver may have lost control in bad conditions. Take note of the weather conditions.
4 – Space
Did the person behind the other vehicle at the intersection give them enough space to turn? Sometimes we do not give trucks, vans, and buses, the space they need to turn widely. This can result in vehicles stuck in the center of the intersection when the lights change. This increases the risk of an accident.
5 – Health and Wellness
Make sure you have a conversation with the driver of the other vehicle. If they slur their words or smell of alcohol, be sure to mention it to the police in your statement. There is also the chance that the T-bone accident happened because the other driver is in danger due to a health condition. Be sure to check on them even if they did crash into you.
6 – Vehicle Conditions
Was the vehicle involved in the T-bone collision of a road-worthy state? Sometimes these accidents happen because the vehicle was unsafe to drive. A broken drive shaft or faulty brakes, for example, could cause the driver to lose control. Ask if something happened to make them lose control of the car. You can (and should) ask for their insurance information.
7 – Distractions
Was the driver of the other vehicle eating, drinking, or fiddling with the radio at the time of the accident? Is music playing from their vehicle? Check if there are any spilled foodstuffs in the driver’s seat.
8 – Sheer Bad Luck
Some intersections are notorious for causing accidents. It could be that visibility is poor, it could be that they are known hot spots for pedestrian accidents, it could be there is no warning of the stop sign. Check the intersection is well lit and signposted before you leave the scene.