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Angle or Side Collision?
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All car accidents can be dangerous or deadly, but one type that can be particularly detrimental is an angle or side collision. If you’ve been in this collision type in Orlando, meeting with a t-bone car accident lawyer as soon as possible can help improve your chances of recovering damages.
What is an angle/side collision?
A side-impact collision is known by many names, including a broadside accident, a t-bone accident and an angle collision. While the names may differ, depending with whom it is you’re speaking, they all refer to the same accident type: two cars making contact with another -- the front end of one colliding with the right or left side of the other.
Causes of an Angle or Side Collision
Side-impact collisions commonly occur at intersections when drivers fail to adhere to traffic lights. Usually, this accident type is caused when cars at angles that are not opposite to each other (a car heading north and a car heading east, for example) both enter an intersection at the same time, resulting in a collision. When a driver is impaired, such as being under the influence of drugs or alcohol, is fatigued, distracted, driving aggressively or speeding, or otherwise acts negligently, the chances of a angle or side-impact collision occurring are higher.
Victims' Rights Following an Angle or Side Collision Accident
Following an angle or side-impact collision in Florida, both parties have a right to recover compensation. According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, Florida’s mandatory car insurance -- known as PIP (personal injury protection) insurance -- will cover you, regardless of who was at fault for the accident. As such, both drivers can and should file a claim under their own insurance policies.
If a victim of a t-bone accident sustained serious injuries, then that person is allowed to file a personal injury claim for damages against the at-fault driver in civil court. A tort action for damages cannot be pursued unless the accident resulted in a severe injury. In a tort action, damages can be recovered for loss of physical property, financial losses for medical expenses and lost wages, and non-financial losses, such as pain and suffering damages.
A serious injury under Florida law includes an injury type that results in a loss of a body part (amputation), permanent loss of a bodily function, permanent injury, significant and permanent scarring, disfigurement, or death.
Statute of Limitations
A victim who suffered a serious injury and wishes to pursue a civil action for damages in court has a time limit for doing so. In Florida, this time limit is two years, as found under the 2014 Florida Statues Section 95.11. If a claim is not filed within the two-year period, it is highly unlikely that a court will hear the case. Therefore, if you’ve been injured, it’s imperative that you meet with a t-bone car accident attorney and take legal action as soon as you can.
Contact a T-Bone Car Accident Attorney in Florida Now
A car accident attorney is an important resource following a side-impact or angle car accident in Florida. Regardless of whether you file a claim with the insurance company or against the at-fault driver in civil court, an attorney can help fight for the compensation amount that you deserve.
If you need legal help, look no further than the car accident attorneys at The Francis Law Group. Our team is committed to representing car accident victims and promise to fight as hard as we can to get you the money to which you’re entitled! For more information, call us now at 888-327-2745.