T-bone car accidents oftentimes involve significant injuries, particularly to the party that was struck from the side. And while fault is oftentimes pretty easy to decipher in a rear-end collision, it’s not always easy to determine who is at fault when both parties assumed they had the right of way to drive forward, which is usually the case in a T-bone collision. In today’s blog, we explain how our team of lawyers can help prove that the other party was at fault for your T-bone accident in Minnesota.
Proving Fault In A T-Bone Accident
While Minnesota is a “No Fault” state when it comes to car accidents, that only provides coverage for up to $20,000 worth of medical expenses and $20,000 worth of lost wages or replacement services. Oftentimes a T-bone collision involves more extensive injuries and longer periods away from work, so it’s easy to far exceed those coverage maximums. In these instances, you’ll look to collect additional compensation from the at-fault party, but first you’ll have to prove that they were liable for your injuries. Here are some of the ways to prove fault:
Video Recordings – Perhaps the accident was caught on a traffic camera or on security footage from a nearby business. We can track down these recordings and use them to show that your version of events is the truth.
Witness Testimony – Oftentimes a T-bone accident comes down to a he-said, she-said argument, which is why it is so important to get the contact information of any witnesses who can verify your version of events. If the other driver said you ran a red light, not them, it may be tough to decipher who is telling the truth unless a neutral party can confirm your story. If you’re in the right, make it a point to get the contact information of anyone who can verify what occurred leading up to and during the crash.
Cell Phone Records – Courts can get access to cell phone records if there is reason to believe one party may have been distracted at the time of the crash. If you believe the other party was distracted at the moment you were involved in the collision, work with a lawyer to see if their cell phone use data can be made available.
Your Testimony – If it does come down to your word versus theirs, you’ll want to ensure that your story is airtight. We’ll work with you to go over the specifics of the accident so that you remember all the key details when talking with the insurance company or when answering questions in court. If your testimony comes off as more reliable than the other party’s testimony, you’ll be in a good spot to win an award.
Accident Reconstruction – We also have access to experts who can recreate the scene of the accident and help paint a picture of what occurred when the two parties are telling different stories. For example, they can examine vehicle damage, brake patterns or similar traffic information to help determine why exactly an accident occurred, which can strengthen your case.
Pictures – If you do not require immediate medical attention after your accident, try to take some pictures of the scene of the accident. Take pictures of the scene, the vehicles, the intersection, any visible injuries or anything that you believe could be relevant to your case. You may not end up needing them, but it’s better to have the pictures and not need them than need them and not have them. Cover your bases and take some pictures of the scene of the incident unless you are in need of active medical attention.
Lawyer Up – Finally, the best way to prove that the other party is at fault is by connecting with an injury lawyer like Hey Workers. We have a wealth of experience building airtight cases and arguing them to an insurance company or before a judge, and we’ll gladly put our reputation on the line for you. Even if you have a strong case, if you can’t articulate it well, you may not earn the compensation you seek. Let us develop your case for you so that you can have the peace of mind knowing it is done right.
For more information about proving fault or building a claim after a T-bone car accident in Minnesota, reach out to the team at Hey Workers today at (844) 439-9675.