Myrtle Beach T-Bone Accident Lawyer
If you or a loved one were injured in a broadside or “T-bone” collision in Myrtle Beach, don’t hesitate to reach out to Law Office of William J. Luse for help. We know how dangerous and devastating these types of accidents can be, and we are prepared to demand fair compensation on your behalf. If the other motorist was careless, reckless, or otherwise negligent while behind the wheel, they should be the ones to pay for what happened, not you.
T-bone accidents in particular can be devastating for the occupants in the vehicle that is hit on its side. It is not uncommon for the driver and passengers to suffer severe injuries, and in the most tragic cases, the crash could prove to be fatal. If you were hurt or if you lost a loved one in an accident in Myrtle Beach, the experienced and skilled car accident attorneys of Law Office of William J. Luse will be ready to stand up and fight for you. Call us at (843) 839-4795 or reach out to us online to schedule a free case evaluation right away.
Common Causes of T-Bone Accidents
A T-bone accident happens when the front of one car collides with the side of another, forming a T-shape. These accidents are also referred to as broadside or side-impact accidents. These accidents are almost always the result of negligence on the part of one or more motorists. The severity of the collision will be affected by how quickly the vehicles were traveling at the point of impact. Some common causes include:
- Failure to yield the right of way
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Improper left turns
- Failure to stop at a stop sign or red light
- Distracted driving
If this has happened to you, don’t despair. An experienced attorney could help you get answers and compensation.
Common Injuries Caused by T-Bone Collisions
While there are airbags positioned at the front of a vehicle, not all cars have side-impact airbags. This means that passengers will take the full force of a side-impact, and if you or the other car is traveling at a high rate of speed, injuries could end up being severe. Some common injuries caused by T-bone collisions include:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Neck injuries, including whiplash and others
- Back and spine injuries
- Spinal cord injuries, including paralysis
- Rib and torso injuries
- Internal organ injuries
- Broken or fractured bones
- Cuts and lacerations
These injuries and others could have a lasting impact on your life and livelihood. They can require hospitalization, ongoing medical care, and potentially long-term treatment and care. In almost all instances, injuries of this nature often come with costly medical bills, which can leave victims struggling to pay for the harm they’ve suffered. Fortunately, you have the right to seek compensation from the at-fault party and recover the compensation you need to pay your bills and move on with your life.
How a Car Accident Lawyer Can Help
After a T-bone collision, you will likely be contacted by the other party’s insurance company. While the representative might seem concerned about your wellbeing and might offer to help you, don’t trust them. Remember that insurance companies are in business to make money, not pay out settlements. The other side will likely do everything they can to deny, delay, or underpay your injury claim.
Contacting a T-bone collision lawyer in Myrtle Beach is the best first step toward getting the compensation you deserve. Your lawyer will talk with you about the accident and your case at length and will determine the best course of action for you. Your attorney will handle all of the legal legwork while you focus on recovering from your injuries.
South Carolina Negligence Laws and Statute of Limitations
South Carolina follows a comparative negligence doctrine when it comes to personal injury claims. This means that you can could recover compensation even if you are partially at fault for the T-bone crash. You could be awarded damages as long as you are 50% or less at fault for the crash. Those damages will be reduced by the percentage of blame assigned to you. For example, if you were found to be 20% at fault for the crash, and were awarded $100,000, your final award would be reduced by 20% to $80,000.
It is crucial to note that in South Carolina, we have a three-year statute of limitations on personal injury claims and your lawyer will work to ensure that your claim is ready on time so that it is filed before the statute of limitations expires.
Types of Compensation You Could Recover After a T-Bone Collision
Depending on the nature of the accident and the severity of your injuries, you could be owed significant compensation. In general, victims will be eligible to seek compensation for both economic (easily calculable) damages and non-economic (harder to quantify) damages. After a T-bone collision, victims could be owed compensation for:
- Medical bills/Future care costs: Surgery bills, hospital stays, and other medical costs can add up, which means that you could be stuck with large financial debt after a T-bone collision. You may also be faced with rehabilitation and physical therapy costs for a while, so future medical bills will also add to this tally.
- Lost wages/Loss of future earning potential: Recovering from a traumatic accident takes time so you may have to miss work during that process, which could cause you to lose wages. If your injuries are severe enough, you could also face the possibility of being unable to return to your previous job. You could claim those lost wages as well as your future earning potential.
- Repairs or replacement of property: If your car was damaged or totaled, or if other personal property was damaged or destroyed, you could seek compensation for that as well.
- Wrongful death: Surviving family members could be owed compensation for funeral expenses, burial costs, and other financial obligations as well. They might also be able to file for loss of companionship and loss of financial support. No amount can ever replace a loved one, but this money may be able to help alleviate some of the financial losses that they’ve suffered due to the untimely death.
- Pain and suffering: These are non-economic damages that help to compensate for the mental and emotional issues victims deal with after being in the accident.
Why Hire Law Office of William J. Luse for Your T-Bone Collision Case
At Law Office of William J. Luse, we fight aggressively for those who have been hurt in our community. Our satisfied clients and our track record of success proves that we will do whatever it takes to help you if you’ve been hurt. As a result, our firm has been recognized and honored in Best Attorney of America, a Top 10 Personal Injury Attorney by Attorney and Practice, one of American Institute of Personal Injury Attorney’s Top 10, and others.
We represent clients on a contingency-fee-basis, which means you won’t have to pay us anything until we win your case. There is no fee to speak with us during your initial consultation, and when you retain us, we’ll work on your case at no cost. We only recoup our fees if and when we secure compensation for you.
Were You in a T-Bone Accident? Contact Us for a Free Consultation
The Myrtle Beach car accident attorneys at Law Office of William J. Luse represent those who’ve been hurt in T-bone collisions in Myrtle Beach and the surrounding areas. If you’ve been hurt, don’t trust your case to just any law firm. Turn to a firm that has the right skills and resources to get you the maximum compensation for your injury claim. We stand ready to fight for you. Call us today at (843) 839-4795 or reach out to us online.