Fault in a T-Bone Collision - Diamond and Diamond Lawyers
  • Monday, 06 November 2017

Fault in a T-Bone Collision

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Motor vehicle accidents are sudden, violent events happening, in many instances, without warning. It’s common for the drivers involved in an accident to be unsure about what just happened. Police and investigators interview witnesses and sift through the wrecked vehicles and other evidence to piece together the facts to determine how the collision happened and who was at fault. One of the more difficult types of accidents to determine fault is a T-bone collision in which the front of one vehicle smashes into the side of another.

Deciding fault in Ontario

When you have an accident in Ontario, claims for property damage and personal injuries are handled through your own insurance company without regard to who was at fault in causing the accident. However, insurance companies always determine the percentage of fault on the part of each driver because drivers who are more than 25 percent responsible for causing an accident will see an increase in their auto insurance premiums. An owner who lends an auto to a friend who then has a collision with it is penalized for the accident with increased insurance premiums if the friend is found to be at fault.

Insurance companies use the Fault Determination Rules created under the Insurance Act of Ontario when deciding the degree of fault of each driver. The rules are actually a set of 40 scenarios with diagrams of some of the most common types of accidents, including T-bone collisions, with an explanation for assessing fault in each situation. The Fault Determination Rules are only used for claims involving property damage. They are not used to decide liability in personal injury claims in which a court action is brought on behalf of an injured driver or passenger.

Fault and T-bone collisions

There are two general scenarios under which T-bone collisions happen:

  • A vehicle going straight hits a vehicle making a left turn.
  • A vehicle lawfully in an intersection is struck by or strikes a vehicle ignoring a traffic signal or traffic control device, such as a stop sign.

Under the Fault Determination Rules, a vehicle making a left turn must yield the right of way to approach traffic. If the turning vehicle is hit by an approaching vehicle, the driver of the turning vehicle would be at fault using the rules. However, in a personal injury claim, evidence introduced at trial proving the approaching vehicle driven by the injured party had sufficient time to take evasive action to avoid a collision could cause part of the fault in causing the collision to be placed on the victim.

The importance of witnesses

Witnesses can play a pivotal role in proving fault in T-bone collisions brought to court to recover compensation. Assuming that each of the parties to a personal injury lawsuit offer conflicting accounts of what happened, an eyewitness without ties to either party could offer the only reliable account of how an accident happened. In a T-bone collision, a witness who saw the accident could confirm or refute who had the right of way or which driver failed to obey a traffic signal.

Experienced personal injury lawyers

Conducting a proper investigation and knowing how to present evidence to prove fault in a T-bone collision is why people trust the experienced personal injury lawyers at Diamond & Diamondto represent them.Years of experience pursuing compensation claims on behalf of victims injured through the negligence of others makethem the personal injury lawyers trusted by people throughout Ontario. Don’t delay, contact our 24/7 injury hotline at 1-800-567-HURT or visit our website to speak to someone now about your claim. Consultations are free, and we have offices located throughout Ontario.

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