T-Bone Car Accident Lawyers in Illinois
Illinois Car Accident Claims, Lawsuits and Settlements
T-bone accidents are scary events which endanger the lives and well-being of all occupants of the vehicle struck by another broadside. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), 25% of all fatal accidents were T-bone accidents. If you suffered severe injuries or a loved one was killed in a T-bone accident in Chicago, the Chicago attorneys from Stein & Shulman, LLC promise to fight for you and protect your rights.
T-bone, or broadside, crashes commonly occur at high speeds. T-bone crashes usually happen when one car enters an intersection unlawfully by “blowing” a red light or a stop sign or otherwise failing to yield to oncoming traffic. The impact of the collision is concentrated on the doors of the victim’s car. Incidentally, the doors are the weakest points on the car and offer the least protection from crashes. Crumple zones, airbags, and seatbelts cannot offer sufficient protection from the forces imparted upon the occupants of a car in a t-bone collision. Consequently, many people die and much more are injured in broadside crashes.
The point of impact as it relates to the location where the occupants are seated may determine survivability. When the front of a car impacts the door next to which a person sits, the door offers little resistance to the penetrating car. Newer cars might have stronger frames that are able to withstand more force, but the person sitting next to that door is in grave danger even with a sturdy frame. Airbags can help protect the head from impacting a door, window, pillar, or the other car. However, airbags cannot safeguard the victim from being thrown about violently about the passenger cabin. Even with seatbelts, the crash transfers a tremendous force that can shatter bones, sheer blood vessels, crush a spine, or break a neck.
The T-bone car accident victim is lucky to survive but may have done so with severe injuries. The injuries could render a person incapacitated for a long time. They can force to endure an extended stay either in a hospital or a rehabilitation facility. Meanwhile, as the medical bills mount, so too do the everyday bills we must all pay. Mortgage or rent payments are not going to stop automatically because you were in an accident. Additionally, you must continue to make utility payments, buy food, and pay for activities for your children while you miss work because of your crash.
In Illinois, a person injured in a T-bone car accident may be entitled to damages if he or she was not at fault for the crash. They can receive compensation for medical bills, future medical expenses, lost wages, loss of future financial opportunities, disfigurement, scarring, and pain and suffering caused by the T-bone wreck.
Stein & Shulman: T-bone crash attorneys for Chicago
Stein & Shulman’s 45 years of combined experience representing clients who were victims of an auto accident. Their collective experience and expertise can help you maximize your financial compensation. Call Stein & Shulman’s car accident lawyers today at 312.422.0500 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. Remember that time to file a claim is limited so you must act soon before your rights are lost forever.