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Side-Impact Accidents

Side-impact accidents can be one of the most dangerous type of auto accidents, and are often completely unexpected. You may be driving down the road lawfully, crossing an intersection with the right-of-way, when another car going 30 miles per hour or faster comes crashing into yours, with just the few inches of metal that is your car door between you and the impact. If you've been the victim of a side-impact, or "t-bone," crash, you should have someone fighting for you.

Houston Side-Impact Accident Lawyer

Our Houston t-bone crash attorneys at Wilhite & Associates, P.C., will fight for your rights and your recovery. You've just had something shocking and terrifying happen to you. Our knowledgeable, experienced personal injury lawyers can do the fighting for you. We'll take on the big insurance companies. Call us at (281) 537-2171 to set up a free consultation to discuss your case.

We are proud to represent the victims of side-impact crashes throughout the Houston area, including Harris County, Montgomery County, Fort Bend County, Grimes County, Waller County and Washington County.

How T-Bone Accidents in Houston Happen

A "t-bone" accident means another car hits the side of your car at or close to a right (90-degree) angle. It most often happens at intersections. A car passes through an intersection going north to south, and a car going east to west slams into its side. Usually, the driver that hits the other driver was supposed to stop and did not. He or she could have not seen a stop sign or stop light, and assumed he or she had the right of way. He or she could have been speeding to make it through a yellow light and couldn't stop in time when the light turned red. When a driver hits another car when going through the intersection when he or she did not have the right of way, that driver is usually responsible.

Sometimes, however, the driver being hit is responsible. For instance, if a driver pulls out into an intersection too soon or skips a stop and another car t-bones that driver, the driver who was t-boned is most likely responsible. Side-impact crashes can also happen when a driver pulls out of a parking lot or driveway into incoming traffic. That driver would also most likely be responsible.

Damages from Houston Side-Impact Crashes

The extent of the damage depends on the size and type of vehicle of the vehicles involved, and, often most telling, the speed. Not every side-impact accident is catastrophic, but it's rare to be involved in a side-impact accident without damage, especially if your car is the one being t-boned. In a front or rear-end collision, the bumper often blunts the damage somewhat. In a side-impact accident, the other car crashes right into the body of your car, meaning significant body work is inevitable to get your car back to its old condition even in the least severe of accidents.

It doesn't take much, however, for a side-impact crash to become severe. If a car rear-ends you, there are several feet of distance —and metal — between you and the impact. If a car t-bones you on the driver side, however, there are only a few inches between you and where the other vehicle is slamming into you. If you're t-boning another car that ran through an intersection, you could have severe injuries from hitting the airbag, or worse. Side-impact accidents account for a quarter of all auto accident deaths, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

If you've been the victim of a side-impact crash caused by another person, you could seek economic damages, which compensate you for your measurable, monetary losses, like your hospital bills, lost wages and, if disabled, lost ability to work. You can also seek non-economic damages, meant to compensate you for less tangible damages, like pain and suffering or mental anguish. Exemplary damages, sometimes called "punitive damages," may be available if gross negligence or other circumstance were involved. Your Houston auto accident attorney will be able to help you determine what damages might be available to you.

Dealing with Houston Insurance Companies

Most drivers are represented by big insurance companies. Those insurance companies may make an offer to get you to settle. They might say it's the best you're going to do. They may say it's all they owe. They may say the accident was actually your fault, but they're interested in walking away from the matter and you should be, too.

Don't believe it. Insurance companies will make every attempt and use every tactic to walk away with as little as possible. An attorney will be an advocate for you and your interests. We will negotiate with the insurance company to seek a settlement that actually covers your needs and properly compensates you for all your damages. If you're not satisfied with the settlement offered, we can take the insurance company to court.

Wilhite & Associates, P.C. | Texas T-Bone Accident Attorney

Our Houston side-impact accidents at Wilhite & Associates, P.C., are on your side. Let us fight for you. We represent the victims of t-bone accidents against big insurance companies all over the Houston area, including The Woodlands, Sugar Land, Cypress, Klein and Spring. Call us today at (281) 537-2171 so our lawyers can set up a free consultation.

Wilhite & Associates, P.C. represents clients from all over Southeast Texas, including:

Harris County - Aldine, Atascocita, Barrett, Barker, Baytown, Bellaire, Brownwood, Bunker Hill Village, Channelview, Clear Lake, Cloverleaf, Crosby, Cypress, Deer Park, East Houston, El Lago, Galena Park, Hedwig Village, Highlands, Hilshire Village, Houston, Hudson, Humble, Hunters Creek Village, Jacinto City, Jersey Village, Katy, Kingwood, Klein, La Porte, Louetta, Lynchburg, Nassau Bay, North Houston, Pasadena, Piney Point Village, Seabrook, Sheldon, Shoreacres, South Houston, Southside Place, Spring, Spring Valley, Taylor Lake Village, Tomball, Webster, West University Place

Montgomery County - Conroe, Cut and Shoot, Magnolia, Montgomery, Oak Ridge North, Panorama Village, Patton Village, Roman Forest, Shenandoah, Splendora, Stagecoach, Willis, Woodbranch, Woodloch, The Woodlands

Fort Bend County - Arcola, Beasley, Fairchilds, Fulshear, Kendleton, Meadows Place, Missouri City, Needville, Orchard, Pleak, Richmond, Rosenberg, Simonton, Stafford, Sugar Land, Thompsons

Waller County - Brookshire, Hempstead, Pattison, Pine Island, Prairie View, Waller

Grimes County - Anderson, Bedias, Iola, Navasota, Todd Mission

Washington County - Brenham, Burton, Chappell Hill

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