If you sustained injuries in a T-bone accident in Bradenton, Florida, you may be able to build a case to hold the driver responsible for their careless behavior behind the wheel. A Bradenton side impact collision lawyer from Distasio Law Firm could represent you and handle the legal process on your behalf.
Reach out to an experienced auto crash attorney at our firm for a free evaluation of your case today.
Bradenton T-Bone Crashes Can Lead to Permanent Injuries
While often overlooked for head-on collisions and rollover accidents, side-impact accidents can be severe. Also known as “broadside collisions” and “T-bone accidents,” they are a common cause of car accident injuries and fatalities and are among the most dangerous types of accidents that occur.
One reason these accidents are so dangerous is because of the high speeds often involved. Another is because of where and how these accidents happen. A side-impact, especially involving a collision with the driver or passenger door, can cause the vehicle occupant significant injuries. There are federal side-impact vehicle safety standards under 49 CFR 571.214 – Standard No. 214, but vehicle doors may still struggle to withstand the force of a high-speed impact.
Side-impact collisions usually occur at intersections, with one driver’s vehicle traveling at or above the speed limit at the time of impact. They can occur when a driver fails to:
- Stop at a stop sign.
- Stop at a red light.
- Yield the right of-of-way as required, such as when turning left.
- Provide enough time and distance to cross the road in front of oncoming traffic.
Any of these actions may support a negligence claim against the at-fault driver. One of the dedicated legal professionals at Distasio Law Firm can review your case to determine if you qualify to hold the driver accountable under Florida law. If we believe your case has merit, we can represent you on a contingency fee basis. You only pay us attorney fees after we recover compensation for you, and we take our payment from this compensation, never out of your pocket.
A Bradenton side impact wreck attorney from Distasio Law Firm may be able to commit the necessary time and resources to develop a case against the driver who hit you.
How a Broadside Accident Attorney Can Help
A T-bone collision lawyer in Bradenton can represent you in your legal case, if we determine there is enough evidence available. We are committed to holding the parties who caused our clients’ pain and suffering accountable for their actions.
We know you are busy fighting to get well and recover from the injuries you sustained. We want to take away the stress of having to deal with the insurance companies and negotiate a settlement yourself. Not only can we handle this for you, but we can also:
- Determine a fair settlement range for your case.
- Defend your rights with the insurance company or in court.
- Handle all communication about your claim and legal case
- Negotiate a just payout in many cases without going to court.
Recoverable Damages in an Insurance Settlement or Court Award
If one of the skilled Bradenton broadside crash attorneys from Distasio Law Firm is successful in recovering a payout on your behalf, the value of this payout will depend on many different factors. After we complete our investigation into your case, we can calculate a fair settlement offer. Then, we will present our evidence to the insurer or the judge and jury, demanding a fair agreement or court award in your case.
Recoverable compensation in your accident case may include financial and intangible losses, such as:
- Medical treatment and ongoing care expenses.
- Lost wages and other income.
- Reduced capacity to earn.
- Repair or replacement of your damaged car, truck, SUV, or other vehicle.
- Other property damages you incurred.
- Out-of-pocket expenses you paid related to your accident or injuries.
- Pain and suffering.
- Other intangible losses.
Wrongful death damages may also be available for qualifying family members in a wrongful death case, as allowed under Florida Statute 768.21. Please accept our condolences and allow us to fight on behalf of your family.
Statute of Limitations Apply When Filing a Manatee County Lawsuit
Under Florida’s statute of limitations on civil injury cases, Florida Statute § 95.11, Distasio Law Firm only has four years to file a lawsuit on your behalf in an injury case and 2 years in a wrongful death case. This countdown begins the day of your side-impact accident in most cases. If you do not file the proper paperwork in a Manatee County civil court by this deadline, the court is unlikely to accept your case, and you will not be able to recover a court award.
Most car accident cases that end with a payout settle outside of court, and we rarely need to file a lawsuit. However, we need to protect your right to take the at-fault party or parties to court, because this provides leverage to seek compensation for your injuries and losses.
Speak to a Member of Our Bradenton Side-Impact Collisions Team
Working with a Bradenton side impact collision lawyer from Distasio Law Firm on your traffic accident case may allow you to focus on your injuries, treatment, and healing. We can handle your insurance claim or civil suit and pursue holding the at-fault motorist responsible. We believe in accountability and will fight for fair compensation for you based on the facts of your side-impact accident case.
You can speak with a member of our Distasio Law Firm team by giving us a call today. Our case consultations are free for accident victims in and around the greater Tampa Bay area.