Any car accident has the potential to lead to life-changing injuries, but there are some types of accidents that tend to cause more severe damage. Side-impact crashes are often the result of driver negligence or recklessness, and these accidents frequently cause injuries to other drivers and passengers.

T-bone accidents, also known as side-impact accidents, occur when one car crashes into the side of another vehicle. They can be incredibly dangerous because of the intense impact on the people in the car on the side of the collision.

If you’ve been injured in a T-bone car accident, you have options for pursuing compensation. The attorneys at D’Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC, are uniquely qualified to guide you through your car injury claim to ensure you maximize your chances for recovery.

Proving Fault in a T-Bone Car Accident

Side-impact collisions can be caused by distracted driving, drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol, failure to yield, or speeding, among other dangerous driving behaviors. Regardless of the details of your accident, you must be able to establish that the other party is responsible, which means showing:

  • They had a duty of care to drive safely
  • They breached that duty of care
  • Their negligence or failure caused the accident
  • You sustained injuries and harm as a result of the accident

All drivers in Watertown and throughout Connecticut have a duty to operate their vehicles safely and avoid harming others. Your attorney can help you prove the at-fault driver breached that duty and caused the accident by gathering evidence like:

  • Medical records
  • Police reports
  • Video footage
  • Witness statements
  • Pictures of the scene

Accident reconstruction and expert witness testimony can also be useful in car accident cases.

Recovering Damages After a Side-Impact Car Accident

Connecticut allows injured car accident victims to seek compensation for three types of damages: economic, non-economic, and punitive.

Economic Damages

These damages have defined or objective monetary values and are more easily established. They include past medical bills, current medical expenses, lost wages, and property damage.

Non-economic Damages

Non-economic damages are subjective and represent harm that has no direct cost equivalent. Pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of quality of life are considered non-economic damages.

Punitive Damages

This type is rarely awarded and is reserved for instances in which the at-fault party acted with reckless disregard for the safety of others or intentionally violated someone’s rights. Punitive damages are meant to punish the negligent party and deter similar behaviors. Examples include texting while driving or driving under the influence.

Connecticut uses a comparative negligence system when determining fault in car accident cases. This means that more than one person can be found responsible for an accident, including the injured party. You can still recover compensation as long as you are less than 50% at fault. Additionally, your financial award will decrease according to your percentage of fault.

For example, if you are awarded $50,000 and found to be 15% responsible for the accident, your final compensation would equal $42,500.

Experienced and Aggressive Representation After a T-Bone Accident

Contact the car accident attorneys at D’Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC, to discuss the details of your case and find out if we’re a good fit for you. We offer over 100 years of combined experience and targeted experience in personal injury cases like car accidents, and our clients trust us to provide knowledgeable and compassionate legal counsel. Schedule your free consultation with us today.