Skip to Main Content

Who Is At Fault In a T-Bone Car Accident?

Either driver in a T-bone accident could be at fault. Also, both drivers are sometimes at fault in this situation. Look at all aspects of the accident to determine who is responsible.

How the T-bone Accident Occurred Will Affect Who Is Responsible

Depending on the events leading up to the accident, you could be blameless or partially at fault. Your accident could have occurred due to:

A Driver Running a Red Light and Hitting You When You Had the Right-of-Way

The other driver might have been distracted, drowsy, intoxicated, or speeding when they hit your car traveling in a perpendicular direction. If they ignored or violated traffic signals, they would be negligent.

Making a Turn When the Other Driver Could Not Do So Safely

Some T-bone accidents occur when the other driver tries to make a turn and strikes a car that was in their path. This other driver might have failed to check for cars or misjudged how long they had before your car reached them. Also, they might have committed a moving violation, such as crossing several lanes of traffic before trying to turn.

A Malfunctioning or Missing Signal

Sometimes, the municipality in charge of maintaining signs and traffic signals does not fix (or is not aware of) a hazard in time to prevent an accident. The other driver could have hit your car due to this inaction.

You Could Still Collection Compensation Even if You Were Partially at Fault in Your T-bone Accident

In Nevada, you can receive compensation after an accident as long as you are 50% responsible (or less). In other words, if any of the following occurred in or before your accident, you could potentially still collect compensation:

  • You did not have your headlights on at night.
  • You did not have the right-of-way.
  • You were distracted, drowsy, or intoxicated.
  • You did not look out for any cross traffic.

How to Prove Fault for Your T-bone Accident

You will have to prove that the other driver caused the accident by collecting evidence that supports your claim. These things might include:

  • Photos of your injuries
  • Photos of the damage to your vehicle
  • Video of the accident, taken from traffic or security camera systems
  • Eyewitness testimony
  • Expert witness and accident reconstructionist testimony
  • Your written testimony of the accident and your healing process
  • Medical documents
  • Receipts for healthcare and vehicle repair

What to Do After a T-bone Car Accident

You should make sure that you and any other individuals involved are not injured. Then, you should move your vehicle to a safe place out of the flow of traffic. If you can do so, capture evidence of the accident and its aftermath. NRS §484E enforces the requirement that drivers involved in an accident have to stop and render aid if there is a death or injury.

Prioritize getting medical treatment. You should call emergency services so the police can report the accident. Request an ambulance at that time if you or the other driver require one. You should go to the doctor or a hospital/urgent care center after you leave the scene if you do not get treated by the responding paramedics. Finally, consider hiring a lawyer on our team to help you with your case.

How a Lawyer With Our Firm Can Help You Build a Strong Case

A legal professional will have knowledge about traffic laws and how they can affect fault in vehicle accidents. They can also perform any action necessary toward securing you a fair settlement.

For instance, they can:

  • Negotiate with the insurance company
  • File paperwork
  • Help you file a lawsuit, if the need arises
  • Inform you of your options
  • Protect your rights
  • Answer your questions
  • Look at the details of your case
  • Explain your insurance coverage

You Have a Limited Time to File a Lawsuit After Your Collision in Nevada

Regardless of who is at fault in your T-bone car accident, the statute of limitations imposed by NRS §11.190(4)(e) only allows you to file a lawsuit in the two years after the accident itself. Do not wait to take action, as if you miss this deadline, you forfeit your eligibility to pursue a financial award.

We Are Ready to Help You Fight to Win Your T-bone Accident Case

Our firm is staffed with legal professionals familiar with T-bone accidents and their aftermath. You could have suffered severe injuries in this kind of accident. Also, you might have lost a family member. The journal Injury Epidemiology reports that side-impact and angle crashes (like T-bone accidents) result in high fatality rates among passengers.

In this situation, we could help you fight for damages like:

  • Your and your loved one’s past pain and suffering
  • Your future pain and suffering and mental anguish
  • Loss of guidance or consortium
  • Loss of income and support
  • Funeral and burial costs
  • Your loved one’s medical bills

Call the Experienced Attorneys at High Stakes Injury Law Today

Contact High Stakes Injury Law for a helping hand today. The first call is free, and we work on a no-win, no-fee basis.

Get A 100% Free Case Evaluation From A Top-Rated Personal Injury Attorney Call: (702) 707-5934 or Contact Us Online


Settlement / Auto Accident


Settlement / Tire Explosion


Settlement / Truck Accident


“After being in an accident my friend told me to call High Stakes Injury Law. A lawyer named Brian came to my home to meet with me and started my claim immediately. The legal team was extremely efficient, responded back to me quickly, listened to my concerns, and handled everything with speed and accuracy. Every step of the way was communicated. I received my settlement in 10 months’ time. I highly recommend using Berstein and Poisson. Thank you for helping get my life back on track.”


“If you are in need of a wonderful law firm to handle your personal injury case please read this. Three years ago I was that person. I had never filed a lawsuit in the 30 years that I lived in Las Vegas Nevada… trust in this firm, they will not disappoint you and you will feel the confidence that you need to feel in your attorney.”


“Excellent service. I was in a car accident, and from the very beginning all the way to the end, they answered all my questions and guided me step by step. The communication was phenomenal. This firm really took care of me. I highly recommend High Stakes Injury Law.”


“Very professional and friendly. A hassle-free process from the beginning. Very easy to communicate with, unlike some law firms that won’t even return your calls. I would definitely use their services again if needed.”

See All Client Reviews

I Was Injured In An Accident. What Do I Do Now?

By Scott L. Poisson

  • Do I Have A Case?
  • Dealing With The Insurance Company
  • When a Lawsuit Is Filed
  • Overcoming Common Defense Themes
  • Special Considerations in Specific Types of Cases