T-Bone Collision Accident

New York T-Bone Collision Attorney


For more than 50 years, our tenacious team at Spar & Bernstein has successfully handled hundreds of personal injury cases, including T-bone accidents.

We fight for the highest compensation possible for your damages, injuries or losses, while treating every case with the utmost compassion and care.

Contact Nyc T-Bone Accident Lawyer

Talk to us


If you have been involved in a T-bone car accident and are looking for a New York T-bone collision attorney, you have come to the right place.

With hundreds of success stories, we approach every case uniquely, and fight to ensure you are fairly compensated for your economic and non-economic damages.


A T-bone accident, often referred to as a T-bone collision, side-impact crash or broadside crash, is an accident in which one vehicle collides head-on into the side of another vehicle, forming a T-shape.


Statute Of Limitations

According to the statute of limitations, you have three (3) years after a T-bone collision in New York to submit a personal injury claim. After this time, you are no longer eligible to file a claim.

If you want to file a claim against a municipality or a government agency, you must submit a Notice of Claim a maximum of 90 days after the accident, and file a claim no later than one (1) year and ninety (90) days after the accident.

No-Fault Law

According to the New York No-Fault Law, no matter who was responsible for the accident, any party is eligible to receive coverage of up to $50,000 for medical expenses, lost income, and other injury-related costs.

Comparative Negligence

According to the Comparative Negligence Law, no matter how much fault is assigned in a T-bone accident, the damages you are eligible to seek are lowered by your own share of fault.


Though the most obvious party at-fault for a T-bone accident is the driver who hit your vehicle, the responsibility for the collision can further extend to car manufacturers, government agencies in charge of road maintenance or traffic signals and other parties.


If you were involved in a T-bone collision and suffered injuries and damages, your insurance company will use your individual Personal Injury Protection (PIP) Insurance to cover your medical expenses, lost wages and other costs, such as in-house assistance or treatment transportation costs, after you submit a claim.

You can file a claim with the at-fault party if:

  • Your PIP is not sufficient enough to cover your medical expenses
  • You do not have PIP
  • You are not covered by the auto insurance of a family member
  • You want to pursue compensation for other types of damages

Pain And Suffering

To be compensated for pain and suffering related to your injuries, you can file a claim or a lawsuit against the at-fault driver.

Property Damage

If the accident caused personal property damage, you can submit a claim against the party or parties that were responsible for the crash.

Wrongful Death

If you lost a loved one in an accident, you can pursue compensation for wrongful death.

Speak With A Personal Injury Lawyer

Get A Free Consultation

Experienced T-Bone Collision Lawyers Fighting For You

Get compensated for your pain and suffering, lost wages and medical bills now.

  • 50+ years of experience in all areas of personal injury law
  • 100+ million dollars recovered for our clients
  • Motor vehicle, Construction accidents & more
Get A Free Case Overview


What Are The Most Common Causes Of T-Bone Car Accidents?

The most common causes of T-bone car accidents include: 

  • Speeding 
  • Running a red light 
  • Failing to yield the right-of-way 
  • Making unsafe cross-traffic left turns  
  • Distracted driving, including texting, fiddling with the radio or looking up directions on a mobile device 
  • Driving after alcohol or drug intoxication 
  • Eating and drinking behind the wheel 
  • Suffering from lack of sleep, which results in exhaustion and fatigue 
  • Operating a faulty motor vehicle with brake problems or a broken steering component 

Why Do T-Bone Accidents Result In Serious Injuries?

T-bone accidents typically result in serious injuries because the passengers inside the car that is hit are protected only by a narrow layer of metal.  

In addition, they may remain trapped inside the car for an extended period of time, until rescue teams arrive and are able to remove them safely from the vehicle. This can result in delayed medical help, deterioration of the injuries suffered and even death. 

The passengers most seriously injured are typically those who were sitting on the side of the impact. 

Who Is At Fault For A T-Bone Accident?

Parties at fault for a T-bone collision can include:

  • A negligent driver — for example, a driver that makes an unsafe left turn or does not stop at a red light or Stop sign
  • A car manufacturer that produced a car with manufacturing defects
  • Road designers and engineers
  • Government agencies that failed to properly maintain the road or traffic signals and thus contributed to the accident

Do Police Determine Who Was At Fault For A T-Bone Accident?

Police do not necessarily determine who caused a T-bone collision. When they arrive at an accident scene, they complete and file an accident report. This report includes tickets for traffic violations conducted by the driver or drivers in the accident. 

An experienced T-bone accident attorney will review the details of your case and collect evidence to identify the parties liable for the crash. 

What Are The Most Common Injuries After A T-Bone Collision In New York?

The most common injuries after a T-bone collision include: 

  • Back and neck injuries, from nerve damage and herniated discs to spinal cord damage 
  • Head injuries, from cuts and a concussion to severe brain trauma 
  • Eye injuries 
  • Chest injuries 
  • Facial trauma 
  • Abdominal injuries 
  • Pelvic injuries 
  • Amputated limbs 
  • Death 

What Factors Affect The Severity Of Injuries In A T-Bone Accident?

The severity of injuries received in a T-bone accident depends on various factors, such as: 

  • The speed of the vehicles at the time of the impact 
  • The make and model of the vehicles 
  • The use of seat belts 
  • The availability of side air bags 
  • The angle of impact 

What Affects The Amount Of Compensation I Will Receive After A T-Bone Accident In New York?

The amount of compensation you will receive after a T-bone accident in New York depends on multiple factors, such as: 

  • Your contribution to the accident 
  • The seriousness of your injuries 
  • The money you spent on medical bills, repair and other accident-related expenses 
  • The need for future medical treatment, in-house assistance or home modifications 
  • The impact your injuries will have on your personal life or career  

What Damages Are Available In A Wrongful Death Case After A T-Bone Accident?

The damages you can claim in a wrongful death case after a T-bone accident in New York include: 

  • Funeral expenses 
  • Lost financial earnings the victim could have received, had they not died in the accident 
  • Financial recovery for loss of companionship or support 

Who Can File A Wrongful Death Claim After A T-Bone Accident In New York?

The parties who can file a wrongful death claim after a T-bone accident in New York include: 

  • A spouse or domestic partner 
  • Children 
  • People who have the right over the property of the deceased 

What Should I Do After A T-Bone Accident In New York?

After a T-bone accident: 

  • Seek immediate medical attention — This accident can result in severe injuries and some conditions, such as internal bleeding, may develop at a later stage 
  • If your condition allows, remain at the accident scene until the police arrive 
  • Do not discuss any details or your responsibility with anyone present at the accident scene 
  • If possible, record evidence such as the state of your car, the other vehicle, the road signal devices, weather and road conditions 
  • Request the other driver’s details, such as the driver’s name, vehicle plate number or insurance company 
  • Request contact information from witnesses 
  • Get a copy of the accident report or ask how you can get one 
  • Contact a knowledgeable New York T-bone collision attorney 

How Can Spar & Bernstein Help Me After A T-Bone Accident?

After a T-bone collision, our tenacious and knowledgeable team at Spar & Bernstein will: 

  • Determine who is responsible for the T-bong accident 
  • Collect evidence and talk to witnesses  
  • Identify the type of damages you can claim, along with the estimated amounts 
  • Observe the legal deadlines to file a claim or a lawsuit 
  • Represent your interests before the insurance companies and the court 

How Much Do New York T-Bone Collision Attorney Services Cost?

At Spar & Bernstein, you only pay legal fees if your case is settled. The cost is a contingency, or a portion of the negotiated compensation. 

We off a free consultation to discuss the specifics of your T-bone accident and determine next steps. At this consultation, you will get to know our experienced team and discover how we can help you reach a successful outcome. 

Can I Seek Compensation If I Am Responsible For A T-Bone Accident In New York?

Since New York is a comparative negligence state, you can pursue compensation even if you were at fault for the T-bone collision. Note that the compensation you receive will be decreased by the percentage of your fault.  

What Do No-Fault Insurance Benefits Include After A T-Bone Collision In New York?

Your no-fault insurance benefits cover a maximum amount of $50,000 for: 

  • Medical and hospital expenses 
  • Lost earnings 
  • Expenses related to in-house assistance or transportation for treatment 

No-fault benefits do not include vehicle damage or non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering, loss of consortium, losses of enjoyment of life or mental anguish. 

What Are The Deadlines For Filing A No-Fault Claim With Your Own Insurance Company In New York?

To file a claim with your own insurance company, you must observe the following deadlines: 

  • No-fault claim: Within 30 days from the date of the accident 
  • Medical claims: Within 45 days of treatment  
  • Loss of earning claims: Within 90 days after the expenses incurred 

Hiring a knowledgeable New York T-bone collision attorney will ensure you meet important deadlines when it comes to filing a claim with your insurance company or a third party. 

Are T-Bone Accidents Common In New York?

T-bone collisions are common in New York and can have devastating results. According to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, this accident in New York caused 121,989 personal injuries and 882 fatalities in 2018. 

How Can I Avoid T-Bone Collisions?

To avoid T-bone collisions: 

  • Obey traffic lights at intersections 
  • Slow down when traffic lights change to yellow 
  • Drive through an intersection only if you are sure the cross-street traffic is not moving 
  • Stop when there is a Stop sign 
  • Assume some drivers may not follow the traffic light laws 
  • Be extremely cautious in foggy weather or other conditions that decrease visibility 

What Types of Personal Injury Lawyers Spar & Bernstein Has?

Experienced Leader in Immigration and Injury Law

Bradford H. Bernstein, a second-generation leader at Law Offices of Spar & Bernstein, P.C., has helped over 100,000 clients with immigration and personal injury issues. Brad joined the firm in 1993, became a partner in 1997, and assumed leadership in 2000 after Harry Spar retired.

View Brad's Bio