T-Bone Accident Causes Multiple Fractures and Spleen Hemorrhage...

by Carlos
(San Antonio, TX)

I was on an access road when a lady crossed 3 lanes trying to get into a shopping center parking lot. She cut in front of me causing us to t-bone. I ended up going through her back side window. She did not render aid while I laid on the road.

I ended up with a broken leg, 3 fractured ribs and a spleen hemorrhage. I'm 17 years old. Do you think I can win a case against this woman? How much could I get as compensation for my injuries? Thanks.

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ANSWER for "T-Bone Accident Causes Multiple Fractures and Spleen Hemorrhage...":

Carlos (San Antonio, TX):

In automobile injury collisions the police are almost always called to the scene. When you mentioned the other driver failed to stop and render aid it's unclear whether you meant she left the scene, or just stood by as you lay bleeding and broken on the pavement.

If she actually left the scene of the collision, in the State of Texas doing so would be a 3rd degree felony offense. The crime is punishable by a minimum of 2 years and a maximum of 10 years in the State Penitentiary and up to a $10,000.00 dollar fine. The prison sentence can also be probated.

If she didn’t leave the scene but failed to render aid it's debatable whether she might be accused of any crime, although it is very hard to picture her standing there ignoring you while you writhed in apparent pain.

You ask if you have a case against the driver. From the facts you present it would seem so. If you want to have a better idea of your chances of prevailing in your claim you should rely on the police report. Your recitation of the facts would seem to foretell the information in the police report.

The police report should clearly indicate the liability of the other driver. Presuming the police see the facts as you do you will be able to rely on the police report as a basis for your personal injury claim.

An estimate of the amount of compensation for your injuries is impossible to determine at this time. The amount and type of injuries and resulting medical bills will weigh heavily in determining your compensation.

The above is general information. Laws change frequently, and across jurisdictions. You should get a personalized case evaluation from an attorney licensed in your state. Find a local attorney to give you a free case review here, or call (888) 647-2490.

Best of luck,

Judge Calisi

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