Determining Fault in a Motor Vehicle Accident

In a motor vehicle accident, it’s crucial to determine who’s at fault. That’s because the party responsible for causing the crash is also responsible to pay for any property damage or medical care. However, sometimes it’s not readily clear who’s to blame. Or, you may have a situation where both drivers claim it was the other one’s fault. What then? 

Let’s look at some ways you can piece together who’s at fault. 

1. Police Report 

One of the most valuable forms of evidence is the police report. Were any citations issued? Did the police name an at-fault driver? Make sure to get a copy of this report as it may help your case. 

2. Witness Testimony 

Having witnesses can be a great help determining fault. Most witnesses are objective, third-party eyes and ears to what happened. Ask any witnesses if they would be able to make a statement to the on-scene police and/or provide their contact information. 

3. Video Footage 

Make sure to save any vital dashcam footage of the accident. No dashcam? Sometimes, there are cameras at key intersections or videos in front of businesses that face the street. If your crash happened in an accident, you might approach local residents to see if their Ring or other security video picked up the incident. 

4. Auto Repair Mechanic 

Sometimes the damage to your vehicle can tell a story. Your mechanic may be able to key in on certain clues such as where your car was struck, and with how much force. 

5. The Scene of the Accident 

Make sure to take ample pictures of the accident scene. There may be clues hidden there, too. For instance, were their skid marks, or none at all? What story does the position and damage of the vehicles tell? Are there any hazards present? 

6. Car Accident Attorney 

If things still aren’t clear, or are getting contentious, don’t hesitate to reach out to a skilled car accident attorney. He or she may have methods for obtaining evidence you’d not thought of. Also, an attorney may have access to experts and resources aimed at determining fault. 

Want to talk to an attorney, but are worried about the cost or obligation? Don’t be. It’s free to speak with one of our experienced Ladenburg Law attorneys. We’ll give you an honest assessment of your situation and explain your legal rights. If we choose to work together, you’ll only pay us if we’re able to win you a settlement. To get started, please call us at (253) 272-5226.

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Angela Russell
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