How is Fault Determined in Car Accident Cases?
Posted on behalf of Lynch Law Firm on Nov 17, 2016 in Car Accidents News
In automobile accident cases, insurers want to know who was at fault for the collision before they issue payment for your claim. In many instances, your word isn’t enough for them – they want to see evidence supporting your claim.
If you find yourself in such a situation, look to these sources to find evidence that supports who is at fault in the accident.
- Police Reports: If a police report was made at the accident scene, obtain a copy from the responding law enforcement agency. The report typically will contain information about any traffic violations that were committed and contributed to the accident. The officer’s account may point to which driver exhibited negligent behavior and any citations which were issued.
- Traffic Laws: Look to your state’s traffic laws or vehicle code to help support which party is at fault. Finding laws that apply to your accident may support your claim to insurers.
- No-Doubt Liability Accidents: In certain types of accidents, insurers rarely dispute that the other driver was at fault. Be sure to note if you were in one of these types of accidents: a rear-end collision or a left turn collision. Rear-end accidents are most always the fault of the driver with front-end damage to their vehicle. In left turn accidents, the driver making the left turn is most always at fault.
Hiring an Accident Attorney
Hiring an experienced car accident attorney will help prove your claim to insurers. Your attorney will conduct the necessary investigations to prove who was at fault for the accident. They will seek evidence to support your claim and speak directly with the insurer. If errors exist on the accident report, your attorney will work to dispute the report and have it amended to reflect the truth.
The Lynch Law Firm will help you establish fault in your automobile accident case, and recover maximized compensation from the insurance company for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
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