How do I know who’s at fault in a car accident?
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How do I know who’s at fault in a car accident?

On Behalf of | Aug 5, 2022 | Personal Injury/Auto Accidents |

Car accidents often happen incredibly quickly. You may have no idea who caused the accident at the moment. This is why it is often advisable not to admit fault at the scene, even if you think that you caused it. You simply don’t have all the details.

But how do you determine who was at fault? If you’ve been injured in the crash and the other driver is the one who caused it, you likely want to seek compensation for your medical bills and other costs that you wouldn’t have without that accident. But you have to be able to show that they are responsible for these costs.

The police report

First and foremost, it’s wise to get your hands on a copy of the police report. Police officers will sometimes use crash reconstruction teams to determine who they believe caused the accident. This type of evidence is very strong in court and can help paint a picture of what occurred to those who weren’t there.

Taking photographs

Speaking of pictures, it’s also important to take photos after a crash, if you’re able to do so. These first-hand pictures that show the street design, the damage to the vehicles and where they are situated on the road can really help to show who may have broken a traffic law. It could be clear that the other person must have run a red light or a stop sign, for example, establishing fault.

Negligence and recklessness

There are some accidents that are caused intentionally, but most of them happen due to negligence or recklessness. The other person isn’t at fault because they tried to cause the crash. They’re at fault because they were so careless and reckless that they should’ve known they were going to cause an accident, or they were so negligent that they made a mistake that should not have been made. These are the main levels of fault used during a civil court case.

If you have been injured, you need to know exactly what legal steps to take after the crash.


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