Proving the Fault of Other Drivers in Car Accident Cases
Did you know that the leading cause of work-related deaths in America was motor vehicle accidents? These accidents were mostly caused by distracted driving, intoxicated drivers, speeding, and running traffic signals. In a nutshell, all these accidents resulted from negligence by the other party.
Other factors that result in car accidents include rain, vehicle defects, driving at night, and recklessness. When you are involved in a car accident caused by somebody else, it is within your rights to sue for damages. The success of your case will depend on how well you can prove the other driver’s fault.
What Is Negligence?
In most car accident cases, liability claims will revolve around negligence. Negligence is an act of carelessness that causes harm to a third party. A court of law can hold you negligent if you acted in a manner that could have been avoided.
For example, let us assume that you are driving beyond the speed limit, and in the process, you cause an accident. If it is established that the accident could have been avoided if you drove within the speed limit, the court will find you negligent.
How to Prove Fault of Other Drivers
The Police Report
One of the greatest assets you can use to prove other people were at fault is a police report. When an accident happens, it is essential always to notify the police so that they show up at the scene and create an official statement.
A police report is crucial because it is an official recollection of an accident. The information is also important because most insurance companies will require it to issue a liability report.
Fault in Rear-End Accidents
When it comes to rear-end accidents, the car that hit you is probably at fault. This is because the car behind you is expected to leave enough room for an emergency. However, you must understand that if the vehicle that hit you was pushed by a car behind it, the third-party driver can be sued. There are some instances in which you could be found culpable. For example, if your car had no brake lights.
Fault During Left-Turn Collisions
Fault during left-turn collisions will depend on the circumstances. For example, if the accident resulted from you failing to give right-of-way at an intersection, you are most likely at fault. If the vehicle at the intersection did not brake when the lights turned red, the driver is to blame.
Get in Touch with a Qualified Car Accident Attorney
If you have been involved in a car accident, do not hesitate to contact Spencer Calahan Injury Lawyers at 225-387-2323. We have years of experience dealing with car accident cases and collecting evidence. When we work together, you are assured of the best possible outcome for your case.