When you’re involved in a car accident, figuring out who was at fault for causing the collision will be pivotal to determining who is responsible for compensating you for your accident-related injuries and losses. Although establishing liability can be pretty straightforward in some cases (like when a drunk driver hits another vehicle), in others, it can be far more complicated to determine fault.
To help accident victims start this process – and know what to look out for, below, we’ll reveal some of the main things that can be crucial to proving liability following car accidents.
Figure Out Who’s At Fault for a Collision by Reviewing…
The police report for the collision – Police reports can include important details regarding law enforcement officials’ investigation for the accident. For instance, a police report can indicate if one driver broke any traffic laws, such as running a red light or driving the wrong way down a street (and, in doing so, causing a collision). Police reports can also point out other important information, such as whether one driver may have been intoxicated, may have admitted to causing the collision or may not have had a valid license. Such info can be important to proving liability following a traffic accident.
- Pictures of the wreckage – If you or someone else was able to take photos of the aftermath of the collision, these pictures can also prove to be crucial in establishing fault. This is because pictures may be able to clearly show where the point of impact was, what other wreckage there was and what additional factors may have contributed to the collision (such as, for instance, poor weather or road conditions).
- Witnesses’ accounts – Witnesses, including occupants in your vehicle or others on the road who were not involved in the collision, can provide important evidence when it comes to liability for a collision. If you were not able to collect the names and contact info for possible witnesses to the collision, refer to the police report (as it can include this info).
- Opinions from experts – In situations where establishing liability may be more complex (because the evidence may be unclear or potentially conflicting), retaining expert witnesses (like accident reconstructionists) can be another helpful way to establish liability. Such experts can more closely examine things like, for instance, tire tread marks on roadways, providing more insight as to who was likely at fault for a collision.
- Other evidence – Depending on the nature of the collision and the involved parties, there may be other sources of evidence that can be helpful to proving fault. For instance, if a collision involved a commercial truck, checking out the truckers’ status logs or even the trucking company’s records can provide important evidence regarding liability. Or, if a collision involved vehicle equipment failures, further investigation into potentially defective vehicle equipment may be necessary.
Contact a Littleton Car Accident Lawyer at Bahr, Kreidle & Flicker
When you need help establishing fault in and getting compensation following an auto wreck, contact a Littleton car accident lawyer at Bahr, Kreidle & Flicker. Since 1983, we have been fighting on behalf of injured people and aggressively standing up against injustice, inequality and intolerance.
To set up a meeting with one of our experienced attorneys today, call us at (303) 794-7422 or email us using the contact form on this page.
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