Determining fault in a car accident is very important for a number of reasons. The primary reason is that the person at fault will be liable for the costs related to the accident. Fortunately, there are a number of ways that fault can be determined and you need to know what they are so you are prepared for any accidents you might be in.
How To Prove Fault
Fault will need to be proven with evidence. This evidence can vary from pictures of the accident scene to eyewitness testimony to police reports. In most car accidents, fault does not have to be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. If you are going to sue someone who you were in an accident with, you will simply need to show clear and convincing evidence of fault.
Typical Fault Patterns
There are many states that have typical fault patterns which place fault on a certain individual in certain car accidents. If you are in a rear-end collision, most states will place the fault on the driver of the last car. If there are multiple cars involved in a rear-end collision, each car that hit another will be considered at fault and will be responsible for the accident.
Other Methods To Determine Fault
If the accident is not a rear-end collision, it can be harder to determine who is at fault. In most cases, you will need to look at the driving laws of the state for guidance on determining fault. If the accident occurred when one car was performing a left turn, you should check to see if the light were in that driver’s favor. If they were, then the other car will be at fault because they should not have been traveling through the intersection. Additionally, the driver that is speeding will generally be the one who is found to be at fault for an accident.
Contact a Car Accident Attorney
The attorneys at The Mimi Injury Lawyers are well versed in car accident law. Contact one of our attorneys today to schedule a free consultation.