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How to Determine Who Is at Fault in a Car Accident

If you have ever been in a car accident, the chances are that you have some questions about blame and liability. You might be wondering if the other driver is to be blamed or if you could sue them in response. There are many factors to consider when determining who is at fault for a car accident, including the law and how big of an impact it will have on one’s insurance premiums. This post covers all of these factors so that you can better understand your options in the future.

Consider Traffic Violations

If someone sees the other driver break any traffic laws, such as a stop sign or red light, this can be used to help prove that they were at fault in the accident. Traffic violations prove that one was negligent, reckless, or distracted while driving. It could lead to a rise in insurance premiums and even an increase in the total cost of car repairs.

Gather Evidence

One of the best ways to determine who was at fault in a car accident is by collecting as much evidence as possible. If someone was involved in an accident while distracted, they would want to start documenting everything they can.

Engage Witnesses

If you have questions about liability, some of the best places to get answers are from the other party’s passengers. Witnesses may also include pedestrians who know how the accident occurred and who is at fault.

Get a Car Accident Lawyer on Board

If you were injured in a car accident and want to get compensation for your injuries, you should seek out a qualified car accident lawyer. They can help you evaluate the situation and offer advice on the next steps.

Take Note if the Other Driver Was Negligent

If you have been injured in a car accident, you will want to determine if the other driver was negligent. You would need to look at the facts and decide based on a preponderance of the evidence.

Determining who is at fault in a car accident can seem overwhelming. There are so many different factors that can affect the case that it is hard to say who was at fault. By taking copious notes and seeing if there were any traffic violations, you should better understand what caused your injury. You can better understand how serious your injury is and how you should proceed with the accident legally.

Author information: Emma Sturgis is a freelance writer based out of Boston, MA. She writes most often on health and education. When not writing, she enjoys reading and watching film noir. Say hi on Twitter @EmmaSturgis2.

Bob Kraft

I am a Dallas, Texas lawyer who has had the privilege of helping thousands of clients since 1971 in the areas of Personal Injury law and Social Security Disability.

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