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How is fault determined after a car accident?

On Behalf of | Jun 13, 2018 | Car Accidents

Many people in the Cary area have been involved in a car accident. No matter how good of a driver a person is, accidents can still occur due to a negligent driver. A car accident can be a serious matter, causing property damage and even physical injuries. So, how is fault determined in a car accident?

It can be obvious to everyone who is at fault for the accident, but there are certain arguments a person can use to make their case stronger. When police come to the scene of an accident, they often write a report. The police report is a document that summarizes what the police officer observed at the accident scene, including the length of skid marks, what traffic tickets were issued and who they thought was at fault. If a person thinks there was a mistake made with the police report, the report can be amended if there are factual errors, such as names or insurance companies. State traffic laws that were broken is another way to prove fault. Rear-end collisions are almost always faulted to the driver who hit the person in front of them. This is also the case in almost all left-turn crashes, where the driver taking a left turn is almost always at fault as they should not be turning into oncoming traffic.

When a person is involved in a car accident they are often frightened. They can also have serious injuries. A legal professional who is skilled in personal injury law may be able to help an accident victim get the justice they deserve. They can visit the accident scene and interview witnesses, review police reports and help determine who is at fault for the accident. Compensation may be available for medical expenses, pain and suffering and other damages.

A car accident can be a life-altering event. It is important to hold negligent drivers responsible for their mistakes.


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