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Our city has a booming economy that is growing quickly. With all growth comes growing pains. With the increase of people comes an increase in accidents and before you know it you could find yourself on the wrong side of one. If you ever do find yourself in that difficult situation, the first thing to do is establish fault. The person who is at fault will carry the burden of liability, they are also the person who will experience the increase in premiums.
After a car or truck accident, just how do you establish fault? I have a few tips that might help you out.
1. What Happened Before the Accident? If you have been rear-ended, then more than likely the other driver is at fault, but what about other scenarios? It can be difficult to determine fault, but if the other driver was swerving, speeding, or using their cell phone while they were driving, that could be a clear indicator of fault. If you saw the other driver doing any of these things before a car accident, then notify the officer on the scene immediately. If not, then make sure you note the activity you saw them involved in and give it to your attorney when you meet with them.
2. Are There Any Witnesses? If you are lucky, there were people who saw what transpired before your cars collided. They might have seen the other driver engaged in reckless activities, and may be willing to speak out on your behalf. Make sure you get a phone number and email address where they can be reached in case you need them to make a statement. This will be very helpful in arguing your case against the insurance company.
3. Was the Driver Ticketed? If the other driver was written a ticket by an officer on the scene, then the other person violated a traffic law. This violation could be what led to the accident. The officer might have even named the other driver at fault on the ticket, so make sure you have all of that information to present to your attorney. If there was no officer present, then notate if you saw the other driver violate any laws.
4. How Did the Other Driver React? The moments after an accident are jarring, and the other driver may admit that they were at fault without realizing it. If they comment that they didn’t see you or apologize then they are admitting fault, and you should note exactly what they said and at exactly what time. Taking the necessary action could make the difference between dealing with an insurance increase.
Regardless of who is at fault, you need to contact a lawyer as soon as possible after the accident. Your lawyer will make sure that all of your questions are answered, and that you aren’t blindsided into saying something you wish you hadn’t by the insurance company. Contact our experienced personal injury lawyers today, we will fight for your rights and make sure that you get the car accident settlement you deserve.