Auto accidents are endlessly stressful. They cause significant damage to cars, and often injure drivers, passengers, and even innocent bystanders. Also, of course, car accidents are just plain scary. Nobody wants to be involved in a collision, and nothing good ever comes out of these incidents. Figuring out who was at fault in a car accident is yet another stressful process that results from these unfortunate events, and this can become its own difficulty. Your insurance companies need to know who caused, or could have prevented, the collision. And in the event of a court case, you may need to defend yourself against prosecution. You may find yourself needing to prove fault.
There are some car accidents that are basically no doubt situations. If you’ve been rear ended, you will almost never be found at fault and the collision will be considered the responsibility of the other driver. According to traffic law, all drivers should maintain a speed and distance from other vehicles that allows for safe braking in the event of an emergency. Likewise, if you’ve been in a collision in which you were struck by a left turning driver while proceeding straight, the turning driver will almost always be held at fault. The major exception to this rule of thumb comes into play if you were driving over the speed limit.
A police report should be filed after any car accident. If you are ever involved in a car accident that damages your vehicle or causes an injury, don’t neglect to have officers on the scene. Without a police report, the events of a collision are mostly considered hearsay unless there is irrefutable evidence of fault. Getting hold police reports filed by the responding officers can benefit you greatly if you should ever need to defend yourself or prove fault. In many cases, officers will include their opinions about fault in these reports which can be valuable testimony.
Become a cornucopia of knowledge with regards to local traffic laws. Whether you’ve lived in the same city throughout your whole life or only moved a year ago, there are likely some rules of the road that you’re not exactly clear on. Most drivers know how to handle themselves on the road well enough, and many of the particulars of state traffic laws are not rigidly followed every day. However, in the case of a collision, these particulars become the deciding factors between innocence and guilt. Research state traffic laws. Your case could come down to something as seemingly insignificant as a lane change or a failure to yield. The law is there to preserve order and protect the innocent, so make use of it.
Don’t let yourself become the victim in these scenarios. Car accident injury cases are very common in court, and they often end favoring the driver with the better case. Remember these guidelines to prove fault so that you can absolve yourself from responsibility and not suffer any undue stresses or consequences after an accident.