What You Should Do After a Crash
Crowe & Mulvey, LLP state on their website that millions of people in the country are affected by vehicular accidents every year. In fact, according to the Association for Safe International Road Travel, every year, at least 37,000 people are killed while 2.35 million are injured or disabled in the United States following a car crash.
While an automobile accident is one of the most common causes of personal injury, proving who is at fault is actually difficult to do. There will be plenty of versions of the story including your own, the other party’s, and the witnesses’. In a law court, this dilemma will only thicken the plot and lengthen the legal proceedings. So, if you were involved in a car accident, how do you determine which person is at fault?
The determination of fault differ in each state, but in almost every case, the driver who had violated a traffic law will be more liable after an accident. The citation for violations automatically has a significant bearing for the person at fault. There are, of course, exceptions. When a car cut numerous lanes and caused the cars behind to abruptly stop and crash on each other, the driver of the first car may be cited, but the one who failed to properly stop will be largely at fault.
One tip on how to prove who is at fault for a crash is to collect substantial evidence right after the accident, if possible—it could be in the form of recording the other driver’s comments, or it could be in the form of taking pictures and talking to possible witnesses.