Frank J. Dito, Jr.
Being involved in a car accident can be scary no matter who you are. Whether you are a passenger, driver or pedestrian you probably have a million questions going through your mind about the car accident. One of those questions may be "Who is at fault for the car accident?". Figuring out who is liable for injuries and damages caused by a car accident can be tricky sometimes. Here are some ways that can help you determine who is liable in the car accident:
- Take a look at the police report - After a motor vehicle accident you will be given instructions on which police department you need to go to in order to obtain a copy of your police report if the police were present at the scene of the accident. The police report will contain all information about the accident scene including your information, the other driver's information and a description of the car accident including points on which the cars were damaged. Sometimes the police report will be all an insurance company or injury attorney need to determine who is at fault in an accident. Often you may be able to get an idea of who is at fault just by looking through the police report.
- Research traffic laws for your state - If you live in the State of New York you will want to research the traffic laws in New York to help determine if the other party or yourself were at fault for the car accident. This is something that a New York injury lawyer will be able to determine if you decide to hire a personal injury lawyer for your car accident case. Speaking to a lawyer may sometimes be the easiest way to find out what the laws in your state are and if you are liable or not but if you are curious and want to do some research of your own this is one thing that will help you determine if you are or are not at fault for the accident.
- What was the circumstance that caused the accident - Sometimes you can figure out who will be at fault for an accident by looking at how the accident occurred. There are certain situations where the person is at fault 99% of the time in those type of accidents. Some types of situations where the person is almost always liable for an accident is when they are making a left turn or if you rear end someone. There are very few situations in which the outcomes of these situations come out to be the other parties fault but if sufficient substantial evidence is found it may change the decision and cause the other party to be at fault. One situation in which the party that would normally be at fault wouldn't be is if the other party was intoxicated or under the influence of drugs.
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