Liability for a Side Impact Car Accident in Staten Island, New York
Frank J. Dito, Jr.
Liability in a side impact car accident can be determined usually by making sure you collect the correct information at the scene of an accident for your insurance company. This information should include any evidence that can help prove who was at fault for the side impact car accident such as photos of where the points of impact are on the car, the positions of the car at the time of the accident, a police report, statements from any witnesses, and any other supporting information you believe could be helpful. Determining who is at fault for a side impact car accident can sometimes be simple but other times may be complicated depending on how the accident occurred.
Side impact car accidents sometimes occur when a car pulls out to turn in front of another car traveling in the opposite direction, if a car runs a red light or stop sign or can occur if someone tries to pass someone while they are turning. Liability can usually be determined based on your specific situation. There are certain things that insurance companies and police officers look for when an accident occurs which will help point to who is at fault for the accident. It is also important to remember that one person alone may not solely be at fault for an accident. Sometimes car insurance companies assign fault in percentages to each party. New York car accident law runs under a system called comparative fault. Comparative fault allows a percentage to be assigned to each party involved in the accident ranging from 0% to 100%. Based on the amount of fault assigned to you will determine quite a few different things including the amount you can receive if you are injured and the amount of your deductible you may be able to recover.
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