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Proving Who Was at Fault for a Car Accident

Posted on behalf of Stephens, Anderson & Cummings on Nov 15, 2016 in Auto Accidents

drivers after an accidentIf you want to recover compensation in a car accident claim, your attorney will have to prove another driver was at fault for the accident through his or her reckless, negligent actions.

It is usually easy to prove the other driver was at fault for certain types of accidents, including:

  • Rear-end crashes. If a car hits you from behind, it is almost never your fault. Other drivers are supposed to leave enough room in front of their cars to be able to stop and avoid collisions. However, you may bear some liability if your brake lights were out or you were stopped in the middle of the road due to a flat tire.
  • Left-turn collisions. These accidents are almost always caused by the driver making the left turn. In most cases, cars coming straight into the intersection have the right of way. However, you could be at fault if you were speeding through the intersection or running a red light.  

If you were involved in a different type of accident, it could be more difficult to prove the other driver was at fault.

In these situations, a police report can go a long way toward establishing fault. A police report will provide a description of the accident and may even say who was cited for failure to follow the rules of the road.

Police reports may also include statements from witnesses and the police officer’s impressions of the crash. These can be invaluable pieces of information in a car accident claim.

Your attorney can further bolster your claim by citing examples of ways the other driver violated traffic laws. That is why you need an experienced attorney who is familiar with traffic laws and knows how to research and apply them to your claim.

If you were injured in a car crash, contact our skilled Fort Worth auto accident lawyers for a free, no obligation legal consultation. If you have a valid claim, we will aggressively pursue maximum compensation for the damages you have suffered.  

Call Stephens, Anderson & Cummings at (877) 920-9009 for more information.