Assessing who has been at fault during an accident does not always happen easily. Many factors come into play during an accident, particularly if others instigated the incident or environmental conditions played a role. An attorney can prove invaluable in evaluating police reports, eyewitness accounts, and nuances in insurance and the law itself.
As hard as it may be in the moments after an accident remaining calm and making note of comments, positions of the vehicles, and anything you remember right before the car accident can make a difference in determining who is at fault. It can also help you receive full insurance compensation for any injuries when filing a claim.
Determining who is to blame
In many accidents, determining who is at fault is not always easy. Usually both drivers could have done something to avoid the accident. You should always get the officers name that gets to the scene. Read the police report if you can. A police report often becomes the tool to start evaluating fault. Often a little item can make a huge difference in determining blame.
Do not automatically accept guilt
Even if you believe you are 100% at fault do not say so publically. The law references an inadvertent admission of guilt as an admission of guilt. Even innocently saying, “I am sorry for…” can be construed as an admission of fault.
Building a solid case for fault often results in a settlement. Realize that a combination of witness opinions, expert opinions, your personal testimony and various items in assessing car accidents will determine fault. Your job needs to be objectively assessing the accident in the moments immediately following and rushing to get an attorney.
Call Frank Miranda today to get an aggressive attorney on your side.