After a car accident involving more than one vehicle, the tension is high. One has to assess who is at fault and whether or not to take legal action. Consequences abound. When proving fault in a car accident, one should always consult these four materials.
If you ever find yourself in this circumstance, you should always remember to record the scene and exchange information with the other driver. Take pictures or video of the damage. Exchange information such as the driver’s name, number, address, vehicle insurance, and license number. If there are any witnesses, ask for their contact information as well. You may also want to write an account of what happened as soon as you can.
Especially if someone was hurt or the car was severely damaged, you will want to call the police. The police will make a written accident report describing the type of accident it was. It could be in more or less detail, such as “negligent driving” or “rear-end collision.” One can obtain a copy of the report from the local police department for insurance and legal purposes.
Local Traffic Laws
To prove who was at fault for the car accident, one can also look at local traffic laws. Did anyone neglect the traffic rules? If someone was careless or reckless in their behavior, their actions may have caused the accident. You can look to your state’s “Vehicle Code” for reference.
Lastly, the law typically is lenient toward one person or another depending on the type of accident it was. Rear-end collisions, by logic, usually happen because the back driver ran into the one in front. The back driver should always have enough control to stop the vehicle when necessary. With one car damaged in the back and one in the front, it’s fairly easy to tell what happened. However, the front driver could also be negligent in that they braked suddenly or did not have working taillights.
Meanwhile, left-turn accidents are usually the fault of the left-turning driver, who is responsible to ensure the coast is clear before moving. Speeding, distracted driving, and crossing a red light are all potential issues involved. Even here, though, there could be an exception to the rule.
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