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How To Prove Fault After a Car Accident
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), an estimated 32,675 people died in automobile accidents in 2014. This does not include the hundreds of thousands of injuries suffered in these types of accidents. Cars and other types of automobiles are an integral part of our lives. Unfortunately, so are the accidents they cause.
If you or a loved one was injured in an automobile accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. However, in order to obtain the full monetary damages that you deserve, you need to first prove that the other party caused the accident. Proving fault may not be as easy as most car accident victims think, especially if the accident involves a complex set of facts.
3 Important Steps in Proving Fault
After an auto accident, proving fault can be a challenging task. You can take several important steps to help your car accident attorney to speed up the process and strengthen your personal injury case in the eyes of the liable party’s insurance company. These steps include:
- Providing details facts of the accident. In order to determine who actually caused the accident, your attorney will need as many detailed facts as possible. In order to gather the specific facts, you should make note of the time, date, road conditions, and weather conditions at the time of the accident. You should also obtain pertinent information for all of the parties involved in the accident, including name, telephone number, address, license plate, and driver’s license and insurance information. It is also important to obtain the contact information for any individuals who may have witnessed the accident. Additionally, if possible, you should take pictures of the scene, including pictures of all vehicles involved in the accident and any skid marks left on the road.
- Obtain the police report. Police reports are generally an important part of proving fault. These reports may contain valuable information and details that you or the other parties may not have been able to obtain at the time of the accident. Police reports also contain the officer’s opinion if any traffic laws were violated and who caused the accident.
- Review your state’s traffic laws. You and your attorney should review your state’s traffic laws for any rules that might apply to your accident. For instance, the other party may have violated a speeding law that will attribute to him or her causing the accident.
Nevertheless, proving fault in a car accident can be a complicated task that generally requires the assistance of an experienced car accident attorney. As such, it is in your best interest to immediately consult with an attorney to help you handle your claim.
For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with New Jersey car accident lawyer Dan Matrafajlo, please call the Law Offices of Dan T. Matrafajlo at (908) 248-4404.