When Is A Driver At Fault In A Car Accident?
- March 5, 2017
Unfortunately, car accidents happen. People can become distracted or even reckless behind the wheel. Sometimes, an accident can occur simply because you didn’t react quickly enough. Whatever the case, it is important to prove fault in any vehicle accident, especially when a person or multiple people have been injured and damage was done to cars and other property. How do you know when a driver is at fault in a car accident?
State Traffic Laws
State traffic laws, also referred to as the “vehicle code,” are important when it comes to proving another driver to be at fault for a car accident. Knowing the laws in your state or area is mandatory so that you can back up your claim if you sue the other driver for damages. You can obtain a “Rules of the Road” publication from your local DMV and find other laws online at state government websites.
Most of the time, in an accident in which a driver didn’t abide by the traffic laws, it’s obvious who is at fault. If a person runs a red light or stop sign or if they travel at too high a speed in a zone that has a specific speed limit in place, they would be considered at fault for a car accident. Additionally, operating a vehicle recklessly in general, such as weaving in and out of lanes, not signaling when switching lanes or passing another vehicle from the right is another sign that a driver would be at fault if a collision occurred.
Rear End Collisions
Tailgating is another common problem for many drivers. If someone is riding too close to another car from behind, there is more likelihood of actually hitting the vehicle, especially if there is a sudden stop due to a stop sign or red light. This is also known as a rear end car accident, which is one of the most common types of accidents on the road. Unless a vehicle suddenly and inexplicably stops when there are no red lights or stop signs, it is typically the fault of the driver traveling behind who is at fault.
Left Turn Collisions
Left turn collisions are similar to rear end accidents in that they are almost always the fault of the driver making the turn. Cars traveling straight ahead have the right of way first, which means that vehicles turning have to yield to them before proceeding.
No matter what the situation that led up to a car accident, there are a number of ways to prove that a particular driver is at fault. Whether it was a mistake or negligence, proof of fault is necessary when you are injured and need compensation for your medical bills and when your vehicle is damaged and you need the insurance company to cover any repairs needed.
Police reports are essential in proving fault in any accident. If police officers show up to the scene of the accident, they will make an official report of it. Usually, this happens when people are injured following an accident, but police frequently stop at accidents that don’t result in injury as well. If you are involved in an accident and officers do show up at the scene, ask an officer how you can obtain a copy the police report after it’s filed.
Even if no police officers show up at the scene after an accident, you can still get a copy of the police report. You can report the accident at your local or nearest police station. Investigators frequently conduct their own investigation of accidents after the report is filed. You can get a copy of the report.
If you have suffered an injury following a car accident, you need the help of a skilled personal injury attorney to get you the compensation you deserve. Contact our law office at your earliest convenience for assistance.