How Can You Tell Who Is Responsible In A Car Accident

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In a car accident, it can be difficult to know who hit who. Even if you were entangled in the accident, it may not be clear which vehicle was at fault. There are many factors that go into determining liability and sometimes insurance companies will need to investigate further before they decide as to who is responsible for damages in a car accident

This post explores some of those factors and offers tips on how you can better understand responsibility in an accident.

Police Report

When drivers are in a car accident that causes injury or death, they should report it to the nearest police department right away. If for some reason you can’t make an immediate report (because of injuries), then any passenger involved should do so. Drivers have a responsibility to call the authorities when there is damage to their vehicle and it becomes impossible for them to drive anymore, even if no one gets hurt at all.

The police at the scene of an accident examine their surroundings. They look for clues on the road, check out how much damage was done to vehicles, and what direction they were going in or coming from; anything that might help them understand why a collision occurred.

Did you know the police will try and determine if the other driver is at fault in an accident? 

They could ask questions like, “did they run a red light or merge without looking over their shoulder?” There are many ways to cause accidents so drivers need to stay alert on the road!

Surveillance Cameras

Video footage is a powerful tool specifically when the accident is caught on camera. Some cameras at intersections and in police cars can catch everything that happens, including collisions between vehicles or pedestrians. Some traffic cameras are so high up they capture what’s happening all around it as well as some crashes from nearby buildings if there happen to be any within range.

Dash cameras and store cameras are much more reliable at capturing any footage than intersection or traffic cameras as they give you supporting evidence at your fingertips. Having a dash camera can also reduce your car insurance premiums depending on the policy and insurance company. If the driver of a vehicle refuses to admit responsibility, an accident victim’s lawyer may introduce video footage from the scene that shows who caused it. Furthermore, if a police officer or camera on a nearby building caught any visuals of accidents at hand, they can also be introduced as evidence in court by victims’ lawyers on behalf of their clients.

After a car accident, you want to have the right legal team on your side. For more information about what to do after an incident like this, you can talk to our personal injury lawyers here at Southwest Personal Injury Law. Call us today at (702) 600-3200 for a free consultation.

Eyewitness Testimony

Eyewitnesses can provide great insight into car accidents. For example, the drivers involved in the accident could testify about what happened at the scene of a crash. Other potential eyewitnesses include passengers, pedestrians, bystanders, and other drivers not involved with an incident who may have seen it happen or been told by others on-site that something bad had occurred there before their arrival.

Motor vehicle accidents are often a contentious issue, which is why it’s even more important to have an unbiased and credible witness. Independent witnesses who don’t know any of the parties involved can be incredibly helpful in cases that go to trial because they won’t feel like one side or the other owes them anything and they are typically viewed as unbiased.

Disclaimer: This is not meant to be legitimate legal counsel, and you should always consult your lawyer before taking any action.

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