After motor vehicle accidents occur, treating the accident victims and figuring out who was at fault for causing the accident will typically be of primary concern to the involved parties. However, while getting medical treatment will be critical to injured people’s physical recovery, determining who was at fault for causing the collision will be essential to victim’s financial recovery, as the at-fault party (or parties, depending on the case) will generally be responsible for compensating the car accident victims.
In this blog series, we will reveal the five general steps that can be followed to determine liability in car accidents. We would like to note, however, before starting this discussion that:
- Not all motor vehicle collision cases are clear-cut, meaning it’s commonly the case that more than one motorist or party may be responsible for causing accidents.
- People injured in car accidents can readily obtain more specific information about their best options for financial recovery by contacting a trusted Denver car accident lawyer at the Cederberg Law Firm.
How to Determine Fault after Car Accidents: Here’s What You Should Know
Step 1 – Figure out if any motorist violated a traffic law.
Was your traffic accident caused by another driver who ran a red light, failed to yield the right-of-way or otherwise violated a traffic law? If so, the fault determination in your car accident claim may be fairly obvious, as the driver who broke the law and caused the collision would be considered to be at fault in the collision.
Here, it’s also critical to note that:
- It could be possible that one driver broke the traffic laws to try to avoid a prior collision with some other motorists who broke the traffic laws. For instance, one driver may fail to yield the right-of-way to others because he is trying to avoid an accident with another vehicle that ran a red light.
- If you were also breaking a traffic law at the time of the collision, the fault in the accident could be divided between you and another motorist, with insurers assigning some percentage of the liability to you (and some percentage to the other driver, based on the details of the accident).
- Proving that another driver was more at fault in causing the accident can be key to getting compensation if you were partially to blame for the collision.
For our continued discussion regarding how to determine fault after car accidents, don’t miss the upcoming second and third parts of this blog series.
You Can Count on a Denver Car Accident Lawyer at the Cederberg Law Firm
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident – or if you have lost a loved one in a motor vehicle accident, contact an experienced Denver car accident lawyer at the Cederberg Law Firm to find out more about your best options for financial recovery. For more than 35 years, our esteemed legal professionals have been successful at securing results and compensation for people who have been seriously injured in car accidents and other types of traffic accidents.
To meet with us at no cost or obligation to you, call us at 303-499-0449 or email us using the form at the side of the screen.
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