Resuming How to Determine Fault after Car Accidents: 5 Steps (Pt. 1), here, we will continue pointing out the steps you can take to figure out who may be to blame for causing a traffic accident.
More Steps to Follow to Determine Fault after Car Accidents
Step 2 – Evaluate whether the collision was caused by one vehicle rear-ending or making a left-hand turn into another vehicle.
Generally, when collisions involve rear-end or left-hand turn accidents, the driver in the vehicle that was behind or that was making the left turn will be considered to be at fault in the accident. There can, however, be some exceptions to this rule.
So, if you were involved in a rear-end collision or a left-hand turn accident and were in the vehicle that was behind or making the left turn, it can be important to speak to an attorney about your case and potential liability.
Step 3 – Assess whether another motorist was otherwise negligent immediately prior to the collision.
In some cases, motor vehicle accidents will be the result of a motorist’s impaired or distracted state, rather than of a specific moving violation. For instance, the following are examples of how motorists may be otherwise negligent and, in doing so, cause (and be at fault for) car accidents:
- Drunk driving – In the event that another driver in your accident is arrested immediately following the collision for being drunk (or impaired by drugs), making a determination about fault in the collision can be relatively easy. Here, it’s also critical to point out that criminal DUI cases can be helpful in bolstering civil car accident cases when drunk driving may have been involved.
- Driving while distracted – Pinpointing when drivers may have been texting or otherwise distracted before an accident can be trickier than noting when drivers may have been drunk or impaired. Here, it can be important to subpoena other motorists’ cellphone records and talk to involved witnesses to see if distracted driving may have been at play in causing the collision.
For the final steps to take to determine fault after car accidents, be sure to check out the conclusion to this blog series that will be published soon!
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