After a car accident, you may be as frustrated and upset as you are disoriented and physically injured. First and foremost, getting treatments for your injuries should be a primary concern following a collision.
When, however, your health has stabilized/is no longer in danger, figuring out who is responsible for having caused the collision will be the next important thing to do. This is because determining who the at-fault party is can help you figure out who is likely responsible for repaying you for your medical bills and other accident-related losses.
Fault Determinations for Traffic Accidents: Things to Review
In investigating auto wrecks and trying to determine who was primarily to blame for causing them, review:
The accident report written by police – Accident reports written by law enforcement officials will generally include a lot of important information regarding a collision.
In addition to documenting the facts of the accident (such as when and where the accident occurred, as well as who else was involved in the collision), these reports can also include copy’s official determinations regarding whether criminal negligence (such as violating traffic laws, drunk driving etc.) may also have been factors in a collision. In other words, cops can do a lot of the investigating for you, so check out their reports to get a head start on liability determinations.
- The pictures of the collision – If available, photographs of the aftermath of collisions can also provide important evidence when it comes to pinpointing who may have been to blame for accidents. As you look at accident photos, try to look for things like where the point of impact most likely was, whether there are things like tread marks on the street and whether stationary objects were involved in the collision. Such details can provide concrete evidence of fault following traffic accidents.
- Witnesses’ statements – If there were witnesses to a collision, be sure to review what they have had to say regarding what they saw before, during and possibly after the accident. This is because witnesses may be able to add further information regarding an at-fault motorist’s driving behavior prior to the collision, who should have had the right of way in a given situation, etc.
- Evidence from professionals – As you do things like have your vehicle checked out after an accident (or seeing a doctor after an accident), be sure to check out the reports/diagnoses issued by these professionals, as this too can help verify fault in collisions.
Contact 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 a Denver car accident lawyer at the Cederberg Law Firm to find out more about your best options for financial recovery.
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