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One of the most important things you can do to get the compensation you deserve after a car accident is learn how to prove fault. Even if it is clear to you that the other driver was responsible for the accident, there are several factors that influence how the court will find fault in your case. Here are some tips that can help you win a car accident case.
Get a Copy of the Police Report
Police are required to make a report of every accident that they visit. While the officer is at the scene of the accident, it is the perfect time to ask them about how to obtain a copy of the police report for your case. A police report can offer valuable impartial evidence in court that the accident was the fault of the other driver.
Factors that an officer will consider to assess fault in an auto accident include skid marks on the road that may indicate a driver was speeding and whether any driver involved may have violated any traffic laws that contributed to the accident. In addition to providing solid proof that you were not at fault, insurance companies will often work your case more quickly if you have a copy of the police report.
Rear-End and Left-Turn Collisions
The location of the damage on the vehicles involved in an accident can have a major impact on which driver was at fault. You will almost never be held at fault if your vehicle was rear-ended, as it is fairly obvious that the other driver ran into you. Your compensation may be reduced, however, if the reason the driver rear-ended you was due in part to your own carelessness, such as if you had a tail light out.
If a car is struck during a left-turn through an intersection, the driver who was turning left will usually be held at fault. Drivers who are going straight through an intersection have the right-of-way, so it is likely that the turning vehicle pulled in front of the other car at the wrong time. In certain cases, such as when the car driving straight through the intersection ran a red light, the turning vehicle may not be at fault.
Proving fault after a car accident is not difficult if you understand the factors that will be considered in court. Use these tips to maximize your chances of winning your case.
Consult an attorney office, such as Jacobs & Barney LLC, to get help with your car accident claim.