How Crash Type Can Indicate Fault
After a serious car accident, determining the cause of your accident can make a big difference in your claim and the damages you’re able to recover. But how do you determine fault following your accident?
If you’re unsure what evidence to use that indicates fault, the type of crash may help you determine who’s at fault. Here are a few common types of car accidents and how you can use that information to determine who’s at fault for your injuries.
Head on Collisions
Head-on collisions can be dangerous, and they can even turn deadly in an instant.
The liability usually lands with the driver who crossed over into the oncoming traffic. If you’ve been hit head-on by another driver who was in your lane, not theirs; the fault would be theirs. If you have entered the other lane and hit another driver head-on, this would be your fault.
Because of this, it’s important to gather evidence for your claim as soon as possible. That evidence may include skid marks on either side of the road, damage to objects in the median, and video footage of the accident.
The person at fault for intersection accidents is generally the one who ran the red light or stop sign. However, at times, low visibility in an intersection can put the liability on the city or town, rather than on the driver.
If you’re hurt in an accident because a driver ran a stop sign, the damage to your car may indicate fault. For example, they may have T-boned you as you were crossing the intersection. Images of anything that would reduce visibility, like trees or bushes, can help you place the fault on the government agency responsible for keeping the roads safe.
Distracted Driving Accidents
When someone is driving distracted, they may leave you seriously injured suddenly in a devastating accident. These accidents often happen because the driver is too focused on adjusting the radio, checking their navigation apps, texting, or eating behind the wheel.
To help indicate fault, checking the other car for signs of distracted driving can help you recover the compensation you’re due. Spilled food, for example, may indicate they were eating rather than focusing on the road.
Driving Under the Influence
Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is one of the most dangerous ways a driver can be careless behind the wheel. Fortunately, you may have grounds for a lawsuit against them based on evidence that indicates the drunk driver was at fault at the scene.
Typically, if a driver is suspected of driving drunk, the police will perform a sobriety check. If that driver is over the legal limit, that can indicate fault quickly and easily for your lawsuit.
Speak with a Florida Accident Attorney
When you’re injured in a car accident, determining fault isn’t always easy to do. In some cases, you may need someone who can help you identify the right evidence for your claim to help you recover. If you’re struggling to get answers, the lawyers at The Law Offices of Casey D. Shomo can help.
When you’re ready to take action, reach out for a free consultation. Call 561-659-6366 or fill out the following online contact form to get the answers you need when you’re hurt in an accident.