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Determining Fault in Multiple Types of Auto Accidents

How a Car Accident Lawyer Can Help You

Establishing who is at  fault in any type of accident can be extremely challenging, which is why it is essential to have a car wreck lawyer in Los Angeles on your side to get you the legal help you need. Overall, determining who is at fault in an accident is a matter of who was careless or negligent.

Many cases may be common sense in terms of who is at fault, whether it is the driver, cyclist, or pedestrian; however, you may be unaware of what laws were actually violated. When proving who is at fault to your insurance company, it is imperative that you have an attorney on your side to support your conclusion with important evidence.

Below you will find a number of components that are essential in supporting your case.

Police Reports

If you have been injured in any type of accident, it is important that you contact the police so that they can make a written accident report. You can get in contact with your local law enforcement agency to obtain a copy of the accident report.

Police reports may have a statement of the officer’s opinion that will show someone violated a specific traffic law, which was the cause of the accident. Sometimes police reports will even show that the officer issues a citation of some sort. Additionally, the police report may show that someone was negligent.

Regardless of the circumstances, police reports offer great support in proving who was at fault in an accident. Therefore, you should always make sure that a police report was made.

State Traffic Laws

Another credible source of determining fault is in the state laws that govern driving. There is a complete list of laws, which is often referred to as the “Rules of the Road.” This is a list which includes details rules about speed limits, right of way, roadway markings, and more. If you find a rule that is applicable to your accident, your attorney will be able to bring it up when negotiating your insurance claim.

No-Doubt Liability

If the adverse driver is at fault 99% of the time, the insurance company will not likely argue about it.

Read-End Accidents

If you are involved in a read-end accident and someone hits you from behind, it is almost never your fault, regardless of why you came to a stop. One of the rules of the road is that a vehicle is required to be able to stop safely if traffic is stopped ahead of it. If a vehicle is unable to stop safely, then the driver is assumed to not be driving as safely as the person in front of it.

Left-Turn Accidents

If a car is making a left turn, that car is almost always liable if a collision occurs with a car coming straight in the other direction. There may be some exceptions to this rule; however, they are very rare and difficult to prove. The exceptions include the following:

  • The car going straight was traveling over the speed limit.
  • The car going straight went through a red light.
  • The left-turning car began to turn when it was safe to do so; however, something unexpected happened, which caused it to slow down or stop. This reason is particularly extremely difficult to prove, as cars making a left turn must wait until it is completely safe to make a turn.

Contact a Car Crash Attorney in Los Angeles

If you or a loved one was involved in an accident of any kind, it is important to get in contact with an experienced LA injury attorney as soon as possible. The sooner you get in contact with a lawyer, the more likely the evidence in your case will be preserved, which will work in your favor immensely.

Our team at Grey Law has an abundance of experience in handling accidents of all types and will work endlessly to make sure that you get the justice and compensation you are entitled to. We work on a contingency-fee basis, which means that you will not have to pay a thing unless we win your case.

To get in contact with an experienced Los Angeles personal injury attorney, feel free to contact us at Grey Law.

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