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Key Information to Have When Determining Liability

If you’ve been injured in a car accident, in order to successfully win your claim for compensation, you must prove liability on the other party. Sometimes proving liability can be difficult. By knowing and utilizing a few key factors, you can prove liability.

Jotting Down the Details

Aside from key items such as your first aid and emergency roadside kit, a notebook is another important items to have on hand inside your car. Keeping it tucked away now can prove to be very useful later. Noting every detail after a car accident is extremely important, because you increase your chances of remembering important details later on that you’re sure to forget after the shock wears off.

Things to jot down include:

Detailed description of the damage.
The name of the street that accident took place on, along with intersecting roadways.
Date and time of accident.
The weather.
The other car’s make/model and license plate number.
Contact information of key witnesses.

Take Plenty of Photographs

A camera is another device to have on hand, but smartphones come equipped with one, so you don’t have to worry about keeping a camera in your car.

Important things to photograph include:

The damage to your car.
Skid marks.
The overall scene of the accident.

Accident Reports

The accident report is one of the most important documents you can present when seeking your personal injury claim. It provides detail about all the parties involved, as well as the law enforcement officer’s opinion. The officer’s opinion is informed and unbiased. His option helps to enforce the credibility of the document, and the report cites the specific traffic law that may have been violated, and if any citations were issued that will be indicated on the report.

Defining Liability

While each car accident is different, the type of car accident may provide officials who were involved and who may be to blame. For example, if your car was hit from behind, it’s usually the other driver’s fault, regardless of your reason for stopping to begin with. It’s the common rule of the road that drivers need to be prepared to stop and that they allow enough space between them and the car in front of them.

Accidents resulting from someone taking a left turn are usually caused by those making the turn, because the car that is driving straight has the right of way. Even when the light is green, the car making the left turn must yield to traffic. Failure to yield can result in an accident.

If you have been involved in a car accident, retain the experienced attorneys at Siegfried and Jensen can help determine liability and help you sort through the evidence.

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