Who Was At-Fault for My Car Accident?
Liability for a car accident, whether determined through an insurer’s claim process or through a personal injury suit, can only be established through proof of negligence. While establishing liability must be done on a case by case basis, there are certain types of accidents, in which one party is usually at fault. For example, the driver of the second vehicle is almost always held liable for rear-end collisions. This can make assigning liability an easier process in many cases, but some will still require the assistance of an experienced Fort Lauderdale auto accident attorney, so if you were recently injured in a car accident and need help evaluating who was at fault, please don’t hesitate to contact our auto accident legal team today.
Left-turn accidents occur when one vehicle is traveling straight through an intersection, while another car is making a left hand turn and collides into the other vehicle. Like rear-end accidents, liability in these cases is often a relatively simple matter to resolve. This is due to the fact that unless the left turning driver was complying with a green arrow, he or she will be required to yield to those who are traveling straight through the intersection. For this reason, left turning drivers are usually found to be at fault for these accidents, as their collisions can often be attributed to speeding, turning with an obstructed view, or driving while distracted.
T-bone, or side-impact collisions, occur when one vehicle, when traveling in one direction through an intersection, collides with the driver of a vehicle traveling in a perpendicular direction. When it comes to these kinds of crashes, the driver that collides with the side of the other car is usually found to be at fault. However, this isn’t always true, in which case, the injured party should consider a few different factors, including which driver ran the red light or stop sign and whether both drivers were moving at the time of the collision. For instance, the driver who ran the red light will usually be held liable for a t-bone crash, although a court will also be willing to take into account whether one vehicle was stalled or otherwise not moving at the time of the accident.
Sometimes referred to as frontal collisions, head-on crashes occur when two vehicles strike one another while traveling in opposite directions. In these situations, the driver of the vehicle that crossed into the wrong lane will almost always be held liable for resulting damages, although courts will also assess whether one of the drivers was intoxicated at the time of the accident, was driving while distracted, or had fallen asleep at the wheel. Phone records, eyewitness accounts, and skid mark measurements can all play a role in demonstrating fault in head-on collision cases.
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