If you’ve been in a traffic accident, one of the first questions you may ask is: How do I prove I wasn’t at fault? In many states, such as Georgia and South Carolina, the crash’s at-fault driver will bear financial responsibility.
Determining fault in an auto accident is not always straightforward. However, if you are able to show that the other driver was at fault, you may be able to seek compensation for many types of losses after the crash. If you’ve been in an accident and need help proving that you were not at fault, a car accident attorney can build the strongest possible case for your compensation.
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Steps to Take to Show That You Were Not At Fault
Suffering injuries in a car accident can be stressful and even more traumatizing if another driver caused the collision. However, the actions you take after a car accident can be crucial for your case. To help prove that the other driver was at fault, consider the following:
Call the Police
If you get involved in a car accident, call the police immediately. The responding police will compile a report of what happened. The crash report will note the essential facts of the accident, including when and where it happened and the information of the drivers involved.
Additionally, it may make note of any citations issued to the drivers and could draw conclusions about who was at fault for the crash. If another driver was cited for a traffic violation, such as speeding, this is important evidence for your case.
Take pictures of the damage to your car. In addition, take photographs of the other vehicle, skid marks on the pavement, or any identifying clues that could indicate how the accident happened. If you are too injured to do so, you can ask a passenger in your vehicle or a bystander for assistance.
Don’t Admit Fault and Keep it to Yourself
A car accident happens very quickly and it becomes a serious legal matter before you know it. Therefore, what you say and who you speak to about the crash matter a great deal. In general, keep the details of the incident to yourself and only share them with your lawyer.
If you make any comments to the police officer, the other driver, or even the insurance company suggesting you may be at fault, you stand the risk of implying that your negligence led to the accident.
Exchange Contact Information
You will need the other driver’s contact details to file a claim after the crash.
Speak to Witnesses
If possible, talk to any individuals who saw your accident before they leave the scene. Request their contact details as well.
Witness testimony can help confirm how the accident happened. This can offer valuable evidence for your case later on.
Keep Track of Your Medical Bills and Receipts
Keeping track of your medical reports and receipts can help you prove how you were harmed by the car accident. Your medical reports will also be used to calculate your medical costs and expenses when you seek compensation.
Hire an Attorney
It can be beneficial to work with a lawyer after a car accident. A lawyer can handle every aspect of your case for you. They can investigate existing evidence in your case and gather additional evidence to prove your losses and show you were not at fault.
They can also deal with the communications with third parties, such as insurance adjusters and lawyers for the other driver. A lawyer can negotiate to seek the best possible settlement for you.
A Lawyer Will Help You to Prove the Other Driver’s Fault
To prove the other driver was at fault in a car accident case, a lawyer will help you to show that:
- The driver had a duty to exercise reasonable caution and care on the road.
- The driver was negligent and failed to fulfill the duty to exercise reasonable care when driving.
- The accident was caused by the other driver’s negligence.
- You suffered injuries as a result of the accident.
A Lawyer Can Help You Recover Damages in a Car Accident Lawsuit
After proving fault for a car accident, a lawyer will seek compensation for injuries and any costs suffered due to the accidents. Some of the damages a lawyer can recover for you include:
- Pain and suffering
- Medical costs and expenses
- Loss of earnings
- Vehicle repair costs
Other damages may be available based on the details of your case. A lawyer can tell you what you qualify to seek.
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