Determining Fault in a Car Accident
Determining fault in a car accident will play an important role in your ability to recover compensation for your damages. Insurance companies will look for every possible excuse to unfairly reduce or deny your claim. In order to make sure your rights and your ability to receive compensation are protected, you will need an experienced car accident attorney on your side who can help conclusively prove the other driver was at fault.
Common negligent actions that result in a car accident include:
- Distracted driving
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Reckless driving
- Running a stop sign/red light
- Failure to obey other traffic laws
It is always a good idea to request that a police officer be sent to the accident scene to fill out a report. If the police report indicates the other driver committed one or more of the negligent actions listed above, it will strengthen your case. If the officer determines the other driver was at fault and includes this in the accident report, it will be much more difficult for the insurance company to unfairly deny your claim.
There are certain types of car accidents in which determining fault is pretty straight forward. These include:
- Rear end car accidents – In rear end car accidents, the driver who hit you from behind is almost always at fault since drivers are required to maintain a following distance that allows them to stop safely without hitting the vehicle in front of them.
- Left turn car accidents – Cars making a left turn are almost always at fault in a collision with a vehicle driving straight through an intersection since the car driving straight has the right of way.
In both of these cases, the location of the damage on each vehicle should make determining fault relatively clear.
The attorneys at Cooper Hurley have more than 40 years of combined experience fighting for the rights of car accident victims in the Virginia Beach area. We work with a team of accident reconstruction experts to help conclusively prove the other driver was at fault.