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How do you prove the other driver was at fault for your crash?

On Behalf of | Oct 24, 2022 | Auto Accidents

In most cases, when drivers abide by traffic laws, they can avoid causing a collision. It is typically through lawbreaking or negligence that someone causes a wreck. You might expect that someone who committed an illegal maneuver or who made a mistake, like failing to use their turn signal, would admit their fault during the investigation.

The sad truth is that those who cause crashes often try to avoid responsibility for them. They may deny engaging in certain behavior before the crash occurred or fabricate a story in which you did something inappropriate or illegal. How can you potentially prove that the other driver is the one who caused the crash?

Financial responsibility for a car crash depends on liability for causing the wreck. Rather than expecting everyone to pay their own costs, the state passes financial culpability to the individual who caused the crash. The people hurt in a wreck can make use of the at-fault driver’s insurance coverage. When that isn’t enough, they could take that driver to civil court to ask for more compensation.

Find video footage of the wreck

There are traffic cameras all over Colorado, and thousands of businesses and homeowners have security cameras capturing footage of the roads nearby. There could very well be video footage showing the actual collision or at least the moments leading up to the wreck. Dashboard cameras in either vehicle or in a nearby vehicle could also help you show exactly what happened.

Crash recreations

There are experts who use forensic science to figure out exactly what happened during a crash. Information about the scene of the crash and the damage that resulted, as well as other details like the speed of the vehicles involved, could help professionals put together a video that recreates the crash accurately.

Witness statements

Sometimes, there isn’t any video footage, but there are people nearby when a crash occurs. The more witnesses there are, the more likely it is that someone noticed the other driver doing something unsafe or illegal or. The statements made by witnesses, especially when multiple people report seeing the same thing, could help you establish fault for the purpose of a police report, an insurance claim or a civil lawsuit.

Understanding how to protect yourself after a motor vehicle collision will help you limit the financial losses you suffer. It is almost always to discuss the accident with a personal injury attorney to ensure that your rights are protected.