Suffering from an injury from a car accident
may leave you with many different questions and concerns. Some of which may include: Who is going to pay for the medical bills I have accrued? Will I get compensation for the wages lost from my time off of work? How is my car going to be repaired? And in many cases, how am I going to prove another driver hit my car?
Following an auto accident, victims often suffer from emotional and financial problems. Filing a personal injury claim helps victims injured due to other’s negligence seek the compensation they deserve. Now, you may be asking yourself:
“I know the other driver was at fault, but how do I prove it?”
How easy it is to prove that another driver hit you in an accident varies from case to case. However, some things will make it nearly impossible for insurance companies to argue.
Obvious Traffic Law Violations
When it comes to assigning fault in an auto accident, the answer is simple when one party has clearly broken traffic laws.
Some violations include:
- Failure to slow down
- Running a stop sign/red light
- Driving under the influence
- Not using a turn signal
It is important to note, however, local and state laws vary so you will want to be sure to research more information as to which traffic violations apply to your case. Your DMV will have information in person or online.
Contacting a qualified personal injury attorney can help explain the details of your case, as well as help guide you in the right direction.
If you choose to fight against the insurance companies alone, be sure to look up the specific motor vehicle statute in question and use the correct verbiage when speaking with the insurance company. You will most likely be taken more seriously because you sound confident and knowledgeable.
Rear-End and Left Turn Accidents
Rear-end and left turn accidents are also quite straightforward as far as determining liability goes. These accidents tend to be extremely serious, leaving little room for the plaintiff to change the outcome of the crash, meaning the defendant is typically proven guilty without much explanation.
The law supports the driver in front when it comes to rear-end accidents. For instance, you are driving closely behind an individual because you feel that they are driving too slow, also known as tailgating. If the driver in front of you decides to quickly brake, causing you to rear-end them, you are the party at fault.
The logic behind this is that it is your responsibility to make sure there is adequate space between you and the driver in front of you.
Similarly, how someone turning is responsible for ensuring they have sufficient time and space to make the turn safely. These types of accidents are easy to prove based on the damage each vehicle suffers. For example, in a crash involving a left turn, the driver turning will have damage to the front of their vehicle, while the person struck will see damage on the front right of the vehicle.
A crucial step for an auto accident is obtaining a police report. A police report will give you valuable information on the accident, which includes any citations the driver received and in some cases, the officer will provide their thoughts on the accident. Due to the information included, a police report will be one of your most durable pieces of evidence for your claim.
How a Memphis Personal Injury Attorney Can Help
Proving fault in an auto accident can be easy if you know what information to provide, and how to present your case. A Memphis personal injury attorney can help you gather the necessary information to build a strong case in your favor.
At Daniel Law Firm, our attorneys have many years of experience fighting against the insurance companies to provide our clients with the compensation they deserve. Our qualified Memphis personal injury attorneys have the knowledge and passion necessary to stand up against the insurance companies, providing a voice for our clients.
Contact us today at (901) 525-5555 to begin seeking the compensation you deserve.