Establishing liability after a car accident
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Establishing liability after a car accident

This may seem like a silly question at first, but: how do you prove liability in a car accident? From a subjective point of view, it may seem clear. When you are involved in a wreck, you have clear emotions and feelings of anger, and you may think the other driver's actions or behaviors out on the road make it obvious how they are at fault for the wreck. But from an objective and legal point of view, clear evidence needs to be established.

So how do you get such evidence? Well, there are a few sources for this information. The first is a police report. If the police are called to your accident scene -- which won't always happen -- you can look through a copy of the report they write up about the accident. It could provide critical information that establishes fault.

Another source for evidence is the circumstances of your crash. Were you rear-ended by another vehicle? Did a vehicle make a left turn and cut you off when they shouldn't have? Every crash is a little different, but the circumstances of them will dictate a significant portion of the fault or blame in the accident.

Last but not least, it is important to have an attorney by your side if you are considering litigation after a car accident. Your personal injury attorney can investigate your case and potentially find undiscovered pieces of evidence or legal angles that haven't yet been explored. Consult with an experienced attorney if you have been in an accident.

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