Durham County Car Accident
Fault refers to responsibility for an accident and the obligation to pay for any damages caused. The person who caused the accident is considered to be at fault and liable for the resulting damages due to either negligence or recklessness.
Figuring out who was at fault for a car accident is a matter of determining who was negligent (or reckless). There are some documents and strategies that can be used to support an argument regarding fault, including:
- Police reports. If law enforcement came to the scene of the accident, chances are a written accident report was generated, and you can ask the traffic division of your local law enforcement agency about obtaining a copy. Sometimes an accident report will include the officer’s opinion regarding fault for the accident, such as the mention of the violation of a specific traffic law or that a citation was issued.
- Traffic laws. The rules of the road contained in the statutes of each state set forth the laws that govern driving.
- Clear liability. There are some circumstances when liability is relatively clear-cut, such as rear-end collisions and left-turn accidents.
Determining fault is often a very complex process, and insurers and legal professionals will consider police reports, witness statements, and expert opinions to help sort out the sequence of events that led to the collision.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a motor vehicle accident due to someone else’s negligent or reckless behavior, contact the Durham County car accident attorneys at Nagle & Associates, P.A. online or call (800) 411-1583 to schedule your free initial consultation today.