Determining who is at fault for a car accident isn’t necessarily
black and white. In some cases, it can be blatantly obvious if another
driver was acting carelessly but oftentimes it’s much more complex.
When proving liability, you’ll need evidence and documentation that
goes beyond your first-hand account of what happened.
Was a Police Report Filed?
If the police came to the scene of the accident, chances are they filed
a police report. You can easily get a copy of the report by asking your
local law enforcement. If someone violated a specific traffic law, sometimes
the responding officers will include that in their report. Other times
the responding officer will simply mention negligent behavior without
diving into which traffic laws were violated.
Is There “No-Doubt” Liability?
There are certain types of accidents that almost always make the other
driver liable, commonly referred to as “no-doubt” liability.
If you are rear-ended, it is virtually never your fault – regardless
of why you stopped. As a basic rule of the road, the vehicles you share
the road with must be able to stop safely when approaching traffic that
is stopped. Drivers who violate that rule are at fault for the accidents
Cars making left turns are liable for accidents involving cars coming straight
in the other direction. Much like with rear end collisions, the location
of the damage is proof enough to determine what exactly happened. These
types of accidents make it very difficult for the other driver to argue
that the crash happened in some other way.
What Are The State Traffic Laws?
When looking for official documentation that can support your claim, it’s
important to research Pennsylvania state traffic laws. Typically, these
regulations are listed in the state’s statute and is known as the
“Vehicle Code.” A simplified version of the state’s
traffic laws are usually found at public or law libraries. By doing some
research on the specific traffic laws that apply to your claim, you may
come across information that will help your case.
If you’ve been injured in a car accident, you need a skilled Altoona
car accident lawyer on your side. Call Goldstein, Heslop, Steele, Clapper,
Oswalt & Smith at (814)-705-4741 to
schedule a consultation.