How Do You Know What Caused Your Car Crash?

By Pyle Law, March 09 2021 7:28 am
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How Do You Know What Caused Your Car Crash?

By Pyle Law, March 09 2021 7:28 am
How Do You Know What Caused Your Car Crash?

Insurance companies can look at numerous types of evidence when they are trying to assign blame after a car accident. Liability is not always clear-cut when both drivers have their own side of the story.

After you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident, one of your first thoughts may go towards financial compensation. However, you first need to show that someone else was responsible for the crash. Determining liability is not always easy. 

Primarily, the insurance companies will look at the evidence of the crash. Some types of crashes speak for themselves. For example, if the other driver was drunk or was ticketed for speeding or an illegal turn, that will be a relatively easy liability determination. Here is what you can turn to in order to figure out the cause of your crash.

Witness Statements

Witness accounts are one of the most important factors. Both you and the other driver are witnesses to your accident, and you will both be asked to give statements. However, each of you has a self-interest in what the insurance companies decide. This is why it is helpful to get witnesses and their contact information. An objective third-party who gives a clear statement of what they saw can go a long way towards determining who was at fault when it may be your word against the other driver’s.

The Type of Crash

In some cases, the nature of the crash alone will reveal the cause. The type of damage would speak for itself as to what happened and who was responsible. For example, in a rear-end crash, the driver who hit the other car is usually at fault unless some limited exceptions apply. Another example would be a crash that happens in an intersection when one car plows into another. You would generally be able to tell that one car either ran a stop sign or a red light. Finally, it is also very apparent what caused the crash when one driver was drunk and arrested for it.

Other Important Factors

The insurance company or a jury will look at the overall picture when assigning the cause, especially when there are no witnesses to the crash. Here are some other things that could be important:

  • Each driver’s cell phone records (to see if one of them was texting or calling at the time of the accident)
  • The type of damage on the car (things like a T-bone accident tell a lot about fault)
  • The location of the debris on the road and skid marks
  • Any surveillance video or roadway cameras

Since the cause of the accident may not be readily apparent, it is crucial to preserve any evidence and hire an attorney immediately, so they can help advocate for your side of the story.

Contact a Kansas Car Accident Attorney

After your car crash, legal representation is a must. Call a Kansas car accident attorney at Pyle Law for the assistance you need. Call (620) 241-9000 or contact us online to schedule your free initial consultation. 

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