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How does one prove fault or liability after a car accident?

After a car accident with catastrophic injuries it's important to determine the details of what happened. In many instances, this means determining the actions that led up to the accident and who is responsible. It's possible that multiple parties could share fault for car accident injury, or a sole party could bear the brunt of it. So how does one begin this process of determining fault?

It's likely the process has already begun if car accident injuries resulted from the collision. This is because the authorities were likely called to the accident scene. In certain instances, a crash reconstruction will be performed by the authorities to help determine factors of the accident like speed, a timeline of events and it can even indicate fault. While the authorities are looking for evidence of criminal behaviors, any found can be helpful for those filing a personal injury suit.

Certain types of car accidents can generally be categorized and fault determined, at a glance. Generally, any accident in which a person is rear-ended is the fault of the driver who struck the other from behind. In left-turn car accidents, fault is usually the fault of the driver who is taking the left turn. This is because drivers are expected to give an appropriate following distance and also because turning drivers are expected to yield to oncoming traffic traveling straight.

However, all car accidents are different so it's good not to generalize your car accident injuries just yet. A full accident investigation or possibly a crash reconstruction can help to answer those tough questions. For those who have suffered injuries and their corresponding losses, answers will be at the top of the priority list. Damages can be sought by the injured to recoup what they have lost.

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