Why Car Accident Cases are Complicated, Even When Fault Seems Clear

older dirty car accident smashed front rightDealing with a car accident can be very complicated, particularly when there are disputes about fault.

However, accidents can be complex even when the other driver seems clearly at fault. Clear liability can make it more likely for victims to obtain fair compensation for their injuries, but it doesn't stop insurance companies from arguing about fault.

It can be difficult to prove fault and obtain sufficient evidence unless you have experience building car accident cases. Even when they are not at fault in an accident, injured parties should still seek legal representation because a competent lawyer will know how to build a strong case.

Below, the Sacramento car accident lawyers of the Arnold Law Firm discuss factors involved with proving fault in various types of car accidents. If you have been injured in an automobile accident, contact us to request a free, no obligation consultation today.

Crashes Caused by Traffic Violations

Drivers have a duty to prevent causing harm to other motorists and pedestrians, which includes following traffic laws. Traffic law violations are a clear breach of duty.

When an accident is caused by traffic law violations, proving fault is usually straightforward, particularly when the at-fault driver receives a citation from police for his or her violations at the accident scene.

Some traffic law violations that often result in accidents include:

  • Failure to yield the right of way
  • Speeding
  • Running red lights
  • Failure to use turn signals
  • Failure to follow at a safe distance
  • Running stop signs
  • Failure to maintain control over one’s vehicle
  • Failure to drive at reasonable speeds for road and traffic conditions

However, even if the other driver broke the law, you need a strong case to recover fair compensation. Insurance companies can make the process more difficult and may still argue that you are at fault.

Left-Turn Accidents

Left-turn car accidents often involve traffic law violations. The driver who made the left turn is typically the one at fault for the accident, as it is the responsibility of left-turning drivers to yield to other vehicles if they do not have the right of way. Cutting off oncoming traffic by making a left turn on a green light is an illegal left turn. Left-turn car accidents create specific damage to the involved vehicles, which can be used as evidence to establish the type of accident that occurred and who is at fault.

Rear-End Accidents

In a rear-end accident, the vehicle that does the rear-ending is almost always partially or fully at fault. Drivers have a duty to follow others at a safe distance, in case a vehicle ahead suddenly slows down or stops. Drivers must allow themselves enough distance to avoid accidents in such circumstances. However, insurance companies may attempt arguments, such as you were too far from the stop sign or light, or you should have been moving because the light was green.

Our Licensed Attorneys Are Here to Help

Proving fault can be a challenge, even with clear liability accidents. If you were injured in a vehicle collision, the attorneys of the Arnold Law Firm are here to assist you.

We have helped many car accident victims recover fair compensation for their damages. We are ready to investigate to prove fault and pursue maximum compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

Request a free, no obligation consultation today and learn what legal options may be available for pursuing compensation for your car accident injuries. There are no upfront fees – we are only paid if we recover compensation for you.

Call now (916) 777-7777 or complete our Free Case Review form now.