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Car wrecks are a combination of personal injury and traffic law. When many people think about car wrecks, they tend to think of two vehicles colliding. However, car crashes can also be a car colliding with a bicyclist, motorcyclist, or pedestrian. A person injured in a car accident may hire a lawyer to negotiate with other drivers who should pay for the car damage. Figuring out who is responsible for the car accident is referred to as determining fault.
What Does Fault Mean?
Fault simply means who caused the car wreck. Each state has different classifications for fault, but the most common classifications are:
- Fault: One driver is completely at fault for the accident.
- Partial fault: Each driver is partially at fault for the car wreck. The other driver or another party may be at fault for the accident too.
- No fault: No one is at fault for the car accident.
How Is Fault in a Car Wreck Determined?
Sometimes, it is clear who was at fault for the car crash. Other times, it is not so clear. When fault is not clear, an injured plaintiff must prove:
- The driver who injured them owed them a legal duty. This means the driver was supposed to avoid causing harm to anyone—including the injured party—while driving.
- The driver breached their duty. When the duty is breached, the driver did not act as a reasonable prudent person would have in the same or a similar situation.
- The breach of duty caused the plaintiff’s injuries. Even though the driver may have caused the injuries while driving, the plaintiff must prove it through evidence, such as police reports and medical bills.
Can I File a Claim with My Insurance Company?
Yes. A driver may file a claim with their car insurance company to repair some or all of the damages or receive replacement costs caused by the car wreck. The automobile insurer may also pay for some medical expenses associated with the automobile accident.
Should I Contact a Lawyer about My Car Wreck?
Yes. Whether you are not at fault or partially at fault, contact a personal injury lawyer to understand more about your rights.
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Last Modified: 06-24-2015 03:47 PM PDT
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