Following a car accident, there will be a lot of stress on both parties involved. Usually, one of the parties will try and file a claim against the other in order to obtain compensation for all the damages sustained in the accident.
However, some situations could get out of control and become extremely complicated. One such scenario is the one where both parties claim they are victims. So the question remains: how do you prove you are not at fault in a car accident?
Our car accident attorneys in Salt Lake City advise you to take all the necessary steps to ensure that you have enough evidence to support your case. Here are a few different ways that you can prove you are a victim following a car accident.
The Police Report
Assuming that the police arrived at the scene, they filed a report compiled of all the information that both parties provided. Inside the report are also the statements from any witnesses that were at the scene of the accident and the police officer’s personal opinion of how the accident happened. Also, the report also includes both sides of the story told by both parties involved in an accident.
You can prove that you are a victim by taking a copy of the police report and giving it to one of our attorneys. They will then take a closer look at the police report and conduct their own investigation to determine whether or not the information gathered are true.
Note: Any mention of traffic law violation or careless driving inside the report can serve as evidence proving your innocence and the other party’s negligent behaviour.
The Type of Accident
There are some collisions that are classified as “no-doubt liability”. Basically, whenever you are involved in one of these accidents, the other party is 99 percent at fault and the insurance companies will not bother to argue about it. These accidents include:
- Rear-end collisions
- Left-Turn accidents
- Drunk driving (if any of the drivers was drunk at the time of the accident)
However, due to comparative negligence, your total compensation could be reduced in cases of your own carelessness. Some examples include:
- One of your tail lights not working
- Mechanical problems
- Driving after taking prescription drugs that could affect your driving ability
If the accident happened in the city, the parking lot or at the intersection, check with your attorney and see if there are any traffic cameras nearby. These could greatly help your case, as the footage can clearly show who was at fault. However, getting traffic camera footage could be a problem. That is where our Salt Lake City Car Accident Attorneys come into play. You may not have permission to obtain the footage, but our attorneys definitely can. With their help, you can receive a free case evaluation, the traffic camera footage, and legal representation. Be sure to give our attorneys a call as soon as you are able to.