Imagine that you and another person are involved in a car accident. Each person was driving on their own, and no one is seriously injured — but you suffered some moderate injuries in the crash. In the moments immediately after the crash, you think that this crash was the other driver’s fault. In fact, witnesses of the crash tell you that it was the other driver’s fault too. “He clearly crashed into me,” you think.
In the coming days, you consider legal action against the other driver due to the financial and medical costs you have incurred as a result of this wreck. As obvious as it may seem to you and those witnesses, though, simply saying “it’s obviously the other driver’s fault” doesn’t fly. You have to prove fault, and your case has to have supporting arguments and evidence to establish this.
In this regard, the police report is a critical piece of evidence. Their conclusion could either support your claims or do harm to them. One thing to note about police reports is that they can sometimes be changed after they are released. These changes may also help or hurt your case.
State traffic laws will obviously go a long way in determining liability and fault in an accident, too. They can even dictate how much a person owes in civil court if they are deemed liable for the wreck.
No matter what type of accident you get into, you should consult an attorney to improve your chances in any personal injury case.
Source: FindLaw, “Car Accident Liability: Proving Fault in a Car Crash,” Accessed Dec. 16, 2015