Proving Fault in an Intersection AccidentDecember 14, 2018
Car accidents often cause obvious property damage and visible injuries to those involved, particularly if the vehicles were traveling at a high speed. What is not always obvious, however, is who becomes responsible for causing the accident. When an accident occurs at a busy intersection, there are several factors to consider that can help prove which driver is at fault. An experienced car accident lawyer can examine the details of your case and ensure that your legal rights are protected as you proceed with the claims process.
Key sources of evidence that can be extremely valuable to your case include nearby pedestrians, other witnesses in the vicinity, other motorists in nearby vehicles, traffic light cameras, and security cameras in nearby businesses and homes. The more evidence you can collect from these sources, the stronger your case will be. If police are called to the scene, a more thorough investigation will involve interviewing the motorists involved, as well as individuals who witnessed the accident. If the other motorist caused the collision, the information revealed during the investigation will be beneficial to your case.
Obtaining Witness Testimony
In some cases, however, proving who is at fault can be more difficult. For example, if a witness saw the accident and can verify your side of the story, but leaves the scene of the accident before police arrive, you have to make an effort to track them down. Try to get witnesses’ names and phone numbers before they leave or take a picture of their vehicle and license plate. That way, you may be able to get a statement from the witness, who can confirm your story. Some people feel uncomfortable speaking to police investigators, in which case you may want to wait until police have left the scene to ask a witness for help.
Depending on where the accident occurred, you may need to approach residents and ask if they saw the collision. Alternatively, if the crash happened in a business district, do not hesitate to ask someone if they have security cameras that may have captured the accident. It is crucial that you act quickly when obtaining security footage because it is often disposed of or recorded over, so it will only be available for a limited amount of time. Speed cameras may also provide valuable evidence in an intersection accident case. This footage can be more difficult to obtain, but an experienced car accident lawyer can assist you with this.
Other factors, including traffic light patterns, road conditions, whether the other driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and weather conditions will also be considered when determining who is at fault for an intersection accident. A car accident lawyer will thoroughly investigate every detail of your case and guide you through every step of the claims process.
Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Represent Victims of Intersection Collisions
If you have been injured in a car accident that occurred at an intersection, contact the Baltimore car accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton as soon as possible. We will work tirelessly to secure the maximum financial compensation you deserve for your injuries, protecting your rights every step of the way. To schedule a free, confidential consultation, call us today at 800-547 4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
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