Being involved in a car accident where you are injured can be a frightening experience. In the event you want to pursue compensation for costs you may have incurred as a result of your injuries, you will need to prove which party was at fault and caused the accident. The state of Georgia is an at-fault state, which means you must prove which party was at fault in order to be awarded any compensation for your injuries.
What to do after an accident to make sure you can prove who is at fault
If your injuries allow you to remain at the scene, try and take as many pictures as possible. If you see any witnesses, try and gather their contact information so you can reach out to them in the future.
Who determines who is at fault after an accident?
Typically, the insurance adjuster will take the lead in determining who is at fault for the accident. The adjuster will review the police report and speak with the parties involved as well as witnesses at the crash site. It is important to keep in mind that the adjuster works for the insurance company and their goal is to keep the payout down to a minimum. By hiring a lawyer to help protect you, your attorney will also conduct their own investigation and file a report with the courts. The courts ultimately decided who is to blame, not the insurance adjuster.
What happens if both parties played a role?
It may be determined that your actions contributed to the cause of the accident. In the event you are partly responsible, you can still receive compensation for your injuries; it will just be a lower amount than if you had no role in the accident.
What types of evidence are used to determine who is at fault?
Some of the more common pieces of evidence used are the police reports, photos and videos, statements from the police, and witnesses. Your attorney may even hire expert witnesses to testify on your behalf. It is critical to have an attorney gather all of the available information to present your case. Trying to collect the information on your own can be time-consuming and you may miss a key piece of evidence.
Dealing with injuries from a car accident can be a very frightening ordeal. In order to make sure you receive the compensation you deserve, it is essential to have an attorney on your side who knows the Georgia laws and can get you the best possible outcome. If you have recently been in an accident, the attorneys Imbriale Injury Law can assist you with your case. Reach out to us today for a consultation.