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Over 4.4 million American's are seriously injured in road traffic accidents every year.
That's a shockingly high number - but if you're unlucky, what happens next, and how is fault determined in a car accident?

Knowing the laws around car accidents could be the difference between receiving a massive payout or having to cough up money for the victim. So, it's time to get educated.

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Read on to learn all about determining fault after an accident.

How Is Fault Determined in a Car Accident?

Determining car accident fault isn't always an easy process, but there are several ways it can be done. The first thing is to look at who the involved drivers are.

Firstly, if one driver was clearly breaking driving laws (such as being under the influence of drugs or driving on the wrong side of the road), it's easy to decide who was the problem driver.

However, it's not always this easy. Often, fault is decided at the scene of the accident between both parties; if you weren't at fault, never say sorry to the other driver - this is seen as an admission of guilt. Instead, start taking photos of the crime scene to show to police or lawyers when necessary.
Another factor in determining fault is what's written on a police report. For this reason, you should always call the cops after an accident and be amicable when they arrive.

Finally, your car insurance company will get involved to decide (based on the evidence provided) who they believe was at fault. So, always be nice to your provider and help collect evidence at the scene of the accident.

Been in a Car Accident? What to Do Next

If you've been in a car accident, the first essential step is to ensure everyone is safe and off the road. Once you've confirmed everyone is safe, you should call the emergency services - even if it seems like no one is badly injured.

Having a police report will be critical if you wish to make any kind of insurance claim. The police will take evidence from the crime scene that will prove instrumental in determining fault. You should comply with this process and try to provide any additional testimony that will help.

Finally, you should get in touch with a car accident attorney that specializes in determining fault. They will be able to explain the next steps and the likelihood of a successful claim. You can find a lawyer easily through an online search.

Who Is at Fault? Now You Know

So, how is fault determined in a car accident? Well, now you know.
If you've been in a car accident, you must act quickly to ensure fault can be determined accurately. So, don't hesitate, find a car accident lawyer that specializes in determining fault, and you may be entitled to a payout.

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