How to Prove Fault in a Car Accident

Take the Necessary Steps to Prove Driver Negligence

Liability in a car accident is not always black and white; in some cases, it can be difficult to prove that another driver caused your injuries. At Bill Easterly & Associates, our Nashville injury attorneys are dedicated to helping individuals like you fight for the compensation they deserve. We have more than 25 years of legal experience, which means that we know what it takes to win. Don’t let a driver get away with negligence; let us help you seek a full recovery for your injuries.

How is liability determined in a car accident?

Car accident liability, as with most personal injury cases, is primarily governed by the idea of negligence, which means that if the careless or reckless actions of a driver caused an accident, he or she will be responsible for any damages. The concept of negligence has multiple factors that must be proven in order for you to be successful in recovering compensation for your injuries.

Elements of a driver negligence claim include:

  • Duty of care – A driver has a duty to drive in a reasonably cautious manner, as to avoid potential to harm other people or property. This means remaining alert and vigilant, obeying all traffic laws and speed limits, yielding to traffic signals and signs, and using turn signals to convey your intentions to other drivers.
  • Breach of duty – When a driver acts in a manner that does not adhere to the standards of safe driving, he or she is failing to uphold the duty of care and is, thus, considered negligent.
  • Causation – In a negligence claim, it must be found that the driver’s breach of duty, either directly or indirectly, caused your injury. This means that were it not for a driver’s behavior, your injury would never have occurred.
  • Damages – Finally, you must prove the extent of your damages. This can include physical damage to your person or your property, emotional damages, or financial damages.

Gather the Evidence

In order to prove that a driver was acting in a negligent manner and caused your injury, it is essential to collect all necessary evidence to supplement your argument. When you work with our team of Nashville personal injury lawyers, we can conduct a thorough investigation into the circumstances of your car accident to help you compile information and testimony in order to build an aggressive case.

Arguments for proving liability include:

  • Tennessee State traffic laws – Analyzing the traffic laws of the state can support the argument that the other driver was violating his or her responsibilities. If a law, vehicular code, or rule of the road was broken, referencing these regulations can benefit your case.
  • Police reports – While police do not always visit the scene of the accident, when they do, they will write a police report that will include his or her opinion, as well as any facts pertaining to clear violations of the law. If the report contains any indication that the other driver was acting carelessly or recklessly, this report can be used as testimony.
  • Witness testimony – In addition to police reports, other bystanders and passengers can also provide testimony as to their own opinion of events. Having third parties affirm the fault of the other driver can reinforce your argument.
  • “No- doubt” cases – Certain accidents assign automatic fault to one driver. These include rear-end accidents and left-turn accidents. In the former, the driver that rear-ended another vehicle is nearly always determined to be at fault; in the latter, liability is nearly always found with the driver who made the left turn.

Hire a Dedicated, Aggressive Lawyer

Having the representation of a knowledgeable and experienced personal injury lawyer in your corner is essential in a car accident case, especially in cases where liability is not obvious. At Bill Easterly & Associates, we can be aggressive advocates to help you prove that another driver caused your injury through negligent or reckless driving. We want to help you seek the justice that you deserve so that you can begin recovering without unnecessary financial burdens.

Contact us today; we’ll evaluate your case for free to help you get started!

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How Our Tennessee Attorneys Can Help You

No case is too small or too large for our team of experienced attorneys. We have the skills and resources it takes to pursue all types of personal injury cases. If you’ve suffered at the hands of a negligent party, we want to make sure you are compensated, and the negligent party is held responsible. We start by getting to you know and the facts surrounding your case.

Every case is unique, and we treat them as such, priding ourselves on making sure you have our full attention and focusing our efforts on building a successful case for you. Here’s how we can help:

INVESTIGATE YOUR INJURY

Investigate Your Claim: We want to get to the bottom of the “how” and “why” of your accident. We will conduct a thorough investigation into the circumstances of your incident. This allows us to gather evidence that can strengthen your case and help us identify all responsible parties involved. Leave all the legwork and paperwork to our team.

BUILD A COMPELLING CASE

Build a Compelling Case: With evidence in hand, we work to build a strong and compelling case in your favor. Whether we are going to court or negotiating with an insurance company, by building a solid case, we can help you maximize the amount of damages you may be able to recover.

MAXIMIZE YOUR RECOVERY

We Are Your Advocate: Unfortunately, insurance companies and negligent parties will not take you seriously unless you have an aggressive attorney on your side who fights for your rights. These parties may use tactics that manipulate or take advantage of a victim in order to keep from paying out hefty compensation packages. Having an attorney backing you up signals to these parties you are serious about getting everything you are entitled to.

FOCUS ON YOUR HEALTH

Focus on What’s Important: You. Your health and safety are what’s most important. Let us tackle the paperwork, the negotiating, and the back and forth, while you focus on your health and the well-being of your family. Trusting the team at Bill Easterly & Associates takes an immense weight off of your shoulders.

DEDICATED. AGGRESSIVE. RESPECTED.

Demand the Full Compensation You Deserve

We genuinely believe that you should not have to pay the price for someone else’s negligent and dangerous wrongdoing. For this reason, you can trust our legal team to do everything within our professional power to make sure you are not stuck with the financial repercussions of a serious injury-causing accident. We are ready to put decades of experience and practice to work for you! To schedule your free consultation, do not hesitate to contact our firm today.

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