It’s important to determine fault and assign responsibility for a car accident. The person who is to blame can be held financially responsible for any harm suffered by others in the crash. How is fault determined? Can the damage from an accident be enough to assign blame? What other factors may be relevant?
In this article, Los Angeles car accident attorney Sherwin Arzani provides insight to help you through this difficult time.
Car Accident Damage Can Offer Insight into Fault
Damage to vehicles and property in an accident may offer important insight into the cause of the crash. Determining the cause of the crash can help to identify anyone who may have contributed to the accident. In many cases, the location of the damage on both vehicles in an accident can help to paint a picture about what probably happened.
Rear End Damage: Rear-end accidents are incredibly common in Los Angeles. They’re often seen at intersections and caused by distracted and/or aggressive drivers. These accidents happen when one car crashes into the rear of another.
The driver of the rear vehicle is often assigned blame in a rear-end accident. However, it’s important to consider any circumstances and factors that may offer a different explanation.
Side Damage: Did your car suffer damage to one of the sides? If so, this may be helpful in proving that another driver is responsible for the accident. This is particularly true if the other vehicle shows signs of damage to the front of the vehicle. This could happen when a vehicle:
- Makes an improper U-Turn and crashes into the side of oncoming traffic
- Backs out of a driveway or road without looking and crashes into the side of oncoming cars, or
- Executes a left-hand-turn but misjudges the timing.
Again, it is always important to consider any factor that could have contributed to an accident.
Front Damage: Front-end damage to a vehicle may indicate that the driver of that car is at fault. Drivers have an obligation to use caution and care to prevent harm. When you are moving forward, you have the best view of your surroundings. If you follow too closely, misjudge the pace of traffic, or become distracted, you’re more likely to be involved in a crash.
Other Factors That May Offer Answers About Fault
While damage to vehicles involved in an accident can offer some insight into the cause of the crash, it should not be the only piece of evidence. It’s important to carefully investigate an accident and uncover any piece of information that could be helpful in determining cause and fault. The more evidence you have, the more reliable the answer.
Other factors that may provide information about accident fault include:
- Blood alcohol concentration
- Red light camera footage
- Witness testimony
- Road conditions
- Weather conditions
- Traffic conditions
- Presence of a construction or work zone
- Vehicle crashworthiness
- Location of the crash
- Speeding, and
- Other traffic violations.
Maybe a rear-end crash is typically the rear driver’s fault. What if, though, an investigation found that the driver of the front vehicle was intoxicated at the time of the accident? They slammed on their brakes for no reason and caused the rear vehicle to crash into them.
Slick road conditions also prevented the rear driver from braking smoothing. Looking at other factors helps to pinpoint the real cause of the accident. In this scenario, vehicle damage explains what happened, but doesn’t explain who is really at fault.
Are you thinking about filing a personal injury lawsuit for injuries you suffered in a Los Angeles accident? It’s important to speak with an experienced attorney. Contact Citywide Law Group to schedule your free case assessment today.