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Car accidents can be stressful, scary, and dangerous. Determining fault in a car accident may not be your natural instinct in the initial aftermath of an accident. However, if you have been injured, it is important that you know what to do in case the other driver denies fault. 

Determining fault in a car accident requires the collection and preservation of important evidence, working in tandem with your insurance provider, and hiring an experienced car accident lawyer. 

If you are not able to prove fault in a car accident, it can negatively affect a personal injury claim or lawsuit. Working with a proven car accident lawyer can improve the odds of receiving maximum compensation for your injuries. Learn more about determining fault in a car accident below. 

Important Evidence to Preserve

The police and insurance company will conduct investigations. However, they will take place well after the accident. When involved in a collision, it is in your best interest to begin collecting and preserving evidence while it is still fresh. Important pieces of evidence used to determine fault can include:

  • Pictures of the scene, weather conditions, and vehicles involved
  • Pictures of the other driver’s car and license plates
  • Videos of the other driver if they appear to be intoxicated

Additionally, identify and get the information of witnesses before they have a chance to leave the scene. In some cases, witnesses leave before the police arrive and are not listed on police reports. 

Work With Your Insurance Company

In the event the other driver disputes fault in the car accident, your insurance company will conduct a liability investigation. Submit your claim along with the evidence that you have collected immediately after the accident happens. The information that you provide may help to back up your claim that the other driver was at fault. It can also protect from liability if you are being accused of causing the accident. 

You Must Prove The Other Driver Was at Fault

If you are sure that the accident was not your fault, it can be frustrating when the other driver denies fault or blames you. The combination of the evidence that you have collected, police reports, eyewitness statements, investigations conducted by your car or truck accident attorney, and insurance liability investigations will usually uncover the truth. If you are unable to prove the other driver was at fault, it can have a detrimental effect on your ability to recoup damages. 

Work With a Car Accident Lawyer

If you have suffered injuries due to the fault or negligence of another driver, it is up to you to prove they were at fault. In complex or disputed cases, that can be difficult to do without the help of a proven car accident attorney. 


At Steinberg Injury Lawyers, we are compassionate, thorough, and aggressive when pursuing maximum compensation for our clients. Don’t wait until it’s too late to pursue your personal injury claim or file a lawsuit. Give us a call at 1-800-350-8888 for a free, no-obligation consultation today

Peter Steinberg
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