At Ashby Thelen Lowry, our Georgia vehicle collision attorneys know fault in any crash is typically determined based on negligence. Negligence refers to failing to exercise reasonable care and harming others.
Here, we discuss several ways to help our client determine and prove who was liable for their crash so that we can pursue the at-fault party for their compensation needs.
What Factors Help Determine Fault After a Traffic Crash in Georgia
One of the first details our vehicle collision attorneys review is whether any traffic law violations led to the crash. If one driver violates traffic laws and causes a collision, they may be considered at fault. For example, running a red light, speeding, or failing to yield the right of way could contribute to pinpointing fault.
In addition, our skilled Georgia personal injury attorneys will review:
- Police Reports
Law enforcement officers who respond to the scene of a collision may prepare a police report. This report often includes their assessment of the crash, statements from involved parties and witnesses, and any citations issued. While not conclusive, the police report can be influential in determining fault.
- Eyewitness Testimony
Statements from eyewitnesses who observed the collision can provide valuable information. Their accounts may help establish the sequence of events and shed light on who was at fault.
- Evidence at the Scene
Physical evidence, such as skid marks, damage to vehicles, and the positioning of cars after the collision, can be crucial in reconstructing the crash and determining fault.
- Video Surveillance
If available, video footage from traffic cameras, surveillance cameras, or dashcams can clearly depict the events leading up to the collision.
- Expert Opinions
In some cases, collision reconstruction experts may be consulted to analyze the evidence and provide an expert opinion on how the collision occurred and who was at fault.
It is important to note that fault determination can be complex, and insurance companies may conduct their own investigations. We can help.
If you have been injured because of another driver’s negligence in Georgia, contact our skilled personal injury lawyers and support team at Ashby Thelen Lowry today at (404) 777-7771 to schedule a free consultation to ensure your rights are protected so you can make informed decisions about the direction of your claim.