Determining Car Accident Liability
One of the most common ways that people experience a personal injury in the Kansas City area is through involvement in a car accident. Affecting millions of people each and every year, accidents can range from minor fender benders to fatalities and everything in between. With so much on the line, it is important that every driver be aware of the rules of the road, their rights, and their options following their involvement in a crash. If you or a loved one have been involved in a car accident, contact DiPasquale Moore as soon as possible. We work to ensure that you are able to recover a financial award for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, and more.
Proving Liability in a Car Accident
One of the first steps taken in a car accident injury case is determining which vehicle was at fault for causing the crash. Some accidents will be fairly obvious concerning which person was in the wrong, but other cases need additional information to prove this information to insurance companies and the court.
There are three common ways that liability can be determined:
- Obtaining a copy of the police report, which may have information or observations included by the police officer that wrote up the report.
- The driving laws of Missouri, which detail how drivers are supposed to behave on the road and can be responsible for violating.
- The premise of no-doubt liability, which are instances where the other driver is usually at fault and there is simply not much to argue.
No-doubt liability applies in two very specific instances. First, being rear-ended by another car oftentimes places liability on the person behind that failed to stop their car in time to prevent an accident. Another instance is when one car making a left turn is involved in an accident with a vehicle going straight that has the right of way. However, even in these instances, there are defenses and ways that the vehicles that would traditionally be considered liable can be defended.
However you have been harmed, it is worthwhile to consult with an attorney as soon as possible. Acting quickly can help uphold your important rights, and evidence proving your case can be collected in order to ensure that you are able to recover a financial award for any of the injuries you have suffered from. Contact our Kansas City car accident lawyers to get started with a complimentary consultation now!