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How Do You Decide Who’s at Fault in a Car Accident?

Personal Injury

Determining fault in a car accident is crucial to your ability to recover compensation for damages. Unfortunately, this is not always an easy task. The events of a car accident move very quickly and the stress associated with an accident often makes it difficult to think clearly. It is important to work with an experienced car accident attorney who can examine the evidence and prove the other driver was at fault.

Marc Albert has been handling car accident cases in New York for more than 15 years, and he will work with a team of experts to help you build a strong case. Some important pieces of evidence Mr. Albert will use to determine fault include:

  • Police reports – Make sure a police officer is sent to the accident scene and fills out a report. Often, police reports will indicate who was at fault. In addition, if the other driver received any traffic citations, it will be listed in the report. This can be some of the strongest evidence you can use to prove the other driver was at fault.
  • State traffic laws – Make a mental note of any state traffic laws violated by the other driver, even if a police citation wasn’t issued. Violations of traffic laws can include running a red light or stop sign, failing to yield the right of way or speeding.
  • Nature of the accident – For certain types of accidents, determining fault is fairly straightforward. For example, rear-end car accidents are almost always the fault of the driver doing the rear-ending. Similarly, left-turn accidents are almost always the fault of the driver making the left turn.
  • Eye-witness testimony – While it is often difficult for the drivers in a car accident to piece together the events, it is typically much easier for witnesses. Always record the names and contact information of any witnesses who can support your version of what happened.

If you have been injured in a car accident caused by the negligence of another driver, please contact the Law Offices of Marc S. Albert today to schedule your free initial consultation. Mr. Albert serves clients throughout the New York City metropolitan area from his offices in Queens, Manhattan, and Long Island.