Determining who is at fault in a car accident situation is never simple. Especially when there are multiple cars involved. When a multi car pile up happens, you may be wondering which driver is at fault. This type of accident is sometimes referred to as a chain reaction collision, with the assumption being that one person took an action that resulted in other cars crashing as well. So, the first step to identifying the cause of the first crash is to examine the evidence. Read on to learn more about how evidence is used in court to determine falls in a car accident situation, and contact our lawyers at Church and Page if you find yourself in this situation.
Can A Police Report Be Used To Determine Fault In A Car Accident?
After any car accident, it is important that you contact law enforcement officials in order to have a police report filed. In the police report, the law enforcement officer will write down the most pertinent details of the car accident case. Often, this report is used in court to determine who caused the accident.
Although police reports are not always perfect, they still contain valuable information that can help set the scene and describe what happened the day the accident occurred. Officers usually interview injured people and are responsible for managing traffic and the clearance of the road after the accident; this usually gives them a lot of pertinent information to help determine who caused the accident.
What Other Evidence Can Be Used To Determine Fault In A Car Accident Case?
We always advise our personal injury clients to take as many photos of the scene of the accident as they can. We advise this because photographs become a crucial piece of evidence in most car accident cases. If you take detailed photographs from the scene of the crime, this may be able to help tell the story of how the crime occurred. Photographs are perfectly suitable evidence to be used in court and are considered by judges when determining fault.
Additionally, eyewitness testimonies serve as one of the most crucial forms of first-hand evidence. If there are any other bystanders who witnessed the crash as it happened, be sure to get their testimony at the scene of the accident. Write down their contact information, first name and last name, and any important details they have about the crash. By leveraging the facts of the case with primary sources such as these, it becomes easier to determine who caused the multi car pile up.
What Should I Do If I Have Been Involved In A Crash That Someone Else Caused?
If you have been involved in a car accident that someone else caused, you have the right to file a personal injury claim that seeks a settlement for what you have suffered. For example, if you got into a car accident that someone else caused, in the car accident that destroyed your vehicle and caused you to break an arm, you should not have to pay out-of-pocket for these repairs or for your medical attention. Our lawyers fight hard for car accident victims in the situation, and use the evidence from their car accident to determine fault. Once the fault is determined, we can hold the at fault party accountable for what they caused, and fight for your right to a settlement.
What Kind Of Compensation Can I Get After A Car Accident?
There are many different types of compensation you can get after a car accident. As long as you can prove that the negligent party caused the mentioned damages, you can see compensation for the following damages:
Medical bills: medical bill compensation includes the cost of hospital care, doctors visits, prescription medication related to accident related injuries, and the cost of rehabilitative care such as physical therapy.
Lost wages: if you have missed work due to your injuries that you got from the accident, we will fight for your right to lost wage compensation.
Punitive damages: The person who caused the accident was operating in an especially egregious or depraved manner, you may be able to get punitive damages that penalize the driver for their behavior.
Schedule A Free Consultation With Church And Page Today
Anyone who has been involved in a car accident should contact Church and Page as soon as possible. We offer a free consultation to anyone who has been injured in an accident that they did not cause. If you have been involved in a multi car pileup, and are unsure how to prove who caused the accident, contact our team to learn the full scope of options you have for getting justice.