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Determining Fault in an Auto Accident with Injuries

Being injured in a car accident is difficult, but if your injuries are the result of another motorist’s negligence, the matter gets significantly more complicated. Because obtaining the compensation to which you are entitled is so important to your recovery, you’re well-advised to work closely with an experienced Chicago auto accident attorney from the outset. 

Car Accidents and Negligence

The truth is that car accidents are often the result of driver negligence, and such negligence can manifest in several different forms, including:

  • ImpairmentDrunk drivers experience serious impairments that seriously limit their ability to drive safely. Drunk drivers are the impetus behind far too many fatal car accidents on our roadways. 
  • Excess Speed – When motorists drive too fast in relation to either the speed limit or the condition of the road, they greatly increase the risk that serious accidents will ensue. In fact, speed is one of the factors most closely associated with fatal traffic accidents.
  • DistractionDistracted drivers fail to pay adequate attention to the road ahead and, in the process, they make dangerous accidents far more likely.
  • Aggression – Aggressive drivers are dangerous by design, and they are some of the most dangerous drivers on our highways and byways. 
  • Exhaustion – Drowsy drivers suffer impairments that are similar to those experienced by drunk drivers.

If the police report in your case specifies the other driver’s negligence, it can go a long way toward supporting your personal injury claim. If the officer on the scene doesn’t weigh in on the other driver’s negligence, however, there are other tools available to you.

Collecting Evidence at the Scene

Accidents do not occur in a vacuum, and there will be evidence at the scene that can help corroborate your version of events. If you aren’t able to collect evidence on your own, you can enlist help (or someone is likely to step in on your behalf). Such evidence can include:

  • Eyewitness testimony and contact information, as an eyewitness, can often put the entire matter of fault into clearer perspective
  • Pictures and videos taken at the scene of the accident that capture the event from every angle and that include any extenuating circumstances, such as the effects of inclement weather or impediments to visibility
  • A narrative of the sequence of events that led to the accident in your own words – written as soon after the accident as possible, as your memories are likely to fade in the aftermath of a jarring accident

Your dedicated auto accident attorney has the experience, skill, and resources to help determine and verify the other motorist’s fault in your accident claim. 

Seek the Professional Legal Counsel of an Experienced Chicago Auto Accident Attorney Today

The resourceful Chicago auto accident attorneys at The Horwitz Law Group are committed to skillfully pursuing compensation that addresses your full range of physical, financial, and emotional damages. We’re here for you, so please don’t put off contacting us and scheduling a free initial consultation today.

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