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Proving a Disputed Motor Vehicle Accident Claim

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Fort Collins car crash attorneyThe only thing worse than getting hurt in a motor vehicle accident is having to deal with the party who caused to accident trying to lie their way out of it. You know that you had the right of way, but the responsible driver is making the same claim. Unfortunately, this is a very common situation. Much as most criminal defendants plead “not guilty” even if they were caught red-handed, quite a few drivers accused of causing a wreck will refuse to admit fault. Of course, like their criminal counterparts, these careless drivers rarely get their way. The truth does often come out, although it may require a skilled investigation by a well-qualified lawyer. Our firm can help you gather the proof you need to recover compensation whether the liable driver wants to cooperate or not. 

Proving Which Driver Was At Fault for Your Crash

If you spoke to the other driver at the scene, you may or may not have been able to get a “read” on them. If you get the sense right away that they are going to try blaming the accident on you, it is very important that you call a lawyer right away - ideally that same day. Some types of evidence need to be collected, documented, or preserved almost immediately. The evidence your lawyer might use to show that the other driver is lying could include: 

  • Crash site photos - Pictures of the accident scene taken shortly after the accident can provide some of the most compelling evidence regarding which driver was at fault. The positions of, and damage to, both vehicles can usually demonstrate who hit who fairly clearly. However, these photos need to be taken shortly following the crash, while both damaged vehicles are still sitting where they came to rest. If you are too badly injured to get out and take these pictures yourself, you will need someone who can. 

  • Witness statements - Neutral witnesses are typically well-trusted by courts. They have nothing to gain or lose from blaming one party over the other, and therefore have no reason to lie. If several unrelated people who just happened to be driving or walking by when they saw the crash say that the other driver is at fault, you are more likely to win your case. 

  • Police report - The police report is a compelling piece of evidence. It helps that the police are usually there right after the crash happens and can quickly evaluate the accident scene. 

If these three important types of evidence all tend to show that you are not at fault, you have the makings of a strong case. 

Contact a Larimer County Car Accident Lawyer

Hoggatt Law Office, P.C. is skilled at building strong bodies of evidence for our clients. Our experienced Fort Collins car accident attorneys will complete a thorough investigation on your behalf. Call 970-225-2190 for a free consultation. 

Source:

https://www.erieinsurance.com/blog/how-to-take-photos-after-a-car-accident

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