Car accident claims - 4 ways to prove you weren’t at fault
No one likes the idea of being involved in a car accident. But being blamed for the crash, when it wasn’t even your fault is incredibly difficult to comprehend. You know you did nothing wrong, but now it’s your word against theirs and there’s very little you can do about it…or is there?
Proving that you weren't at fault for the car accident might sound like a big task, however, there are ways you can prove your innocence and file your personal injury claim – click here if you're looking for a personal injury attorney – and then get on with your life.
Here we’ll look at 4 ways you can prove that you weren’t at fault in a car accident.
Contact the police
The other party may not want you to speak with the police and they may try to convince you to deal with the matter between yourselves. You should decline for many reasons, the main one being that it's illegal to not contact the police after a crash. You also need to speak with the police as a means of proving you weren't at fault. When the police visit the scene of a crash, they'll put together a police report that will consider the damage caused, statements of the drivers and even the positioning of the vehicles to ascertain who was at fault. You'll be able to obtain a copy of this report.
In the aftermath of a crash, your thoughts will be all over the place, however, it's important that take photographs of the scene as evidence for your personal injury case. Or ask someone else to do this for you. You should photograph the positioning of the cars, the injuries that were sustained and anything else of note, such as the road conditions and even the weather.
Speak with witnesses
Did any passers-by see what happened? Their testimony could help prove that you weren't to blame for the accident. If there are others at the scene, try to get their names and contact details.
Don’t admit you’re at fault!
It’s often a natural reaction for us to apologise during stressful situations, even if there is nothing to apologise for. You may also find the other party putting pressure on you to admit you were to blame or becoming aggressive to make you admit fault. Stand firm and only swap details with the other party. Don't discuss the event.