Accidents and injuries are, unfortunately, a fact of life, and they happen to people every day. That said, if you’re careful and you make sure you’re abiding by the recommended health and safety standards at work or in your personal life (such as the best driving practice on the road), then you’re much less likely to encounter a problem.
If you do, however, it’s important to know how to proceed. Yet in order to do that, we need to understand where fault lies, and what fault means. How can you identify it? If you’re not certain, what are you to do? Well, it can be that admitting fault completely and profusely apologizing for something you’re not sure you caused can later harm your chance of being protected and litigating in court.
So, how can you tell where the fault lies, and what steps should you take to give you the best chance alongside a personal injury attorney? With that in mind, let’s consider some of the following advice, below. We’re sure it will make a difference:
Know Your Traffic Laws
Knowing the traffic laws, refreshing your memory about the signs you may not usually see, and abiding by those codes always will help you understand when people have broken them, what standards they have failed to keep, and how that might have intruded on your own safe driving. When you know how you should have been driving and conform to it, you can pretty clearly assume that others that have forced you to pull evasive maneuvres or who caused the accident would or could be in the wrong.
Gathering witnesses is also essential. It might be that someone saw something you didn’t, or couldn’t have. It’s even better if this witness is impartial, or if there are multiple of them. When their stories are corroborated, and more importantly, when they match with your version of events, it’s as if the weighting and grounding behind your report becomes much stronger and easy to understand. As far as that goes, this method can help anyone feel a sense of wisdom.
Don’t Overspeak & Gather Evidence
It’s best not to throw accusations, profusely apologise, or make grand statements about what happened until you know what did happen. This is important to consider. It helsp you avoid incriminating yourself. However, it’s important to also gather the evidence you need. This might involve footage from your dashcam, asking colleagues at work to provide a statement, or using evidence of your correspondence can be a great idea. This helps you build the best possible case for litigation or defense, which can both work out in your favor. After all, even if you’re 100% in the right, without evidence and proof of that fact it’s hard for people to simply take you at face value. With this mindset, you will be more shrewd or will at least know where to start.
With this advice, we hope you can more easily tell where the fault lies after an accident.