I Was in a Car Wreck; How Do I Know Who is at Fault?
One of the most important aspects of any car accident injury claim is determining who or what was at fault for the crash. This can also be one of the more complicated issues (and one that the insurance companies tend to fight most often). Don’t take the insurance company’s word for it!The following are some of the most common factors:
- Distracted driving: With the widespread use of cell phones and mobile devices, texting while driving and other forms of distraction have become major problems across the country. It takes an average of about five seconds to respond to a text message, enough time to travel the length of a football field at 55 miles per hour.
- Fatigued driving: When drivers are tired, they may not react as quickly to situations to avoid a car accident. In the most serious cases, motorists may fall asleep at the wheel — especially when driving early in the morning or late at night.
- Drunk driving: It is incredibly irresponsible to operate a motor vehicle while intoxicated, as it reduces one’s reaction time and makes it more difficult for someone to notice other vehicles and pedestrians, particularly at night.
- Reckless driving: Aggressive driving, such as tailgating, swerving between lanes and speeding, create a greater risk of accidents occurring. It’s important for motorists to remain calm and avoid reckless driving due to stress or anger.
- Inclement weather: Snowy, rainy and foggy conditions may make it difficult for drivers to see, and slick roads could make it easier for a motorist to lose control of a vehicle. Drivers must make the necessary adjustments when operating in these conditions.
- Poor road conditions: Government agencies in charge of road upkeep may be at fault for a crash if they have failed to maintain adequate conditions for motorists.
As you can see, there may be a number of parties or conditions that can contribute to a crash. Our attorneys thoroughly investigate the circumstances surrounding your auto accident, helping to determine fault and taking swift legal action on your behalf. This may include seeking compensation from the responsible parties and their insurance companies.
Speak with an experienced auto accident lawyer today
If you or someone close to you has been seriously injured in an auto accident, work with the compassionate attorneys at Silvern & Bulger, P.C. From our office in Lakewood, we proudly service individuals and families in Jefferson, Adams, Denver, Arapahoe, Douglas, Boulder and Broomfield counties. For a free initial consultation, call 303-292-0044 or contact us online.