How Do You Determine Fault in a Motor Vehicle Accident?

When a car crash occurs, you always must determine who is at fault for the crash. Fault is relevant in a number of ways, but is particularly relevant in a case that involves property damage or personal injuries. Depending on who is at fault for the accident, that individual can be liable for paying for the costs of the damage or the treatment of any injuries, usually through his or her vehicle insurance policy. In some cases, however, it can be difficult to establish who is at fault for a crash, or more than one party may be at fault for the crash. The question of fault also can be a contested issue in a personal injury case, when the parties do not agree about who caused the accident.

Determining fault for a Wisconsin motor vehicle crash is dependent upon evidence, much of which must be gathered at the scene of the crash. Evidence might include witness observations or statements regarding the accident, the placement of the vehicles involved after the crash occurs, the location of damages to each vehicle, and skid marks left at the scene. Whether the drivers involved in the crash were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash also can be relevant under Wisconsin law for determining fault in a motor vehicle collision. Finally, statements made by the drivers following the crash may be useful in terms of determining fault.

The experienced Wisconsin personal injury attorneys of Boller & Vaughan are here to help you through the aftermath of a motor vehicle crash, no matter how great the damages or injuries may be. We can look into the circumstances surrounding your accident, assess the situation, and evaluate any claims that you may have for damages. We know how to determine fault in a car accident, and build a strong personal injury claim based on that determination. Contact our office today in order to schedule a free initial consultation about any potential claim that you may have.


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