What If I Was Partially at Fault for an Accident?

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The day you were involved in a car accident may have left long-lasting repercussions in your life. You may have lost your car or may have had to spend many days using alternative transportation while it was getting repaired. You may have suffered injuries that require medical attention to this day, and even your job and your wages may have been affected.

But there is something else that has had an impact on you since the accident happened: you may be losing sleep, wondering if the accident was your fault, or if you are at least partially to blame for what happened.

Are You Really Partially At Fault?

There are plenty of ways for you to feel partially responsible for an accident. From your own perspective, you may be sure you acted in such a way as to make the accident happen. But, wait! Don’t rush to admit blame. When the experts either at the police department or the insurance company study the scene, they may contradict your opinion. They may conclude that either you did nothing wrong or that there is not enough evidence to prove what you did or didn’t do. Or better yet, that it was the other party’s actions that provoked the collision.

What Should You Do?

The first thing you need to do is get in touch with a personal injury attorney and listen to their advice. They will probably suggest that the most you should do, if you are able, is step out of your car, see what happened to your car, and offer help to the other driver, such as calling the police or an ambulance. You should never say out loud that the fault is yours. What happens generally when someone admits blame is that very few further investigations are carried out to verify whether your statement is true. It is immediately taken as a fact.

What Can Your Attorney Do?

To begin with, your attorney will take the necessary steps to reconstruct what happened. This way blame can be placed on the correct driver. They will surely use a reconstruction team that will be able to pinpoint the exact reason the accident happened.

Avoid the temptation of accepting cash or checks at the scene, before your attorney can advise you as to what is the right way to proceed. You most likely want to get as much as you are entitled to from the insurance of the other driver, and the first amount offered will probably not be it.

If the experts determine that you are partially at fault, all is not lost. You may still receive a reduced amount from the party. Place yourself in your attorney’s hands. Let them map out the most advisable course of action. You certainly don’t want to have to face all the possible ramifications of the case on your own. You also don’t want to place yourself in future financial stress, end up having to pay higher insurance rates or receive very little in damages.

San Diego Injury Trial Lawyers has a team of personal injury accident lawyers ready to hear your case, answer all your questions and prepare the best strategy whether you are at fault in an accident or not. Give them a call today.

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