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Factors that are considered to determine if you were at fault

You are dealing with the emotionally traumatic and financially challenging aftermath of having been involved in a car accident. Your recollection of events includes some details, but there are discrepancies in the stories of you and the other driver involved. How will investigators really know who was at fault? What are your responsibilities going to be? At E & E Law Group, we have helped many people in California to work through the sometimes-complicated process following a motor vehicle accident. 

Investigators have been trained to recognize certain clues and pieces of evidence that aid in rebuilding exactly what happened in the crash you were in. Their extensive efforts to reconstruct the scene allow them to reach conclusions about whether or not you or the other driver is at fault. According to State of California Department of Motor Vehicles, there are many factors that authorities assess in their investigative efforts. Thorough analysis will allow them to make an educated assumption in who was at fault and whether or not you are responsible for the accident. Some of the things they look at include the following:

  • Point of impact
  • Injuries
  • Legal speed limit and how fast you were traveling
  • Visibility
  • Vehicle damage
  • Sobriety

When you are familiar with the different factors that authorities may analyze in regards to the car accident you were in, you may be better able to prepare for the outcome and more confident in the report you are given. For more information about car accidents, visit our web page.  

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