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A closer look at how fault is determined in a car accident

For occupants of vehicles involved in a car accident, the process of how everything unfolded often seems quite clear. Often, many people feel that they were justified and the other vehicles involved were the ones to blame. While some accidents are clear, cut and dry, others require extensive reconstruction to determine who was indeed at fault. While the process varies from accident to accident, fault in most California car accidents is determined largely the same way. 

According to Esurance, people should never make the mistake of admitting that they are the party to blame at the scene of an accident. If people are confident that their actions resulted in the accident, they should still wait until authorities and their insurance company make that discovery by themselves. Sometimes, an objective point of view reveals different facts that you may have not been aware were even contributors in your accident. 

Fault is most often determined through evidence that is gathered at the scene of the car accident. Victims involved in the accident, as well as the authorities should make note of all details in and around the accident scene. Witnesses can play a valuable role in recalling what happened and how things unfolded. Photographs are powerful evidence and should be taken when possible to provide a visual of what happened. 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that in the year 2016, there were 3,623 fatalities resulting from traffic accidents in the state of California. This number was up from the reported 3,387 traffic fatalities in the year 2015. 

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