Proving Right of Way in Car Accident Claims

Posted By Clawson & Clawson, LLP || 28-Jan-2016

What happens during the moment of a car accident is hard to recall, even for the drivers involved. Insurance adjusters are going to need to know the truth of the incident, however, before they start assigning liability and handing out settlement offers. If you are worried that it could be hard for you to prove that you had the right of way when your car accident, check out these three hints for some help.

  1. No-doubt: When someone crashes into the back of your car – rear-ender, fender bender, however you want to call it – or turns left in front of you in an opposing lane, it is almost 100% guaranteed that they will be found liable to some extent. Just point to the damage on both of your cars to piece together who was going where when the collision happened. However, even if there is no doubt that they are liable in some way, they might not be found completely liable. You should still work with an attorney to bolster your chances.
  2. Official statements: Eyewitness testimonies are great for your case but people in uniform are going to have their statements held above all the rest. Police reports, statements from rescue crews, or even notes from paramedics are powerful tools to use to your advantage. Most insurance adjusters will automatically assume a party is liable if a law enforcement officer says they were breaking a traffic law at the time of the crash.
  3. Traffic laws: The writing is sometimes write on the wall, or at least right on the web. Access local and state government sites to see traffic laws that apply to your town or county. In particular, pinpoint a page on right-of-way or street markings and research to your heart’s content. Better yet, find a car accident attorney who will do this for you.

At Clawson & Clawson, LLP our Colorado Springs personal injury attorneys can help you with all manners of car accident claims. From collisions with bicyclists to wrecks involving commercial trucks, we know the ups and downs, ins and outs of Colorado State driving laws and litigation so we can prove that you had the right of way. Doing so could secure you maximum compensation for your injuries.

Call us at (719) 602-5888 to schedule a no-cost, no-obligation case evaluation.

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