What happens after a car accident could significantly depend on the collision’s circumstances. Certain cases are simple, such as rear-end crashes, where determining who is at fault is often straightforward. However, specific incidents are more complicated, requiring more detailed investigations.
One of the most common is a T-bone collision. It happens when one vehicle crashes into the side of another vehicle, forming a T shape. It often takes place at intersections where drivers might fail to yield to turning or passing cars.
If one of the drivers ignored traffic signals and turned or passed improperly, it is easy to determine fault in a T-bone crash. It is common for one or both parties in the incident to commit the following risky behaviors:
- Distracted driving such as eating or using a phone behind the wheel
- Driving while impaired or fatigued
- Running red lights
- Other reckless driving habits
However, certain collisions might be more complex. Sometimes, slippery roads and unfavorable road conditions could contribute to the incident. In these situations, an investigation could clarify who is liable for the crash, allowing victims to file claims appropriately.
Who could be at fault?
In most cases, the driver who drove recklessly or violated traffic rules is at fault. However, the liability could fall on other parties indirectly involved in the collision.
If the road has poor design and could increase the chances of an accident, the local government might be at fault. If the crash happened because of a vehicle defect or improper repair job, a manufacturer or service provider could receive blame for the incident.
Still, these details might not be apparent right after the crash. The best way to accurately determine fault is by thoroughly investigating the incident and receiving dependable legal counsel.