In some car accident cases, it is easy to determine fault. For example, a driver turns left in front of you or rear-ends you at a red light. The insurance company for the driver may not fight your claim too aggressively, but don’t always assume it is a clear-cut case. Even in simple cases, an insurance company may decide it is in its best interest to fight the claim to pay as little as possible to the accident victim.
However, when fault is disputed, the insurance company may aggressively fight the claim to avoid paying damages to the accident victim, especially if the damages are substantial. In these cases, it may be necessary to hire an accident reconstructionist to help prove that the other driver caused the accident.
Fault in California Car Accident Cases
Proving fault is crucial in California car accident cases. If you cannot prove fault, you cannot receive compensation for your injuries, losses, and damages. Therefore, your personal injury attorney will conduct a thorough accident investigation to identify the responsible parties and gather evidence to use in proving the other driver is at fault. This process may include hiring experts, including an accident reconstructionist, to build a strong case against the other driver.
What is an Accident Reconstructionist?
An accident reconstructionist is an expert who uses the evidence to “reconstruct” the accident to show how the accident happened. The accident reconstructionist uses a variety of tools to show how each vehicle contributed to the collision. By reconstructing how the accident happened, the accident reconstructionist can show which driver was responsible for the crash. In some cases, the other driver’s insurance company may also hire experts to prove their version of what happened.
Therefore, it is important to hire an experienced Fresno car accident attorney who handles complex, disputed accident claims. An experienced attorney understands what needs to be done in a complex case to protect the client’s ability to receive compensation for his or her injuries.
If the insurance company for the other driver tells you that you were at fault for the accident or that the company is going to deny your claim for lack of evidence, you need to call an attorney immediately. Don’t try to argue with the adjuster because you may end up saying something that can hurt your claim. Instead, hire an experienced legal team to fight this battle for you while you focus on your health and your recovery.
Call a Fresno Car Accident Attorney
Remember, the insurance adjuster for the other driver does NOT work for you. He works for the insurance company; therefore, he will do what is in the best interest of the insurance company. Don’t accept what the insurance adjuster tells you — discuss your case with a Fresno car accident attorney who will work to protect YOUR best interest. You deserve to have someone looking out for your rights and working to get you the best settlement possible for your car accident claim.
Call the Fresno car accident attorneys of Torem & Associates at 1-800-954-4444 for a free consultation. You may also contact our office by using the contact form on our website. Our attorneys accept most cases on a contingency fee basis — you won’t pay any attorney’s fees until and unless we win a settlement for you.