Who Is Liable for My Car Accident?

Posted By Sawl Law Group || 22-May-2015

After a car accident, many people report a sense of disorientation or confusion. Trying to collect the facts as to what happened is often a difficult task, as even the parties involved might not have a clear idea. Was the other person speeding? Were the roads slick with oil? What really happened?

Don't Take the Blame

The first thing you need to know is to never admit fault – ever. Even if you feel you were solely responsible for the accident, you might not be. While apologizing might be a courteous instinct for you, it could also be seen as an admission of guilt, if only partially. As hard as it might be, you should resist saying you're sorry to other parties involved in your car accident until liability has been determined. It can't be overstated – never admit fault after an auto collision.

Who is liable for my car accident?

Ultimate responsibility for a car accident could fall upon one person based on the findings of the insurance providers. In some circumstances, if it is not clear who really is to blame, liability may be split evenly amongst everyone involved.

Three of the other parties who may be liable include:

  • Other drivers: Although this may seem obvious, people often don't consider that the other driver may have been operating their vehicle negligently or recklessly. For example, it might seem like you are fully at fault, unaware that the other driver was on their cell phone and not paying attention.
  • Auto mechanics: If your car accident results directly from a mechanical fault in your vehicle, such as brake or taillight failures, and your car was recently serviced, the repair shop may be partially liable. Such responsibilities may even extend to the manufacturer for defective parts.
  • Roadway service crews: The streets themselves might be in unacceptable disrepair, or appropriate warning signs might not be displayed properly, resulting in your collision. In this scenario, it could be especially difficult proving liability without an experienced car accident attorney.

Stay Quiet and Speak to a Car Accident Lawyer Today

If you have been in a car accident, it should be said one more time – do not admit fault. Circumstances can be varied and outside factors might be innumerable. Liability may fall into anyone's hands, fair or not. A Fresno car accident attorney from the Sawl Law Group can do the legwork for you and help you seek financial compensation if you were the victim of a collision that you feel you did not cause. Or, if someone is putting unjust liability onto your shoulders, we can use our more than 40 years of combined legal experience to build your case and defend you in court.

We look forward to working with you. Call 599.266.9800 now for a free consultation.