If you’ve been in a car accident, determining who is at fault is crucial to you getting the justice and compensation you deserve.
While the location and intensity of the damage done to the vehicle can provide clues about how the accident unfolded, it doesn’t tell the whole story.
The person who is found to have caused the accident will be responsible – in most cases, through their insurance provider – to compensate you for medical costs, lost wages, property damage to your vehicle and any other out of pocket expenses triggered by the accident.
Keep in mind that Alaska is a “fault” state, which means the person who caused the accident is responsible for covering any costs.
If you are found to be partially responsible, your compensation may be reduced by a certain percentage.
While it rarely paints the whole picture, damage from a wreck can provide some insight into the vehicles just before the accident occurred.
For example, minor damage to one vehicle may indicate the other driver was traveling at a relatively low speed or had time to brake. Heavy damage may show the other driver was perhaps speeding or may have been driving under the influence.
Location of the damage can also provide clues, but again, in many cases, it’s not enough on its own to show fault.
Perhaps the damage was done to the rear of your vehicle and the front of the other car. That alone doesn’t mean the other diver was following too close behind. Maybe you stopped unexpectedly and to the surprise of the other driver. In some similar situations, you may face charges of reckless driving.
Beyond damage, there are other elements that can give investigators insight as to who caused an accident.
We take pride in helping our fellow Alaskans obtain the justice and compensation they deserve after being injured by someone else.
For a free consultation, call us at 907-276-58958 or reach us via email.
Barber & Associates, LLC has recovered more than 45 Million Dollars in verdicts and settlements for Injured Alaskans.
Auto accidents can happen to anyone at any time, regardless of how defensive someone may be behind the wheel. If you or someone you love has been harmed in such an incident, you have legal rights and options that need to be explored.