Determining who was at fault for a Georgia car accident is an important part of the claim process. Drivers whose act of careless or reckless behavior resulted in an injury accident may be held accountable for the damages they have caused. Determining fault and liability is not, however, always clear-cut.
After an auto accident, it is important to ask if any traffic laws were violated by any of the parties. Proving fault for an accident is made relatively easier when the at-fault driver is cited for speeding, running a red light, or driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
A driver does not have to face traffic citations or criminal charges to be held civilly liable for a crash, but citations and charges can help bolster an injured victim’s civil claim. For example, if a driver violates the established speed limit or violates the state’s ban on texting while driving, the citations for these violations may be considered evidence in the accident victim’s favor should the driver enter a guilty plea to the citations.
Right-of-way issues may also determine liability in some cases. Drivers who are turning left, for example, must yield the right of way to oncoming traffic unless they have a green arrow. Therefore, drivers responsible for turning into other vehicles can be held accountable for their actions.
A skilled car accident attorney will work with investigators to review the police report, examine the crash site, inspect the damaged vehicles, conduct eyewitness accounts, and inspect any other piece of evidence that will support the victim’s claim. The experienced auto accident injury attorneys in Georgia at the Law Offices of Wayne Grant, P.C., know how to prove fault and liability in car accident cases. If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident, please contact us at (404) 995-3955 for a free and comprehensive consultation.