How is fault determined in an auto accident?

In general, the driver responsible for the accident is considered at-fault. The police report plays a key role in determining what happened. The police report gathers the versions of what transpired from each party, any witness recollections, assesses the damage and then uses the information gathered to make a determination as to who is at fault. State your version of the events as they occurred and let the police officer determine fault based on the evidence at the scene as the officer sees them.

Before police arrive, you would be well advised to gather whatever evidence of the accident you can. Such evidence includes photographs of the damaged areas on each vehicle, information from the other party/parties involved, and witness accounts of what happened. Provide the police with this information when they arrive. It would also be wise not to admit fault for the accident, even if you feel you are at fault. There may be factors you aren’t aware of which authorities and insurers can use to determine fault.

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