How to determine fault after a car accident
If you have been involved in a car accident in Rhode Island, you were likely left wondering who was at fault. In almost any type of accident, the collision was caused by the mistakes made by one or both drivers, meaning that either you or the other driver will be given responsibility for the crash. We at Karns & Kerrison can help you navigate the complicated legal aspects of a car accident and represent your rights in court.
According to Findlaw, one of the best ways to find out whether or not you were deemed liable is by obtaining a copy of the police report from the crash. If an officer was called to the scene, he or she should have recorded the details of the accident and made a statement about who was at fault. You can obtain a copy of this by visiting the police station nearest to the scene of the wreck.
If a police report has not yet been made and the accident just occurred, the police officer will likely use the evidence at the scene of the crash to determine fault. Your statement and that of the other driver will be taken into account, but so will the physical effects of the accident. Skid-marks on the road and the points of impact on both vehicles can offer clues.
If you find that the police report lists you as responsible and you do not believe the accident was your fault, you can request an amendment from the appropriate department. For more information on this topic, please visit our web page.