How Do I Prove That Another Driver Hit My Car?
If you suffered an injury in a car accident, it’s likely that you have many questions and concerns. These often include: Who is going to pay for my medical bills? Who is going to replace my lost income? Who is going to fix my vehicle? Perhaps, most importantly, how am I going to prove that someone else hit my car?
In Most Cases, You Won’t Have to Prove Anything but Your Damages
In most car accident cases, the at-fault party (or the insurance company) does not contest liability. This means that the other party concedes to causing the accident, leaving the only issue in question the amount of damages incurred by the victim. Victims, however, should still retain an attorney—even if their case is uncontested—to ensure that they recover the compensation they deserve.
Call the Police
The best way to ensure that you have evidence that someone else hit your car is to call the police as soon as you can after an accident. When the police show up, they will evaluate the scene and take statements from you and the other driver. In many cases, they will make a determination about fault based on their professional opinions. While this is not the last word in the matter, it can make a significant impact on the outcome of a case. In addition, if police issue a citation to the other driver, you may use that citation as evidence of fault should the other driver later contest the issue.
A Lawyer Can Help
In some accident cases, there is no legitimate dispute as to which driver caused the accident. When this occurs, victims need to retain an experienced attorney to protect their rights. A lawyer can use a legal process known as discovery to compel the production of evidence that a non-lawyer would likely find difficult to obtain without help.
Evidence that could determine fault in a car accident includes surveillance footage that may have captured the accident taking place, vehicle computer data, cell phone records, and medical records. In particularly complicated cases, an attorney may enlist the assistance of an accident reconstruction expert to develop evidence of negligence on the part of the other driver.
Injured in an Accident? Call Polito & Harrington Today to Speak with a New London Personal Injury Lawyer
If you suffered an injury in a car crash, speak to an attorney right away. The lawyers of Polito & Harrington will review the facts of your case at no cost to you and let you know whether we believe you have a claim to pursue. To schedule a free case evaluation with an attorney, call our office today at (860) 447-3300 or contact us online.