The blame game is often very unproductive, but it is a necessary part of dealing with a car crash. Police officers and insurance companies have to know who is to blame for the purpose of creating an official report and managing any insurance claims.
You know that you didn’t break the law before the crash, but the other driver still wants to blame you. Either they claim that you did something that you didn’t do or they deny what actions they took that contributed to the crash. It can be hard for police officers to make sense of who tells the truth after a collision. How do you prove that you are not the one who caused the wreck?
Through collision reconstructions
Pennsylvania police officers receive training on how to recreate the circumstances of a collision. There are also specialized software programs that can use computer data to recreate collisions and even professionals who stage collisions to prove what really happened. You may need to speak with the police officer or even bring in outside professionals to prove that you were not the one who actually caused the crash.
Through camera footage
There are video cameras all over, from dashboard cameras inside vehicles to home and business security systems that may capture driveways and nearby roads. If there is video footage of immediately before the crash or the collision itself, it will be easier for you to prove that the other driver was unsafe before the wreck.
Through witness statements
Maybe there was someone waiting at the corner to cross the road on foot, or perhaps the collision occurred at an intersection packed with stopped vehicles. There may be other people present who can affirm your version of events and help you prove that you are not the one who did something unsafe or irresponsible immediately before a collision.
While you may not want to get into a fight with the other driver over who is to blame, you also need to ensure that there are accurate records so that you can get insurance coverage or take the driver at fault to court for your medical costs and other losses. Understanding how to prove fault following a motor vehicle collision will make filing an insurance claim or lawsuit a little easier.