Fault is a legal term which is commonly used in personal injury claims to state who’s responsible for the accident. Fault is a very important factor that needs to be supported with some evidence against the defendant for the accuser to be able to win the case. The claimant has to be able to prove that it was the defendant’s actions that cause the accident. The most obvious fault cases are assault cases where someone attacks another person causing damage. A lot of auto injury claims have multiple aspects and contributing factors, which could have caused the accident making it very difficult to place the blame on the defendant. A common tactic that a lot of defendants will use is to try and place the fault on an exterior an uncontrollable factor. There are a lot of auto injury claims, which are blamed on weather which in a lot of cases actually caused the accident. However, most accidents are caused by negligence or recklessness. In any injury claim, there are exterior factors, which could have contributed to the accident the accuser has to be able to pin the negligence and liability on the defendant.
There are a couple of ways to call fault legally in an injury claim. The first and the most trusted method is the police report this is the best document you have on your side. Another way that it’s accusers call fault against the defendant is with witnesses who saw the accident. A lot of times a witness is used because they saw the actual accident and can give details as to whether or not the driver was going too fast or not paying attention. These types of details can generally not be determined by the police report because it was made after the accident. However, it normally tells which driver caused the accident and therefore, who is liable to pay for the damages.
In most cases, you will need some form of evidence that clearly shows the accident was the defendant’s fault, and you were an innocent bystander of their actions. Another common defense tactic which defendants will use is to try and place the blame/fault on you, and they will try to reverse the accusations made against them. If the defendant can convince the jury that the accuser played an equal role in the accident, and it is not just the defendant’s fault is becomes more unlikely for any compensation to be award. There are a lot of different ways that fault is classified and laws vary heavily between states. The first thing you want to do is find the various laws that are important to your claim and adjust your preparation and documentation for the courtroom.