Determining Fault in Intersection Accidents
To help determine fault, your attorney will need to carefully analyze the evidence. Fault matters in car accident cases in Colorado because the driver at fault for the accident will need to pay compensation to those who are injured. Fault is not always obvious.
Fortunately, your attorney can use evidence to determine whether the other driver made an error that caused the collision. For example, there might be video evidence of the collision, either from a nearby store or from a dash cam. When there is no video evidence that shows just what happened, witness testimony can also prove helpful. The witnesses can explain how the accident unfolded.
Another option is to reconstruct the accident using physical evidence, such as damage to the vehicles and the location of debris. If you managed to take photographs of the scene of the accident, then these could prove helpful. An attorney can use this information to interpret who hit who and at what speed.
Some accident victims attempt to settle cases themselves. Their thinking is that they don’t want to spend the money for a lawyer when they can submit a claim to an insurer themselves.
We think this is a mistake. Few motorists are prepared to properly analyze their injuries and assign a monetary value to them. In particular, motorists often underestimate the amount of compensation they can receive for pain and suffering or emotional distress. Because they are too conservative, many motorists leave money on the table when they negotiate their own settlements.