Most car accidents present a clear case of liability, with one party and/or their insurance accepting fault in the accident. However, sometimes there is contested liability in car accidents, in other words, a disputed liability as to who caused the accident. A rear end accident is typically clear liability, with the party in back almost always at fault. However, in certain accidents such as side-swipe accidents, or t-bone type collisions, the parties can dispute who is at fault.
A recent case that I worked on involved the latter, and was a t-bone accident in which our client was making a left handed turn on a dedicated left turn lane with a green arrow. The other party was proceeding straight in the opposite direction, and both parties collided head on. Both parties were adamant that they had a green light and the right of way. Our client was adamant she had a green light for a dedicated left turn lane while the other party claims that he had a green light and was proceeding straight through the intersection.
Many people believe that if they have a contested liability case, they won’t be able to file a claim and lawsuit for their damages and injuries. This is totally untrue! A skillful attorney can help to investigate your claims, and help to find evidence that it was in fact the other party that was at fault for the accident. A skillful and experienced attorney can conduct discovery, hire experts, and re-constructionists to determine who is at fault for an accident and to blame for the injuries and damages you have sustained.
Contested liability in car accidents makes it more challenging (if not impossible) for injured accident victims to receive proper and full compensation for the injuries and damages associated with their case. If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident and need an experienced attorney to help you get the most compensation for your damages, please contact the Law Firm of Rivers J. Morrell for a free consultation at (949)305-1400 to discuss your claims today!