How Do I Legally Prove Who Was at Fault for an CT Car Accident
In Connecticut, whether you can receive compensation for a CT car accident, and the amount of compensation you receive is determined by the relative fault of the two parties. You need to be able to prove that the other party was at fault and maximize their fault.
Connecticut uses a reasonably prudent individual standard. This means that if a person was acting in the way that a reasonably prudent individual would be expected to act, then they would not be considered negligent. There are many things that may show the other driver was not acting a reasonably prudent fashion. One of the most common indicators is using traffic citations. If the other driver was cited for a traffic violation, it tends to indicate that they were at fault.
In the absence of a citation or when working against a citation, you can utilize other sources of information. You can give your account of the accident, but because of your vested interest, your account may not carry much weight.
Witnesses from the scene are useful, but even more useful can be mechanical witnesses. Many intersections have cameras set up to catch violators. You may be able to get footage from one of these cameras to show what actually happened. If your car (or the other driver's car) is equipped with an onboard data recorder, this can provide useful information that will give insight into the circumstances of an CT car accident.
At Hastings, Cohan, & Walsh, LLP we have experience determining fault in CT car accident cases so our clients can get the compensation they deserve after an accident. To learn how we might be able to help you, please contact us today to schedule a free consultation at one of our ten locations in Connecticut.