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Is the Driver Always At-Fault?

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Most people assume that the vehicle's driver is always to blame for a car accident. However, various other liable parties may be held responsible. In this blog post, we will discuss some of the common culprits and how to determine who was responsible for an accident.

Who's At-Fault for a Car Accident?

Driver Negligence

The most common cause of car accidents is driver negligence. This includes any action taken by the driver that results in an accident, such as:

  • Speeding
  • Driving while under the influence
  • Distracted driving
  • Simply not paying attention to their surroundings

If it is determined that a driver was not following the rules of the road or was otherwise negligent, they can be held liable for any damage caused as a result of their actions.

Manufacturer Liability

Another possible cause of an accident can be attributed to faulty manufacturing or design defects in automobiles and auto parts. If a malfunction occurs due to defective parts or production flaws, then the manufacturer (or a retailer or repair shop) may be held accountable for damages caused by the accident. It is important to note that even if both drivers were negligent, if one vehicle had defective parts, its manufacturer could still be liable for some damages.

Road Conditions

The condition of roads and highways can also play a role in causing an accident. Poorly maintained roads with potholes and cracks can lead to sudden stops and swerves, which can cause significant damage and injury to drivers and passengers alike. In these cases, local governments or municipalities may be held accountable since they are responsible for maintaining roads up to safety standards.

Environmental Factors

In some cases, environmental factors such as weather conditions (rainy roads) and wildlife (deer crossing) can contribute to car accidents. Drivers can do everything they can to operate a motor vehicle safely, yet unavoidable natural accidents, sometimes called "acts of God," can still happen. In these instances, you may be able to collect compensation from your uninsured motorist coverage policy or a comprehensive coverage policy.

Fighting For Your Rights After a Car Accident

At Perrotta, Lamb & Johnson, LLC, we understand that following a car accident, the last thing you want to worry about is who's at fault and how to receive compensation for your damages. Our team of experienced personal injury attorneys will review your case and work tirelessly on your behalf to get you the maximum amount of compensation available.

Contact us today for a free consultation by calling (770) 637-7603 or filling out our form online.

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