Who Decides Who is at Fault in an Accident Situation

Categories: Accident Victims

If you’ve ever been in a parking lot accident you know that, while injuries can be surprisingly severe at low speeds, the most confusing part can be deciding who was at fault.

Parking lot accidents are often the result of two vehicles moving to the same place at the same time. If one car is backing out and one car is driving by, and impact occurs at the exact right second, who hit who? Ask two drivers in this situation and you’ll probably get two different answers.

Who decides who is at fault when an accident occurs? Can more than one driver be at fault?

In Georgia, the decisions about who is at fault often rests with the local authorities and insurance companies. Accident reconstruction might also be done, and insurance companies may bring in expert witnesses or involve investigations into cell phone use or other distractions. The position of the vehicles at the time of the accident can also be a factor in determining fault.

There have been many situations involving vehicle damage in which the individual whose car got the worst damage believes that proves the other driver was at fault. Lots of factors can impact damage, primarily weight and speed. Just because your car got the worst of it doesn’t mean the other guy was at fault.

When injuries occur, and they do, even in low speed collisions, don’t take any chances. Call for an ambulance and make sure all victims are seen by medical professionals. Headaches and whiplash can come on even days after an accident. Pay attention to how you are feeling if you’re in an accident, even a minor fender bender.

If you need a personal injury attorney in Alpharetta, contact David Van Sant. He’s an Alpharetta Accident Lawyer who helps the victims of car accidents and truck accidents get the the help they need. For more information, contact the Law Offices of David Van Sant.