Treasure Island Auto Accident Attorney
While you may be one of the safest drivers out there, it is only a matter of time before someone rear-ends you, pulls out in front of you from a side street, or changes lanes into the side of your vehicle on the highway. If you were injured in any type of auto collision, the Treasure Island auto accident attorney at Reep Coleman & Stubbendorff can help you hold the at-fault driver responsible.
How Fault is Proven in a Treasure Island Auto Accident
In order to have a valid claim against the other party, you have to prove that they caused the collision, and specifically that they are over 50 percent at fault for causing it. Elements that are often used in proving fault include the following:
- Official accident report conducted by the police
- Eye witnesses statements
- The victim’s medical records (injuries sustained in the crash)
- Your statements and the other party’s statements
- The BAC level of the other driver
- Dashboard camera footage
- Traffic camera and surveillance camera footage
- Crash scene debris, treadmarks, and damage to each vehicle (forensic evidence used to essentially re-created the crash on paper)
- Expert witnesses
- Phone records
By using these and other forms of evidence, we can establish fault, minimize any liability on your behalf, and maximize your compensation. Even if the official accident report claims that you had a hand in causing the crash, it is still possible to recover damages.
Potential Causes of Auto Accidents
There are really only four causes of an auto accident: inclement weather, dangerous road conditions or design, defective auto parts, and driver error. As you may have guessed, driver error accounts for nearly all crashes, some 94 percent according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. While road engineers, city planners, politicians, the car industry, oil industry, and others are certainly at fault when it comes to how our society is so dependent on multi-ton, single-occupancy vehicles zooming around at staggering speeds, each and driver has a huge responsibility every time they get behind the wheel. This responsibility, which is a legal duty, is simply to operate their vehicle in a reasonably safe and prudent manner. Failure to do so is likely to cause a collision and injuries to other road users. The most common types of driver error include:
- Distracted driving
- Speeding, tailgating and other forms of aggressive driving/road rage
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Drowsy or fatigued driving
Call a Treasure Island Auto Accident Attorney at Reep Coleman & Stubbendorff Today
We take auto accidents as a normal and even unavoidable aspect of life, as if there were no better ways to reach our destinations than in two- to six-ton cages of steel. Many drivers choose to stick a screen in their face, or constantly travel 10 to 15 miles per hour over the speed limit, making automobiles even more dangerous than they already are. If you were involved in a wreck, the experienced Treasure Island auto accident attorney at Reep Coleman & Stubbendorff are here to help. Call us today at 727-330-6502 to schedule a free consultation.