When a car accident happens, it often occurs very quickly. It's chaotic and confusing. Even though you were directly involved, you may have no idea what happened unless you have dash camera footage you can review after the wreck. Many drivers instantly wonder if they made a mistake and caused the crash or if the other driver was at fault.
This is why it is often not wise to admit fault at the accident scene. You may honestly think you caused the crash, but it is very hard to know for sure, and you do not want to say anything to incriminate yourself without taking the time to gather all possible information.
That said, here are three reasons that other drivers may be responsible:
- The other driver did not obey a traffic signal. For instance, perhaps you had a green arrow to turn at an intersection, but the other driver ran the red light and struck you as you turned.
- The other driver hit your car from the rear. While there are rare exceptions, it is generally assumed that the car in back is at fault. The reason is that drivers must not tailgate and need to leave enough room to stop in an emergency, even if the front driver slams on the brakes.
- The other driver turned in front of you. Those left turns can be hazardous. Drivers turning left need to wait for oncoming traffic to clear before turning, but they sometimes misjudge it and turn right in front of another car. When this happens, you may not be able to avoid the impact.
Did you get hurt in an accident caused by another driver? If so, make sure you know what legal options you have.