Why can it be so hard to determine liability after a crash?

On Behalf of | Apr 19, 2022 | Wrongful Death |

If someone you love has been in a fatal crash, you want to know what happened and who is responsible as soon as possible. Unfortunately, getting these answers can be challenging for a few different reasons.

Everything happens very quickly

Often, serious crashes happen in the blink of an eye. People typically report that they never saw anything of concern until it was too late to avoid it. Other cars seem to come out of nowhere; there may only be a matter of seconds to respond.

With so much occurring in these moments, people may simply be unable to take in all the details.

Further, there can be a lot of activity on the scene before and after the crash. Traffic congestion, pedestrians, emergency responders and other elements can blur the details of the incident.

There are multiple people to blame

When multiple people are at fault, it can complicate liability and causation. 

For example, there can be several negligent parties involved in a multi-car crash. One driver may have been speeding; another may have been distracted by their phone; another may have followed other vehicles too closely.

It takes time to unravel all the details and investigate these situations. However, determining all liable parties is crucial in terms of recovering damages.

People aren’t sure of the facts

Often, the facts related to a crash are not immediately available. Insurance companies, police and investigators may need to examine several factors before confirming the cause of a crash. This process can involve scrutinizing:

  • Cell phone records
  • Witness statements
  • Surveillance videos
  • Police reports
  • Accident reconstruction assessment

Collecting and analyzing this evidence can be a lengthy process.

Getting the answers that you deserve

A fatal crash is devastating, and the aftermath can be painful and frustrating for you and other loved ones.

While the answers you need may not be immediately available, there are ways to determine what happened and who is liable for your loss. Working with law enforcement agents, insurance companies and an attorney can help you understand the factors behind a fatal accident and get you the answers you deserve.