A car accident occurs. Both parties get out of their vehicles and the finger pointing starts. While this is a valid reaction immediately following the accident, it is important to know that liability is not always cut and dry and the responsible party may not be who you think it is.
There are multiple parties who may hold some liability after a car accident, depending on the situation and the roles each party plays in the situation. Here are some of the parties you may want to consider taking action against after a car crash.
Who Is Responsible?
- Other drivers: This is the most common scenario and the liable party is another driver on the road who is acting recklessly. These accidents are caused by drunk driving, distracted driving, speeding, and other acts of negligence.
- Manufacturers: Auto defects are a top cause of car accidents because they often impact vital parts of the vehicle that provide safety. For instance, when brakes fail because of a defect, the vehicle won’t stop when approaching traffic. In this case, it is the manufacturer who is most often considered negligent.
- A city or municipality: If a street danger exists or there is a broken traffic signal, it can result in a serious crash. However, it is the entity responsible for the maintenance of the traffic signal and other road dangers who may be considered liable for the accident.
- Passengers: Distracted driving is one of the most common causes of crashes. However, what happens if a passenger directly causes the distraction (such as grabbing the steering wheel or blocking the view of the driver)? The passenger may be held liable for his or her contribution to the crash.
At Kershaw Talley Barlow, we work hard to determine liability and help you understand your rights to file a lawsuit against the negligent party. You should have someone on your side who can advocate on your behalf and to pursue the outcome you decide.
Our Sacramento car accident attorneys are truly committed to helping you get the most favorable results possible. You deserve compensation and justice, and we go the extra mile to help you obtain it at a time when you need it most.
Call our firm today at (916) 520-6639 to discover your rights.