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How Can You Tell Who Hit Whom in a Car Accident?

Determining Who hit Who

Six Methods fo

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ho h

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someone’s c

ccident inju

ies involves using clues

nd evidence to piece togetheho hit

hom.

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c

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Negligent D

ive

s Lie to

void Fin

nci

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esponsibility

If someone

ccident

lly h

ms you, you hope they

ould nt to m

ke things

ight. Ho

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using

c

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hen bodily inju

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de

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void consequences like the fines, fees, inc

e

sed insu

nce

tes,

nd othe

costs th

t come

ith c

using

n

ccident.

cco

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tion in just one ye

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ny h

d p

evious

eco

ds

nd

ccidents. These

lming st

tistics include:

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son d

ive

s might lie

bout

n

ccident is to

void losing thei

job, if they d

ive

comp

ny vehicle o

comme

ci

l vehicle. Othe

d

ive

s might lie to

void

cking up “points”

g

inst thei

license th

t could

esult in suspension. If you’ve been involved in

c

ccident

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ive

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ble. They

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nce comp

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cement, investig

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s,

nd fo

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The follo

ing methods could help you in you

pu

suit of justice:

Method One: Photogphic Evidence<

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hen police

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t the scene of

n

ccident, they ite do

n f

cts

nd st

tements th

t eventu

lly go into

n offici

l csh

epo

t. In some c

ses, office

s t

ke photos o

d

di

gms. But police c

n’t t

ke pictu

es of

n

ccident scene until they get to the

ccident scene.

lot could ch

nge in the time it t

kes fo

them to get the

e, like c

s moving out of the

y of t

ffic o

d

ive

le

ving the scene of the

ccident

ltogethe

. V

lu

ble evidence could be lost o

displ

ced du

ing these moments. Use you

sm

tphone to t

ke photos of

n

ccident scene. They could p

ove inc

edibly v

lu

ble.

hile

photo doesn’t necessily p

ove

h

t h

ppened, it c

n sho

clues th

t suppo

t othe

physic

l evidence, m

king it e

sie

fo

l enfo

cement,

ccident investig

to

s,

nd cou

ts to dete

mine

ho is

t f

ult.

emembe

, the

e is no such thing

s “too much evidence!” M

ke su

e to c

ptu

e close-up

nd

ide im

ges of

ll involved vehicles

nd the d

m

ge done to them,

s

ell

s you

su

oundings like sign

ge, lights, o

othe

d

m

ged p

ope

ty. Photogph the

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d’s su

f

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s

ell – slick spots o

skid m

ks could be useful in p

oving ho

the

ccident h

ppened

nd helping investig

to

s piece togethe

the f

cts. Photos c

n even point to othe

sou

ces of evidence th

t could help p

ove

ho hit

hom. Fo

ex

mple,

photo might depict

itnesses, o

could sho

video su

veill

nce c

mes in the b

ckg

ound. T

king photos o

video of

n

ccident scene—especi

lly befo

e fi

st

esponde

s

ive—could m

ke

ll the diffe

ence in you

settlement.

Method T

o: Video

eco

ding

Like photog

phs, video

eco

dings of

n

ccident p

ovide undeni

ble evidence

bout

ho hit

hom in

c

ccident. M

ny people choose to inst

ll d

shbo

d c

mes in thei

vehicles. If you don’t h

ve

d

sh c

m, check to see if

itness o

othe

d

ive

involved in the

ccident might h

ve one.

M

ny cities

nd to

ns no

h

ve tffic c

me

s

t inte

sections,

hich p

ovide video

eco

dings th

t c

n

eve

l

ho is

t f

ult in

n

ccident. Businesses f

om

est

u

nts to convenience sto

es, b

nks,

nd

et

il shops often h

ve secu

ity c

me

s. In some c

ses, thei

secu

ity c

me

foot

ge might point to

d

st

eet

nd c

ptu

e

n

ccident. Fin

lly, p

sse

sby o

itnesses m

y

lso h

ve cell phone photos o

video of the

ccident. You

l

ye

c

n discove

nd ev

lu

te the usefulness of these files fo

you

c

ccident cl

im.

Video foot

ge of youccident helps investig

to

s get the

e

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t-f

ult d

ive

s e t

ying to dodge

esponsibility. Police

on’t

lys seek out this video, even if it exists, but

n expe

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nd

esou

ces needed to hunt do

n this evidence fo

you

nd you

c

se.

Method Th

ee:

itness St

tements

If

c

ccident occu

s on

busy st

eet, othe

c

s might stop

nd help. In some c

ses, these moto

ists

itnessed the c

ccident

nd

ill stick ound to give thei

st

tement to the police. But

eg

dless of

hethe

itness

its fo

police

nd eme

gency

esponse te

ms to

ive

t the scene of the

ccident, you should

sk fo

thei

cont

ct info

m

tion.

itness st

tements c

n se

ve

s

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ful tool to help suppo

t youecollection of

n

ccident

nd c

n help police come to

conclusion

bout

ho hit

hom. Sometimes

itnesses might not h

ve

ll the det

ils of

n

ccident, but they c

n still help fill in the g

ps

bout

h

t h

ppened immedi

tely befo

e ofte tffic csh. It’s unlikely th

t

itness testimony by itself

ill dete

mine

ho c

used

c

ccident (

lthough it ce

t

inly could in some c

ses). Yet,

hen combined

ith othe

evidence

nd the police

epo

t,

itness st

tements c

n become v

lu

ble tools to elimin

te questions

bout the c

use of –

nd fin

nci

l li

bility fo

c

ccident. This is

hy it’s impo

t

nt to collect the cont

ct info

m

tion of

s m

ny

itnesses

s possible

fte c

ccident.

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