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Proving liability after a car accident

Ohio residents who are involved in a car, bike, or motorcycle accident know that it's important to let the insurance companies know who was at fault. This is where evidence becomes crucial. The following are just a couple of the most important things that victims must present if they hope to make a strong argument.

The first is the police report. This applies only to those accidents that officers come out to, which are mostly injury crashes; however, officers may appear at non-injury crashes as well. Victims can ask officers before they leave how to request a copy of the report. This report is essential because it's the result of the officer's own investigation into the crash, including data like the tickets issued and the estimation of drivers' speed based on skid marks.

Victims are allowed to request changes to a police report if the errors are strictly factual. Changing the officer's opinion as to who was liable, though, is harder to do. They could, for example, consult their state's traffic laws to find a law that applies to their accident.

In some situations, it's easy to determine fault: rear-end accidents, for instance, or left-turn collisions. Where victims can be accused of comparative negligence, they may still be eligible for compensation but will receive a lower settlement.

All of this goes to show that victims of motor vehicle accidents could benefit from legal representation. A lawyer focused on personal injury law may be able to guide victims through the filing of a third-party insurance claim, even negotiating out of court on their behalf and litigating if those negotiations fail. Such lawyers may also have networks of professionals who can look further into the crash and see if a change should be made to the officer's fault determination.

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