This may seem like an obvious question with an obvious answer; when two vehicles collide, it must be because one driver made a mistake that caused the crash. But the truth is that this is not always the case, and determining who is at fault for an accident may not be so simple.
Often a third party shares blame for what happened. A Louisville car accident lawyer can help determine who is at fault for your accident and build your case to see that you receive the financial compensation you deserve.
How is Fault Assigned in a Kentucky Car Accident?
The state of Kentucky is a pure comparative fault state, which means fault in a crash is distributed between all involved parties. Drivers are responsible for the percentage of fault that is assigned to them.
A study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration showed that 99 percent of crashes are caused by driver error. Many crashes involve one driver who is solely responsible.
Third parties may share as percentage as well. Some potential third parties responsible in a crash are a driver’s employer, an automobile or parts manufacturer, a physician who failed to warn a driver of medication side effects, a contractor who improperly marked a construction zone, a bar or restaurant that over served alcohol to a customer, or a business or party host that served alcohol to someone under the age of 21.
What to Expect if a Third Party is Responsible for Your Crash
If third parties are assigned fault in a crash, this will give rise to a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit. These lawsuits can quickly become complicated, and your attorney will work with investigators to analyze evidence and prove fault in your case.
Police reports, witness statements, crash scene data, vehicle damage, driver cell phone data, and vehicle parts recall notices are examples of evidence that can help prove a third party is responsible. Your attorney will work to settle your third party case without going to court, leading to faster financial compensation for your damages.
Holding all at-fault parties responsible for your accident ensures that you will receive the maximum amount of money you need to pay for your recovery and return your life to normal. Thomas Law Offices is experienced in handling these complicated third party car accident cases, and believes that every victim in Kentucky should have a legal partner who is looking out for their best interests.
If you or someone you love has been involved in a car accident where potentially more than one party is responsible, our legal team can help. Contact us today for a free, no-obligation consultation of your case.