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What is liability and how do I prove it?

In a motor vehicle accident scenario, liability occurs when the negligent or purposeful actions of another person are at fault for the injuries or damages of another. In some accidents, liability can be assigned to more than one person -- in some cases, as with a truck accident where someone owns and maintains the vehicle and another person drives, liability might even lay with someone who was not physically involved in the incident.

Proving liability is at the heart of many civil lawsuits associated with car accidents. Sometimes, liability is obvious in a case and an insurance covers damages without any further steps necessary. Other times, liability is not as obvious or the insurance company takes issue with the amount of damage or expenses being claimed. In these cases, you might have to involve the legal system and a legal professional when seeking compensation for injuries.

Experienced lawyers who deal with personal injury cases understand the need to seek evidence for building a case. They can help you gain copies of documents, such as police reports or medical records and understand how the content of those documents helps prove liability. Attorneys are also able to set up depositions, which involves questioning witnesses or parties to the accident outside of a courtroom. Depositions are not simply interviews -- they are more official legal discovery meetings that can lead to viable information to support your case.

Proving liability is not always easy, and it can mean the difference between struggling after an accident and receiving the financial support needed for a less stressful recovery. By working with a professional, you can help improve your chances of proving liability.

Source: FindLaw, "Car Accident Liability: Proving Fault in a Car Crash," accessed Feb. 19, 2016

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