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What Happens When Both Drivers In A Car Crash Claim They Had The Green Light – Who Pays?

What Happens When Both Drivers In A Car Crash Claim They Had The Green Light – Who Pays?

When both parties to a car accident claim that the light was green, it can be difficult to determine who is at fault for the accident. In such cases, the police may investigate the accident and gather evidence, such as witness statements and traffic camera footage, to determine who had the right of way. Additionally, an insurance company may conduct their own investigation and make a determination of fault based on the evidence they collect. Ultimately, the determination of fault may be made by a court of law.

WHAT IF THERE ARE NO WITNESSES TO COLLISION?

If there are no witnesses to a car collision, determining fault can be more challenging. In such cases, the police may rely on physical evidence at the scene, such as skid marks or damage to the vehicles, to make an initial determination of fault. Additionally, both parties may provide their own account of what happened, but without independent witnesses, it can be difficult to confirm their statements. In this situation, insurance companies may also conduct an investigation, which may include taking statements from both parties and reconstructing the accident using the physical evidence. If the investigation does not provide enough evidence to make a determination of fault, the case may be considered a “he said, she said” and the insurance company may split the liability or the case may have to be solved in court.

ARE “GREEN LIGHT” CAR WRECK CASES DIFFICULT?

Car accident cases involving a “green light” can be difficult to determine fault, as both parties may have a valid claim that the light was green when they entered the intersection. However, it is important to note that just because a traffic signal shows green, it does not mean that all drivers have the right of way. Drivers must also obey other traffic laws and be aware of their surroundings before proceeding.
In such cases, the police may investigate the accident and gather evidence, such as witness statements and traffic camera footage, to determine who had the right of way. Additionally, an insurance company may conduct their own investigation and make a determination of fault based on the evidence they collect. The investigation may include the examination of the traffic signals and the timing of the traffic lights, the position of the vehicles before and after the collision, the damage on the vehicles and the skid marks.

Ultimately, determining fault in a car accident case can be challenging, and evidence and legal considerations will be taken into account to reach a conclusion. It is important to note that the burden of proof is on the party who is claiming to be not at fault, and if the case goes to court a jury or a judge will decide based on a preponderance of evidence.

WHO PAYS IF BOTH PARTIES TO A CAR CRASH CLAIM THEY HAD THE GREEN LIGHT?

If both parties to a car accident claim that they had the green light, determining fault and who is responsible for paying for the damages can be challenging. In such cases, the police may investigate the accident and gather evidence, such as witness statements and traffic camera footage, to determine who had the right of way. Additionally, an insurance company may conduct their own investigation and make a determination of fault based on the evidence they collect.

If the evidence does not clearly indicate who is at fault, the insurance company may split the liability for the accident, meaning that each party’s insurance company would pay for the damages to their respective policyholder’s vehicle.

If the investigation does not provide enough evidence to make a determination of fault, the case may be considered a “he said, she said” and the insurance company may split the liability or the case may have to be solved in court. Ultimately, the court will decide based on the evidence presented, who is at fault and the liability for the accident will be established.

If you have been injured by a negligent driver who ran a red light, and you need to know your options, please call us at 423-892-5533 or email us at office@dennisandking.com or chat with us right here on this website.  We can help you even if you don’t hire us.

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