When an auto accident happens, you’ll need medical treatment and a call to your auto insurer as soon as possible. Dealing with a crash can be expensive, though, so you’ll need to determine the person responsible for your accident to hold them accountable for your accident-related expenses.

You’ll need to ask, “Who is at fault for my Seattle car accident?” Unfortunately, the answer isn’t always clear, so you might need help determining who will pay for your claim.

A lawyer from Craig Swapp & Associates can help. Our attorneys understand how difficult it can be to determine the responsible party, but we’ll analyze your claim, uncover key evidence, and work to prove the at-fault party was liable.

When the Other Driver Is Responsible

In many cases, determining fault is a matter of determining which driver in a crash was responsible. In a two-person crash, this means you’ll need to prove the other driver caused the collision to seek compensation. Because Washington is a fault state for auto insurance purposes, proving that the other driver was at fault will be vital to the success of your injury claim.

Your lawyer will help by reviewing the accident and gathering evidence for your claim. For example, if another car crossed into your lane and struck you, your lawyer will focus on proving they were the ones in the wrong lane. This might come from video evidence from the scene, for example, and witness testimony.

Other Parties May Be Liable

The other driver is not, however, the only person who could be responsible for your crash. You might need to seek out a third party that might either be responsible for the other driver or responsible for the accident indirectly.

For example, if the other driver was at work while on the road, their employer might be responsible for the wreck. Employers are liable for all damage their employees cause within the scope of their positions, so if they were on the clock, their boss could be the financially responsible party.

What if you were the only car involved in the crash? In some cases, an accident can be caused by outside forces. For example, a vehicle malfunction could have been the fault of a careless manufacturer. If you were endangered because you had faulty car parts installed, then you shouldn’t have to cover your wreck-related expenses.

In other cases, your injuries could be the fault of a road hazard that should have been repaired by the Seattle Department of Transportation. This agency is responsible for the upkeep of the roadways and for any design defects that can make the roads dangerous. An experienced car wreck attorney can help you determine fault when preparing an auto accident claim.

Fight Back When Someone Else Is at Fault

Even when you’re cautious, car accidents do happen, which can mean that someone left you badly injured. When that happens, don’t let them get away with it. Seek out help from a lawyer who can help you answer the most important question for your claim: “Who is at fault for my Seattle car accident?”

There are a few possibilities, and an experienced motor vehicle accident attorney from Craig Swapp & Associates can help you narrow them down. Get started with a free claim review by reaching out today. Give us a call at 1-800-404-9000 or reach out through our online form below.