Understanding Your Case

In the aftermath of a car wreck, figuring out the steps to secure justice and compensation can be daunting. Without the right assistance, it can sometimes seem impossible. This blog focuses on what you need to prove to win a car wreck case in Columbus, Georgia, Phenix City, Alabama, Ft. Moore, Georgia- and the surrounding areas. Understanding these elements is crucial for the successful prosecution of a personal injury case.

  1. Establishing Fault

To win a car wreck case, the most important element you must prove is fault. To do that, the law requires that the injured party establish that a (or multiple) defendant had a duty to act in a reasonable manner and FAILED TO DO SO. When that is established, the party responsible for causing the car accident is liable for any damage the other party incurs. Fault is proven through evidence that illustrates negligence. For example, traffic cameras, eyewitness testimonies, and police reports can all establish which party violated the relevant traffic laws in the jurisdiction and thereby caused or contributed to the accident. A study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration highlights that driver error accounts for over 90% of all traffic accidents, underscoring the importance of proving negligence in car wreck cases (NHTSA).

  1. Proof of Negligence

In legal terms, proving negligence involves demonstrating that the other party owed a “duty” of care, breached that duty, and caused your injuries as a result. In Columbus and the Chattahoochee Valley, as in other regions, this is done by showing how the other driver’s failure to act responsibly led to the wreck. This could involve speeding, ignoring traffic signals, changing lanes without warning, or other reckless behaviors. Understanding how fault is established in a legal setting is essential for framing your case effectively.

  1. Gathering Evidence

For non-lawyers, it is important to know what type of evidence can best support your claim. After any car accident, it is advisable to:

  1. Take photographs of the accident scene, the vehicles involved, and any visible injuries.
  2. Obtain contact information from witnesses.
  3. Speak to law enforcement at the scene and provide your account of the accident.
  4. Secure a copy of the police report.
  5. Seek medical attention immediately to document your injuries.
  6. Note any nearby businesses which may have surveillance cameras in the area the accident occurred.

These steps not only assist in building a robust case but also help in accurately representing the events to an insurance company or in court.

  1. Real-Life Applications

Real-life examples underscore the importance of evidence. In one recent case, our client won a significant settlement after providing comprehensive video evidence from a security camera installed at a nearby gas station, which clearly showed the other driver running a red light. This evidence was crucial in demonstrating the driver’s negligence and securing a favorable outcome. Without video or photographic evidence, it is often up to the court to determine fault based on the testimony of the parties, which is often conflicting and/or self-serving.

It is typically up to the business whether to provide this evidence voluntarily. Working with a trustworthy local firm, with established ties in the community, can simplify this process.

Conclusion: Trust the Expertise of Gary Bruce

For over 30 years, the Law Offices of Gary Bruce have successfully represented clients in Columbus, Georgia, Phenix City, Alabama- and the surrounding Chattahoochee Valley area. With deep local ties and an understanding of state and local laws, our office can assist you in navigating the complexities of your car wreck case. We encourage you to reach out for a free consultation to discuss your specific situation and learn more about your options for recovery. Remember, having a seasoned local attorney on your side can be the key difference in your case.

As a further resource, consider watching a segment where Gary Bruce discusses this very topic on WTVM’s Legal Break in Columbus. Click here to view the video and gain more insights directly from a trusted local expert:

What Do I Need to Prove to Win a Case? (youtube.com)