No two car accidents are exactly the same. This is because there are so many factors that define the car accident. Some of these factors can help to determine who may be liable, or at fault, for the accident. Often both drivers are partially responsible for a car accident, to some degree. However, there are certain types of car accidents that can foreshadow the majority of the responsibility falling on the shoulders of one driver.
One of the most common types of car accidents is rear-end collisions. These collisions occur when the vehicle driving behind another is following too closely and strikes the vehicle in the rear. Fault, or liability, almost always resides with the driver of the vehicle that rear-ends the other. This is because they were probably not driving safely and following too closely.
Left-turn car accidents also fall into a similar situation as the rear-end collisions. It is almost always the fault of the driver taking the left turn instead of the driver coming from the other direction going straight. Of course, these are just rules of thumb as far as accidents go. There are exceptions that would change the liability percentage to both drivers or the other driver if certain factors occur.
Each collision may be subject to a police report. This is especially true if the accident resulted in injuries. The police will write up a full report if called to the scene of the accident and these reports can be helpful when arguing about the liability of each party for an accident.
Anyone in the Reno area who gets in a car accident should understand how legal liability works under Nevada law.
Source: FindLaw, “Car Accident Liability: Finding fault in a car crash,” Accessed May 11, 2015