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Posted by on Oct 1, 2012 in Lawyers |

Who’s Financially Responsible When Neither Driver Is to Blame?

Usually when an auto accident occurs it is readily apparent who is at fault. Sometimes a driver has failed to yield the right of way, someone ran a red light, there were speeding, drugs, or alcohol involved, or a driver was in some other way negligent or reckless. In those cases, a personal injury lawyer will help the victim to pursue a claim with the at-fault driver and the driver’s insurance company. However, some accidents in the Sacramento area are not so cut and dried. Some times an auto accident occurs in which neither driver is to blame, but some third party is responsible and should be held liable for any injuries that are sustained as a result of the accident.

Some third party claims have to do with product defects or manufacturer error. For example, if a driver’s brakes go out and the driver collides with another auto, it cannot rightly be held that either driver was at fault for the accident, especially if the driver with the bad brakes had properly maintained and serviced them. If the driver’s lawyer can show that the brakes were faulty by design or perhaps incorrectly installed in the vehicle, then the manufacturer of the brakes and not the driver would be financially liable for any resulting medical and other costs associated with any injuries.

Sometimes an auto accident is caused by improperly marked road construction or a

failure to note dangers at all. In other instances, an overgrowth of trees or bushes can block traffic signs and a driver’s failure to see the sign leads to an accident. There have even been cases when an illegally parked vehicle has blocked a driver’s view and has therein led to an accident. In all of these instances, the responsible party, whether the entity that did not properly warn drivers of road construction, the property owner who allowed foliage to overtake road signs, or the owner of the illegally parked vehicle could be liable for any resulting injuries. When you consult with your lawyer, your lawyer can evaluate for certain who, if anyone, should be held accountable for the financial ramifications of the injuries that resulted from an auto accident.

If you have been in an auto accident and believe that a third party might be responsible, at least, in part, contact a lawyer with offices in Sacramento today to schedule and evaluation to review your case. Even when it seems like the accident was no one’s fault, there may be outside factors of which you were unaware at the time of the wreck. Contact a lawyer today to learn more.

Auto accident lawyer Sacramento – When you have been in an auto accident there may be many parties who are accountable for your injuries. A lawyer with The Jacobs Law Group in Sacramento can review your case and help you to obtain justice when you have been injured.