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How can you prove liability in the aftermath of a car accident?

In many cases, it is hard to describe the devastating impact that a car accident can have on a family in Illinois. Every day, drunk drivers, distracted drivers and reckless drivers cause car accidents that result in serious injuries and even deaths, ripping families apart. It is only natural that the individuals and families who are affected by these negligent drivers want to hold them accountable.

But, how do Illinois residents prove liability in the aftermath of a car accident? In the vast majority of cases, the goal will be to prove that the person who caused the accident was "negligent." Let's face it - there aren't many drivers who get on the roads of Illinois looking to cause an accident. Most car accidents occur because of some type of carelessness by a driver, such as taking their attention off of the road, using a cellphone while driving or failing to maintain their vehicle in some way. If this carelessness can be proven in court, the injured party could recover financial compensation for their injuries.

However, sometimes, the conduct in question is more overtly dangerous than sending a text message while driving. In some cases, drivers are under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or maybe they are driving at an excessively high speed. This conduct could rise to the level of "recklessness." If this can be proven, again, financial compensation could be awarded.

Proving fault in a car accident may seem easy to our readers, but the reality is that in many cases there are details that can lead to complications. Knowing what needs to be proven in court is crucial in a personal injury lawsuit.

Source: FindLaw, "Fault and Liability for Motor Vehicle Accidents," Accessed May 29, 2017

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