Nobody likes to be the one who is blamed when things go wrong, and that’s especially true for car accidents where fault could impact a large settlement amount. It’s also not uncommon for people to lie about their role in a car accident because they believe that it will be tough to prove who’s telling the truth if it’s your word against their word. So what should you do if the other party in the accident lies to the police or insurance company about how the accident occurred? We explore how to prove how the other side is lying during a car accident claim in today’s blog.
When The Other Side Lies
One of the nice things about Minnesota being a No Fault state when it comes to car accidents is that oftentimes fault doesn’t matter, which greatly reduces the at-fault party’s desire to lie. You’ll be filing a property damage or medical claim through your own insurance company unless damages exceed $20,000 for either of those categories, so oftentimes it’s not all that important to parse out a highly accurate fault rating for the accident since you’ll each be collecting through your own policy.
However, if damages exceed these amounts, fault may become a very important factor, and it’s more likely the other side will lie about their role in the accident. So what should you do if you find out or you suspect that the other side will minimize or outright lie about their involvement in the accident? Here’s what you need to do and what can help prove your version is the truth.
Hire A Lawyer – A lawyer will be your single best resource throughout the case, regardless if the other side is telling the truth or lying to throw you under the bus. They’ll be able to help you develop a very strong case that relies on evidence and facts to help give credence to your claim.
Witness Testimony – If anyone can verify your version of events, give your lawyer their contact information. This is also why it’s so important to get the contact information of any witnesses at the scene of an accident before you leave. Third party witnesses don’t have any skin in the game, so their testimony can prove invaluable.
Videos/Photographs – Your lawyer can also work to secure surveillance videos, traffic camera footage or any other video evidence that suggests your version of events is the truth. This is also why we recommend taking numerous pictures at the scene of the accident, as a lot of evidence can be gleaned by reviewing images of the crash.
Expert Testimony – Injury lawyers also have access to accident reconstruction experts who can figure out exactly how an accident occurred without having witnessed it simply by reviewing the aftermath and using physics to understand the forces at play. If the other side’s version of events simply doesn’t add up based on the math or the physical evidence, we’ll bring in an accident reconstruction expert to help dismantle their testimony.
Testimony Inconsistency – Finally, having a lawyer by your side throughout the case will help in the event that the other side changes their story at all, or if there are inconsistencies with their version of events. A lawyer knows how to get the other side to admit to something or how to catch them in a lie, so lean on these experts if you ever find yourself in a he-said, she-said position.
Don’t let a liar cut into your car accident compensation. Instead, sync up with a team of lawyers who can help prove your case and get you the compensation you deserve. For more information, or for help with your injury case, give the team at Hey Workers a call today at (844) 439-9675.