After a car accident, liable parties are likely to take extraordinary measures to avoid their financial obligations. However, many injury victims are shocked to find out that the at-fault driver lied to insurance. Your West Palm Beach car accident attorney will not be surprised.
We will be ready to support our claims of liability and negligence with powerful evidence we will provide to the insurance company and, if necessary, the court. Our team at Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath will do everything possible to ensure the at-fault driver is held accountable to the fullest extent of the law. Here is more about why liable parties lie and the steps we will take to prove the defendant is lying.
Liable parties prioritize their interests
When you first hear that the at-fault driver lied to insurance, you may be devastated. You may have serious concerns that the insurance company will take the driver’s word over yours. However, it is not at all uncommon for liable parties to make false claims or misrepresent themselves when discussing their case with the police, the insurance company, your attorney, or anyone else.
Our team has even seen cases where the uninsured driver claims the witness is lying. At-fault parties have been found lying on a police report car accident, lying to the car insurance company, saying no police report, and blaming injury victims for causing the accident. Remember, with Florida being a no-fault state, the liable party is more likely to lie to the insurance company as the insurer will probably pursue a subrogation claim against them to recoup what they pay you in an insurance settlement.
This is a cost the liable party will want to avoid wherever possible. You have the right to be fully compensated for every single way your life has been affected when someone else is responsible for causing your injuries. The at-fault party will not want to be on the hook for hundreds of thousands of dollars or even millions of dollars in damages. Therefore, you should prepare for those responsible to resort to unsavory tactics in an attempt to reduce their financial liability.
How to prove the at-fault driver is responsible
Your car accident attorney will be prepared to challenge the at-fault driver’s lies and unfounded shared liability accusations. One of our most important responsibilities after taking on your case will be to investigate the cause of the accident. Throughout our investigation, we will uncover and obtain valuable supporting evidence.
This way, when the liable party lies, and they surely will, our evidence will refute their information and support our claims of negligence and liability. Some examples of the evidence that could be most useful include:
- Copies of the defendant’s driving history
- Copies of the defendant’s criminal record, where applicable
- Copies of the defendant’s breath or blood alcohol test results
- Traffic cam footage of the collision
- Dashcam footage of the accident
- Testimony from witnesses to the accident
- Reports created by accident reconstructionists
- Police reports
- Analysis of crash data
- Reports from private investigators
- Photos from the damage of the accident scene
- Information regarding traffic conditions at the time of the accident
- Personal journal entries and testimony
- Testimony from vehicle mechanics
- Copies of your medical bills
- Photos of your injuries
- Statements from your physician describing your prognosis
Dealing with the insurance company will also be a top priority. The no-fault insurance laws in Florida mean you will be filing a claim against your auto insurance policy. The types of coverage you carry and the amount of coverage you purchase will determine how much the insurance company is obligated to pay you.
However, if the liable party lies when discussing how the accident occurred, you can expect some pushback from the insurance company. We will ensure the insurer has access to the evidence needed to determine liability in your case. If the insurance company does not see reason, appears to side with the liable party without just cause, or handles your claim in bad faith, we will be prepared to move forward with additional legal action against them.
Speak with a West Palm Beach car accident lawyer today
At-fault parties lie to insurance companies, police, and even court officials and juries. An experienced and skilled West Palm Beach car accident attorney at Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath will be prepared to refute the defendant’s claims with powerful supporting evidence so you can get the compensation and justice you deserve.
When you are ready to take control of your claim but are unsure where to begin, connect with our personal injury lawyers. Our team offers free consultations to car accident victims across West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton, and surrounding communities. Claim yours by completing our quick contact form or calling our office at (561) 655-1990.