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About ten years ago, I was involved in a bad car accident. Another driver, who happened to be driving drunk at the time, smashed into the car I was driving. In addition to killing my daughter, the accident also left me paralyzed from the waist down. Although the case should have been cut and dry, the insurance company claimed that I was at fault. Fortunately, I worked with a lawyer who was able to fight my case for me. Without his help, I would still be paying off medical bills. I want to spread the word about the good that lawyers can do, which is why I created this website.

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Who Is At Fault After Hitting A Car That Doesn't Have It's Headlights On?

While you are on the road late at night, you might suddenly collide with a vehicle that you didn't even notice. The reason you didn't notice the vehicle was because it did not have its headlights on. Under these circumstances, you might wonder who is at fault. The best way to determine this is to ask an auto accident attorney.

How a Lack of Headlights Affects a Car Accident

All drivers are expected to operate their vehicles in a manner that is considered to be prudent. Having one's headlights off not only makes it harder for the driver to see but also makes the car much less visible and likely played a major role in the accident. 

Having the headlights on is not only a good idea but is also the law. Drivers are required to have at least two functioning headlights and taillights. They must be in operation from dusk till dawn. By not following the law, the driver will already be considered negligent. 

What To Do After the Accident

You will want to contact the police and also wait for emergency services to arrive. When the police officer arrives, inform him that the driver did not have their headlights on. The police officer might also perform a field sobriety test with the suspicion that the driver might be under the influence of alcohol.

The more negligent the other driver was during the accident, the more you may be able to maximize your compensation because there may be an attempt to hold you partially to blame for the accident through comparative negligence. If you are considered partially to blame, your settlement may be reduced.

Negligence and Causation

For the other driver to be considered at fault for the accident, you will need to prove that their negligence caused the accident and that the driver didn't have their headlights on. You must also prove that the injuries you suffered were a direct result of the accident. Therefore, it is important to speak to an auto accident attorney who knows how to get you the compensation you deserve.

Car accident cases that involve comparative negligence can be very complicated. The other driver's insurance provider will do everything possible to reduce your claim. For this reason, you will need to hire an auto accident attorney who will be able to increase the odds that you will be able to win your case.