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Apr 29, 2015

Some of the most commonly disputed accident cases are those that involve red lights. The logic is simple: whoever ran the red light is almost always the person who caused the accident. Defendants in red light cases will often claim that their light was green. Without some sort of evidence, it can be difficult to prove who caused the accident when the only evidence is the two drivers’ different statements.

Securing a Witness

It is absolutely critical that you collect any witness’ personal information at the time your accident occurs. Additionally, you should call the police and request a written police report. Police reports and witness testimony are what prove your story. For example, if the other driver claims the light was green, the witness’ testimony or the police report can show that he or she is lying to avoid liability. If you do not have witness and you do not call the police, it can be very difficult to prove liability after the fact.

If the damage is minimal, you may consider simply exchanging insurance information and leaving the scene, which is a huge mistake. Leaving the scene without a police report or witness information will make winning a disputed liability case at a later date practically impossible. If you are involved in an accident involving a red light, make sure to take the extra time to handle the accident correctly, so you can avoid trouble down the line.

West Coast Trial Lawyers boasts a team of experienced and successful car accident lawyers in Los Angeleswho are ready to help you win your case. For further information or to schedule an appointment with one of our attorneys please contact us at (888) 539-9582 or visit

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