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What if the other driver claims I was at fault for the accident?

What if the other driver claims I was at fault for the accident?

It is best to get as much information about the accident as possible, and as quickly as possible, after an accident so that you can show that the other driver was at fault for the accident.
This includes getting a copy of the accident report and all photos taken at the accident scene. Often there are witnesses to an accident or what occurred immediately after the accident who are
not identified in the accident report and are only located after contacting known witnesses. If you decide to hire an attorney, the attorney will obtain all available reports, determine whether the other driver was charged with a traffic violation and, if necessary, speak with the investigating officer and any witnesses.
In Iowa you can recover a percentage of your damages even if you were partially at fault for the accident, as long as you were not more than 50% at fault. This is called comparative fault.
If you were partially at fault for an automobile accident it may be in your best interest to speak with an attorney, because there are complicated legal issues that come up in these types of cases, including determining how the accident occurred, how much in damages you are entitled to recover and how much you must pay back to your insurance carrier. Some of these issues are
discussed in greater detail in Section 6 below.

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