There are many factors that go into a car accident, and some of these factors may change depending on the circumstances. Even something as simple as the time of day can affect a car accident: imagine you are driving west in the morning, and the sun blinds a driver on the opposite side of the road, who then swerves into your lane and strikes you. Had you been driving in the evening, this accident may have been avoided.
Because there are so many different things that can affect a car accident, it can be difficult to prove who was at fault. This is why police often investigate an accident and make a report, which is generally treated as a definitive recounting of events. However, police do not always get it right, and you should know that you can amend a police report. If the report determines you were at fault based on the circumstances, you may be able to add your own testimony or other evidence to contradict the police report and prove that you were not at fault.
In some accidents, there is little doubt regarding who was at fault. Rear end accidents, for example, are almost always considered the fault of the person in the back, and only in rare circumstances is the fault determined to be on the party who was rear-ended. Left-turn accidents share a similar rule of thumb, with the fault almost always lying on the party turning left.
Regardless of the circumstances of your accident, perhaps the best chance you have at proving you were not at fault is to contact an attorney who is familiar with accident law in your area. Tennessee residents who fear that they may be found at fault in an accident are encouraged to seek legal assistance to offer them an expert opinion on their circumstances and the options they can take to prove their innocence.