If I swerve to dodge a car which causes me to slide and crash, am I at fault?

Asked on February 22, 2015 under Accident Law, Maine

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SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

It depends on whether your driving was, in that context, negligent or careless. For example, if you had to dodge because you were in the wrong lane, or overtaking someeone too quickly, or slid and crashed because you were going too fast to maintain control, then you could still be at fault and liable. It depends on whether, in the totality of the circumstances, you were careless or not.


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