Auto Accident Investigations

Posted in Legal Information by admin on the February 21st, 2011

One of the most important issues in an auto accident case is fault. Determining who was at fault for the accident can make the difference between settling a case and taking a case to trial. The most common cause of auto accidents is human error. Human error is a catch-all phrase which includes:

  • Distracted Driving;
  • Driver Fatigue;
  • Speeding;
  • Driving While Under the Influence of Drugs or Alcohol;
  • Aggressive Driving; and
  • Ignoring Traffic Control Devices and Traffic Signs.

There are a number of other factors which frequently lead to auto accidents, such as:

  • Mechanical Failures;
  • Equipment Failures
  • Faulty Roadway Design;
  • Inclement Weather; and
  • Poor Roadway Maintenance.

Accident reconstruction is usually conducted by police officers or accident reconstruction experts and begins at the scene of the accident. Auto accident reconstruction is a science that uses physics to determine the speed and location of the vehicles at the time of impact. Other factors that an accident reconstruction expert will examine in determining the cause of a traffic accident include:

  • Repair and maintenance history of the vehicles involved;
  • What the drivers were doing immediately before the accident;
  • What the drivers were doing in the hours before the accident;
  • Victim and witness statements; and
  • Roadway conditions, including weather and lighting.

Accident investigations also include a review of a variety of other information including a physical inspection of the vehicles, photos of the accident scene, photos of the vehicles, pre-impact skid marks, post-impact skid marks, measurements taken at the accident scene, the driving histories of the driver’s involved in the collision, and traffic signals and signs. All of these factors paint a picture which reconstructions experts rely on in determining the cause of an auto accident.

Accident reconstruction is usually not employed for minor traffic accidents, like fender benders. In cases involving minor traffic accidents, accident attorneys and insurance adjusters usually rely on the police report and the statements of the drivers and any witnesses. Most often, a personal injury attorney will bring in an accident reconstruction expert for cases involving serious accidents which have resulted in extensive bodily injury or death.

If you have been injured in an auto accident, you should hire an experienced Atlanta personal injury attorney immediately. Phillips Law Group, LLC will review your case, advise you of the best legal options, formulate a litigation strategy, and begin settlement negotiations with the insurance company. If settlement negotiations fail, your accident attorney will represent you at the trial. Throughout the process, your attorney’s primary goal is to help you get a satisfactory outcome and the compensation you deserve.

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