Investigating Automobile Accidents – the First 24 Hours Is Critical

auto investigationWhenever my firm receives an automobile accident referral, we act immediately, because time is critical. In a serious automobile accident, the early stages of investigation are so important because evidence fades or gets destroyed over time. Seemingly small details, like scorch marks, gouges, or tire marks in the road are valuable evidence that needs to be examined and photographed by experts.

I once represented a person who was so severely injured in a motorcycle accident that he spent weeks in the hospital. Although the police department had an on-site investigator that did his best to preserve evidence and perform an accident reconstruction, that officer only did accident reconstruction on a part-time basis. He made some mistakes in taking measurements of skid marks that ended up being central to the case. Unfortunately, that referral came to us well after the accident took place, so by the time we were able to get our own investigator, the skid marks were all but gone. We still managed to get a good result in the case, but that was much more difficult because we did not have access to the accident scene immediately after the accident.

If you’ve been injured in an automobile accident, hiring an experienced attorney is so important. Many attorneys dabble in auto accident claims, but few have the practical experience of investigating and representing injured people in serious accidents. I have been doing this for over ten years, and have prosecuted these types of cases at the highest levels. If you need help, please contact me.