A Timely Investigation Can Make a World of Difference
A motor vehicle accident can cause serious disruptions in the lives of anyone involved. If there are injuries, it is essential to get the proper medical treatment immediately. However, after injuries have been addressed, it is also important to consider protecting your legal rights. The best way to do this is by engaging a competent car accident attorney to help you. The sooner you engage your attorney, the better able they will be to assist you. Here at Curtis Legal Group, we are prepared to quickly start an investigation into your motor vehicle accident to ensure every detail counts.
Depending on the severity of the crash, your attorney may choose to conduct an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the accident. Often, debris, tire tracks, and skid marks are left after an auto accident; and, if an investigation is done early, such items may still be present at the scene. The nature and location of these items can be very helpful in determining how the accident happened and who caused it. This evidence will only be present for a short amount of time – sometimes for only a few days after the accident occurred. It is critical that you hire an attorney as soon as possible after the crash to document this evidence. Also, streets and highways change as time passes. A road may get repaved and restriped, a traffic sign may be added or removed, and foliage that blocked someone’s vision at the time of the car accident can be trimmed. It is important for your injury attorney and their team to get out to the scene as soon as possible to take pictures and measurements to document these specific items while the scene is still in the same condition as when the accident happened.
Car Accident Expert Witnesses
Experts are often consulted during a car accident investigation. Your attorney may hire an accident reconstruction expert to assist in determining the cause of the collision. This expert is usually a qualified mechanical engineer with training and experience enabling them to make the calculations necessary to accurately recreate the auto accident. The expert will want to make an early visit to the scene in order to record any helpful information. We recently had a case where our expert was able to inspect the scene of a major car crash only a couple of days after it happened. Skid marks were still visible on the pavement, and he was able to take pictures and make measurements which established that the other vehicle came over the centerline into our client’s lane, causing the collision. This evidence was extremely helpful in this case, which settled for seven figures.
An accident reconstruction expert will also want to inspect the vehicles involved, since the damage done will be helpful in determining speeds and directions of travel. Damaged vehicles are usually repaired or disposed of shortly after a car accident, so it is important to act quickly. Make sure to have all contact information for your vehicle repair shop as well the information related to any other vehicles involved. You will want to obtain the contact information for all drivers involved in the accident, no matter who was at fault, to enable your attorney and other experts to contact these individuals.
Usually there are witnesses to an auto accident. Your attorney may want to have an investigator contact them as soon after the accident as possible to get a statement. It is important to do this before time passes and their memories fade or they move out of the area and cannot be located. Their statements can make a big difference when it comes to determining fault in an investigation, as well as in court if the case comes to that. If you are able to, after the crash occurs and you have received medical treatment, politely obtain the contact information of any witnesses who saw the collision.
If you are the one injured in a car crash, it may be difficult for you to make the effort to engage an attorney. In that case, a close relative or trusted friend may be able to help you. You may not feel injured immediately after the accident and not feel the need to contact an attorney; however, after a few days injuries can start to appear as shock and adrenaline have worn off and your body is starting to feel the effects of the collision. This is why it is essential, no matter how minor you may think the roadway accident is, to engage an experienced attorney as soon as possible. You may have a serious injury that will require extensive medical treatment or recovery time and you may be entitled to financial compensation from the other parties involved in the accident for these and other losses.
California Car Accident Lawyers
At Curtis Legal Group, we will come to you if you call; no need to wait until you feel you are able to come to the office. The sooner we can start working on your case, the better the results we can get for you. Don’t let the evidence be erased – contact our office today.