According to the US Department of Transportation, more than 33,000 motor vehicle fatalities were recorded in 2019. Additionally, thousands of people found themselves handicapped and seriously injured due to negligence. If a negligent driver caused the death of a loved one, It is within your rights to file a wrongful death claim.
A wrongful death claim is a type of lawsuit that a bereaved family member files to seek compensation for the wrongful death of their loved one. If the accident resulted in serious injuries resulting in the loss of income or paralysis, you could file a personal injury lawsuit. An injury lawsuit is a legal claim that a negligent party caused harm or injury to another person.
Whether it is a wrongful death claim or a personal injury lawsuit, the plaintiff will be required to prove that the other party was at fault. If you do not prove this, you will not win your lawsuit. For this reason, we advise that you always work with a car accident lawyer. A car accident lawyer can help you prove liability because we have years of experience handling such cases.
Ways Lawyers Investigate Liability in Car Accident Cases
Obtain a Police Accident Report
One strategy we use to investigate liability is through obtaining a police accident report. This is a report created by the police officer who was the first to respond to the scene of a crash. The report has crashed-related details such as the approximate date and time of the accident and information on the involved parties.
The accident report also has information about witnesses, general weather conditions, information on violated laws, and most importantly, an opinion on who caused the accident.
Another strategy that we use to investigate liability in car accident cases is to interview witnesses so that we know what they know about the accident. In most cases, we arrange a meeting with witnesses so that we can detect if they are telling the truth. If the witness statement corroborates your story, it becomes easier to prove liability.’
Use of Surveillance Footage
Our work as lawyers becomes easy if the car accident happens in an area with surveillance footage. Unlike witness statements that insurance companies can dispute, video evidence is much harder to ignore and challenge in court. When you give us a call, we first check whether the crash scene had traffic cameras, which we will use to prove liability.
Apart from traffic cameras, we will also rely on car dash cameras to investigate the crash. Dashboard cameras are more valuable than regular cameras because they can show the speed and exact moment an accident occurred.
Work with Us to Prove Liability
In some cases, we can also get a court order to retrieve phone records of the other driver, which will allow us to determine whether they were using their phone while driving. It is also important to note that we work with several accident reconstruction experts who can scientifically determine the cause of the accident.
To get in touch with a reliable car accident attorney, contact The Kindley Firm, APC, by dialing 619-550-1313 or by completing the contact form on this website.