Automobile crashes are often traumatic, especially when those involved are severely injured or killed. Amid this tragedy, different and sometimes contrasting explanations emerge. It may be unintentional due to the trauma surrounding the incident, or it could be an intentional effort to omit crucial information by someone trying to avoid responsibility for the collision. Of course, it is also natural for a person’s memory of the details to fade or change over time.
For these reasons, it is often helpful to bring in a trained investigator to determine the cause of the crash. A trained investigator can analyze the evidence to form an opinion on a number of topics, including whether a driver was distracted and how fast a vehicle was going before the collision.
Techniques for investigating the crash
Motor vehicle crash experts use causation forensics that helps determine the facts of a collision. They do this by going to the actual site of the collision and/or using images taken at the scene by law enforcement, insurance companies, or others. In their analysis, motor vehicle crash experts look for many things including the following:
- Points of contact and where the vehicles ended up;
- Damage to vehicles;
- Information collected by the vehicles’ onboard computers;
- Traffic signage and details regarding the road’s design and maintenance;
- Damage to the surrounding area;
- Time of day when the crash occurred; and
- Driving conditions at the time of the collision.
Using physics, engineering, and math principles, the expert investigators can provide fact-based insights into what really happened.
The findings of an expert investigator can help determine whether the parties’ recollections are consistent with the evidence. They can also testify in court about their findings. To illustrate their points and answer questions, the expert investigator can use models or technology.
Legal guidance is essential
Call the experienced personal injury attorneys at Sutten Law Group, LLC, (505) 990-RICK (7425), to discuss your potential claims stemming from a car crash and whether you will need to retain an expert investigator to win your case.