Auto Accident Investigations Attorney
Serving Kansas City, Independence, Blue Springs & Lee’s Summit
Although the majority of car, truck, and motorcycle accidents are investigated by local law enforcement, including state highway patrol, the need for additional independent legal investigation can be vital.
Listed below are several important considerations related to car accident investigations. The numbered paragraphs are not meant to signify priority, but just meant as a way of organization.
1. Accident Reconstructions
In some cases accident reconstruction is an immediate priority for Horn Law. These are cases where vehicle speed and impact evidence are important to proving fault or severity of the collision. Reconstructions are done by highly trained experts who have years of experience in taking evidence from the scene in order to reach an expert opinion as to how a vehicular collision occurred.
2. Witness Statements
Independent witnesses can establish many factors leading up to the collision, including traffic or roadway conditions, traffic signal observations, lane of travel, speed of travel, path of vehicles, etc. In many cases Horn Law does not rely upon police reports or other official documents with respect to witness statements. We prefer to perform our own examinations of the witnesses in order that we can secure the most accurate statement possible. Witness statements must be thorough and the witness must clearly explain all of his or her observations and assumptions.
3. Driver At Fault Investigations
Because the claim process does not allow us to interview or depose the driver at fault, we rely upon driving records and other data bases to secure extensive private information on the driver at fault. Moreover, cell phone records and toxicology reports are examples of private information that can help. It is also critical that we confirm auto insurance information as soon as possible.
4. Vehicle Investigations
Investigation of the vehicle can be one of the most important pieces of evidence, especially in cases of drunk or reckless driving. While most investigations contain photographs of the vehicle’s exterior, the interior of the vehicle should also be inspected and photographed. In one recent Horn Law case, a photograph of a broken glass not only established the severity of the impact, but also that the driver at fault had been consuming alcohol based upon the residues in the glass.
Vehicle defects also lead to collisions. In certain cases, an expert inspection of the vehicle may be crucial to the fault aspects of the case. This is especially important in cases of vehicle rollover or occupant ejection.
Horn Law offers you a free investigation. Legal consultation, case assessments, and examinations from an experienced personal injury attorney are important when you are working with insurance claim agents or other insurance company representative. Contact Horn Law at 816-795-7500 free of charge for legal consultation.