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How is a Houston car accident investigation done?
Some car wrecks are pretty straightforward, such as: rear-end collisions, one vehicle running a red light, a car failing to yield the right-of-way, or perhaps the other driver was drunk behind the wheel.
In recent years, car accident attorneys are discovering that distracted drivers are causing a larger percentage of car crashes. People who use their cell phones while behind the wheel do not have their eyes on the roadway. Instead, their eyes are on their phones. For serious accidents with severe injuries, if distracted driving is suspected, an investigation can include obtaining the negligent driver’s cell phone records. Getting the cell phone records is part of the discovery process during an injury lawsuit.
Other information from the scene can be necessary in some cases. Our Houston car accident attorneys are finding that security cameras capture many accidents that otherwise would be in dispute. Likewise, dash cams are becoming increasingly prominent, particularly with commercial vehicles like 18-wheelers.
Here are some highlights of investigations done after a severe injury or fatal accident.
What an auto accident investigation can include?
Documenting the crash site
For appropriate cases, we will send an accident investigator to work with our personal injury lawyers to obtain information regarding the scene of the accident. Site inspections can include photographing or measuring skid marks, debris in the roadway, and other crucial, relevant evidence. Often the site will be laser surveyed to aid a crash reenactment.
Determining whether the crash was captured on security video
We can look for video footage from the city of Houston or local Houston businesses
Conducting recorded interviews
Find witnesses to the collision when possible
People often rely upon the police officer to document the names addresses and observations of any witnesses to a car accident. However, in practice, this occurs much less frequently than one would suspect and usually only happens when concerning a wrongful death or a severe injury automobile accident. Our accident attorneys will seek to identify witnesses when appropriate.
Research regarding the negligent driver
We’ll look for any prior criminal convictions, car accidents, and the results of any tickets or citations issued as a result of this accident.
Determining whether other potential parties may share responsibility.
If the crash involved more than two vehicles, the part played by each driver will be analyzed.
- Determining whether the other driver was “on the job”-at the time of the crash. If the driver was “on the job” the employer may be held accountable for the driver’s actions. Additionally, larger insurance policies may be found.
How does insurance matter for car injury claims?
One factor that is always a consideration with any personal injury claim is the amount of insurance coverage available to satisfy a personal injury lawsuit judgment. In Texas, it is hard to collect a judgment not covered by insurance. Many car accident settlements are limited because of the amount of insurance.
If the other driver was working for a company at the time of the crash and was on the job, they may be covered with a commercial insurance policy. The presence of a business automobile insurance policy means that the policy limits will probably be much higher than the statutory minimum in Texas.
Likewise, if you were in an accident with a big rig, the minimum coverage requirements ensure much higher liability insurance to cover personal injury damage claims. You will want to speak with an experienced truck accident lawyer at Baumgartner Law Firm.
How to Identify all Insurance and Defendants
In some cases of catastrophic injury or wrongful death, there may be an evaluation of the vehicles themselves. These evaluations may give rise to a claim against an automobile manufacturing design defect. Product defects can include things like an airbag not deploying after a frontal impact, a recall of a defective car, or a fuel-fed fire caused by a design defect in the gas tank or gas delivery system.
Identifying potential defendants who may have liability after an accident is a big part of the job of our leading Houston car accident lawyers. Getting the most experienced and successful personal injury attorney is an excellent first step to protecting your financial future after a car accident.
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