Car accidents can happen for any number of reasons. With numerous drivers involved in a multi-vehicle accident, it can be difficult to immediately determine who may have been at fault for the accident, or whether liability for each person’s injuries and damages are spread out among multiple parties. This makes recovering all the evidence available from a multi-vehicle accident so important. The insurance companies for each of the drivers involved in the crash may look to point the finger at one another for the financial liability from the accident, so having evidence to conclusively determine fault can ensure that all the injured parties from the accident get the compensation they need and deserve.
Documentary evidence often serves as the most conclusive evidence to determine fault for a multi-vehicle accident. Documents that are reviewed in accident claims include accident scene photos (including details such as traffic controls at the scene, weather/traffic/road conditions at the time of the accident, the resting positions of vehicles after the accident, and the presence of any skid marks on the road), surveillance camera footage and dash-cam footage, or vehicle damage reports, which provide an impartial view into what happened in the accident, and aren’t based on people’s memories which can be faulty, incomplete, or based on a motivation to omit or spin facts to serve their own interests.
Even though people’s memories can be faulty or unreliable sometimes, witness statements can often fill in critical details about what happened in the accident. When multiple witnesses corroborate details about an accident, it can increase the reliability of those statements. In some cases, bystanders may even take their own videos or photos of the accident itself or the accident scene. This is why it is critical to get the names and contact information of any bystanders who may have witnessed the accident.
Police Accident Reports
When a multi-vehicle accident occurs, police usually respond to the scene. If an officer arrives on the scene, he or she will prepare a police accident report, which will detail the findings of the officer’s investigation, including a diagram of the accident, summaries of witness statements provided to the officer, notations of any citations or arrests arising from the accident, and often the officer’s opinion regarding which driver or drivers may have been at fault for the accident. Although a police officer’s determination of fault is not binding on later insurance claims and lawsuits, it can be very persuasive, which is why the police accident report is often the most important piece of evidence in an accident claim.
In a complicated multi-vehicle accident, the parties will often need to turn to experts to prepare accident reconstruction reports. The experts, using the other evidence collected from the accident and based on principles of engineering and physics, will come to an opinion as to what happened in the accident and identify the cause of the crash and the party or parties who bear legal fault for the resulting injuries and damages.
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