Milwaukee Car Accident Attorneys
Auto Accident Investigations in Wisconsin
When a person is seriously injured or loses his or her life in a
car accident, an investigation will typically ensue. Whichever law enforcement agency
has jurisdiction will often conduct an investigation to determine whether
an illegal act took place that should result in criminal charges. Independent
investigators hired by insurance companies and law firms may also investigate
the collision to determine fault and therefore financial responsibility.
A car accident investigation usually starts with an inspection and analysis
of the scene of the collision. Investigators may photograph and measure
skid marks, final resting positions of the vehicles involved, and any
damage to the roadway, street signs, and guardrails or nearby structures.
The position of debris will also be photographed and noted. Investigators
can input the measurements and other data into a computer to generate
an accurate diagram of the scene.
Investigators will also inspect the vehicles that were involved in the
collision. They may document damage each vehicle has sustained and will
also look at mechanical components of the vehicles, such as brakes, steering,
tires, suspension, lights, etc. to determine whether any of these malfunctioned
or may have contributed to the collision. In newer vehicles and in commercial
trucks where recordings may have been made, in-vehicle computer systems
may also show what occurred before and at the time of impact.
In addition to analyzing the scene and vehicles, a car accident investigation
may include interviewing witnesses, reviewing police records and reports
and looking at additional evidence such as driver logbooks, inspection
or repair logs, and more.
Using all information gathered at the scene, from the vehicles involved,
any photographs or video footage of the collision, witness accounts and
more, investigators can actually reconstruct the accident. This can be
shown using special computer programs that use specific mathematical formulas
to calculate speed, driver response such as braking, impact and the results
of the collision. This can show a clear picture of exactly how the accident
took place and what happened in the moments leading up to the collision.
Because Wisconsin employs a fault-based system for car accident cases,
a thorough investigation is a crucial part of any claim or lawsuit. A
victim will need to prove that the other driver (or other at-fault party)
caused the collision, and an investigation will be the only way to determine
exactly what occurred. Though law enforcement may conduct an investigation
if someone was seriously injured or killed, you will need someone on your
side to investigate the accident and represent your interests as you pursue financial
compensation for your injuries.
Determine Cause with a Wisconsin Car Accident Lawyer from Cannon & Dunphy S.C.
At Cannon & Dunphy S.C. car accident investigations are an essential
part of the legal representation we provide to collision victims across
Wisconsin. Our Milwaukee car accident attorneys work with investigators,
accident reconstruction professionals and experts in various fields to
cause and assign liability in motor vehicle accident claims and lawsuits. This
includes cases involving such causes as
drugged driving, driver negligence, speeding,
distracted driving, roadway hazards,
defective auto parts and more.
Once we know who should be held liable, or legally responsible, for a client's
injuries, we can then pursue financial compensation from that individual
or company. It may be another driver, in which case damages will typically
be paid through his or her auto insurance policy. In some cases, it may
be an auto manufacturer for a defective vehicle or vehicle part, or perhaps
a government entity for a defective roadway. Regardless of the direction
the case takes, we have the resources to seek justice against the responsible
party – or parties.
Contact our offices today for more information.