Key Evidence in a Car Accident Scene
As we pursue compensation for our clients and their families, the car accident lawyers of The Millar Law Firm focus on accident scene evidence. We know that the scene of the crash can play a key role in establishing how an accident occurred and who should be held accountable. It is important to act quickly, however, so this evidence is not lost or destroyed.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident in Georgia, contact The Millar Law Firm immediately by phone or online. We can get started right away at gathering evidence that will be crucial in your case.
Examples of Important Crash Scene Evidence
A clear and full picture of what occurred in your car accident case can emerge from crash scene evidence that includes:
- Vehicle position and damage – Damage to vehicles may indicate how much force was involved in the collision and how the crash occurred. For instance, the location of the vehicles might indicate that one car crossed the center line or that a driver attempted to make an illegal turn.
- Skid marks – The length of the skid marks can show whether a driver applied the brakes and how fast the car was going before impact. The path of the skid marks may show that the driver lost control of the car. Alternatively, the lack of skid marks can show the car did not brake (possibly due to falling asleep at the wheel or a distraction).
- Broken glass and debris – Glass and other debris strewn about the crash scene indicates the force of impact in a collision, including how much the cars moved after being hit.
- Property damage – Photos of a damaged road sign, guardrail, shoulder of the road, trees, curbs and other accident scene details can document the path of the at-fault vehicle involved in the wreck. Property damage prior to the collision point, for example, can indicate a driver’s recklessness or loss of control. Damage beyond the site of the collision indicates the force of the wreck.
- Car contents – The cars and their contents should be impounded after a serious wreck. This requires a car accident attorney to obtain a court order. Empty beer cans, for example, would indicate a drinking or drunk driver. Store receipts left in a car might indicate where a driver had been and how long he or she had been on the road, which may indicate that fatigue contributed to the crash.
- “Black box” data – Certain models of passenger cars and trucks, like all large commercial trucks, contain an event data recorder (EDR). This device will contain a variety of information about the vehicle’s speed, braking and steering just prior to a crash. Raw data from the EDR must be downloaded and analyzed by someone who understands it. EDR data will keep once the car is moved from the crash scene, but the car can be tampered with or destroyed once released from the accident scene if it is not ordered to be impounded.
- Victims’ injuries – If accident victims can be photographed at the crash scene, before their wounds are dressed, these powerful images will provide a better understanding of the pain and suffering an accident has caused.
- Witness identities – Again, it is most helpful if a driver or passenger involved in a crash immediately gathers contact information from any witnesses and, if possible, records a statement. Police will do this if witnesses stick around long enough. But witnesses will be harder to locate and their memories less reliable as time goes on.
We cannot say it often enough: Time is of the essence in gathering key evidence from a car accident scene. An experienced car accident attorney from The Millar Law Firm and our investigators can gather important evidence if put to work on your case immediately.