Accidents can happen in the blink of an eye. One second, a person is driving home from work; the next, they are on the side of the road exchanging contact information with other drivers, talking to police and taking photos of the damage.
However, when the crash is serious, victims may not be capable of snapping photos, making a statement or doing anything besides fighting for their lives. Under these circumstances, victims and their families can worry about finding answers to what happened and who is to blame.
Investigating a crash
There are several ways to find the answers you need after an accident, even if you are in the hospital or recovering at home.
- Surveillance videos, pictures – You may not have taken video or photos of a crash, but that information can still exist. Bystanders may have recorded the scene or taken pictures of the crash. Businesses or dash cams in the area may have captured details critical to a case.
- Witness statements – After a crash causing injuries, police will be on the scene talking to victims and witnesses. Their statements can be vital to unraveling the details of an accident, and having a record of witnesses allows attorneys to contact them for more information, if necessary.
- Accident reconstruction – Trained professionals can reconstruct an accident based on evidence like tire marks, points of impact and even weather conditions. This information, combined with their knowledge of physics and engineering, can recreate the conditions that caused a collision.
- Review of your injuries – Your injuries can say more about an accident than you might think. Parties can review physical injuries, medical diagnoses and mental damages to better understand how and to what extent you were hurt.
This list is not exhaustive, but it should give you an idea of how much information may be out there and what it can reveal. Thus, you should not assume you cannot find answers after a catastrophic accident.
Putting the pieces together
After parties collect information about your accident, you can work with an attorney to put these pieces together. Doing so allows you to get a more complete picture of what happened, who is to blame, and what you may deserve in terms of compensation.