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Trying to determine exactly what happened during a car accident is very important, for insurance purposes, as well as to determine fault and liability. 

In some cases it is easy to figure out what happened for certain during an accident. For instance, when a car is rear-ended it's pretty obvious who would be considered at-fault for the accident. 

However, this is not the case for all motor vehicle collisions. Accidents often happen quickly, and let's face it, nobody ever plans on getting into an accident so it's very easy for one or both of the drivers to not remember exactly what happened at the time of the crash. There are even some cases where people will lie to try and protect themselves from liability. 

Often times a Car Accident Investigation is necessary to determine liability and fault, as well as to verify that nobody lied about what actually occurred at the time of the crash.

There are several Ways to Investigate the Cause of a Car Accident. 

Who Investigates a Car Accident? 

When talking about ways to investigate a car accident we first need to discuss who investigates the accident. 

The primary investigators of a car accident include the police officers who arrive on the accident scene, and independent accident investigators. 

When the police investigate the accident scene it is because they were called by someone to report an accident. They are supposed to gather witness statements and speak to both drivers and anyone who was in the vehicles at the time of the crash to try and determine fault. However, in some cases the officer may not cite anyone for fault if it's unclear what happened and they receive opposite stories from the drivers. 

When a car accident is investigated by an independent investigator it is often because they were specifically hired by the driver's insurance company, the driver themselves, or the driver's personal injury attorney. 

It is their job to assess, and analyze the cause of the accident in order to determine liability and financial responsibility. 

8 Part Inspection of the Accident Scene

One of the first steps to investigating an accident includes a thorough inspection of the accident scene. When arriving at the accident scene, the investigator will gather the following information: 

  1. The exact location of the accident.
  2. Take note of the weather conditions at the time of the collision. 
  3. The road conditions.
  4. The date and time the accident occurred. 
  5. The time the police were notified of the accident. 
  6. The information of the person who called the police and how. 
  7. The number of vehicles that were involved in the accident. 
  8. The type of vehicles that were involved. 

The investigator will also want to know the point of impact, the final resting place of all the vehicles, skid marks, scrub marks, and gouge marks. It's important for the investigator to figure out who, what, when, where, and how the accident took place. 

The investigator will more than likely want to take photos of the entire accident scene from all sides, north, south, east, and west. They will also take close of photos of all damages that occurred to the vehicles. 

Vehicle Inspection  

The purpose of conducting a thorough vehicle inspection is two fold. First, it will often reveal any unsafe vehicle conditions that may have been responsible for the accident. Second, the vehicle's damage provides supporting information of witness statements along with the investigator's own findings at the accident scene. 

The amount of damage to the vehicles involved can reveal quite a bit, for example, how fast the vehicles were traveling at the time of the accident, how hard the drivers braked, as well as the point of impact among the vehicles involved. 

The information that is gathered during the inspection of the vehicles is crucial to the final phase of the accident investigation. 

Driver and Witness Statements 

Obtaining driver and witness statements is also crucial to the investigation. This will show if there are discrepancies in the story of how the accident occurred. In some cases it can catch a driver in a lie. 

The investigator can also request the officer's observations of the accident. For example, the office will listen and make notes of what is being told. They will take note of the person's mental state, and physical condition, which may include any signs of shock or inebriation. 

What to do after a Car Accident 

If you were involved in a Car Accident in Tennessee or Georgia, and you believe that your accident was caused by someone else's negligence, you should consider contacting an experienced Personal Injury Attorney for legal help. 

It can be nearly impossible to try and win your accident case alone. As we stated early, some people try and lie about what happened during the accident to avoid liability, and not all accidents are cut an dry. In some situations, a thorough investigation will need to be done to support your case and prove fault. 

With the help of an attorney you can rest assured that you will be in the best hands. Your attorney will make sure that if an investigation needs to be done to help prove your case, they will make sure that a professional reviews every detail of your case. 

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