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What Happens in a Car Accident Investigation?

Written by Jared Staver

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Jared Staver is a Personal Injury Lawyer based in Chicago, Illinois and has been practicing law for over 20 years.

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CATEGORY: Auto Accidents, Personal Injury


When a car accident occurs, the police generally conduct a thorough investigation of the crash scene. They may take photographs, interview witnesses, and take statements from the involved parties. Unfortunately, the police report generated from this investigation is not always complete. It might be missing key information or it may be poorly drafted. To counter this, an independent car accident investigation is sometimes commissioned. These investigations aim to reconstruct the event to determine what really happened.

If you have been in a car accident, you are likely worried about damages. You may have incurred thousands of dollars in repairs, or perhaps you were forced to quit your job because of an injury. Whatever the case, you deserve to be compensated for your suffering. At Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C., our car accident attorneys are experienced in proving actual liability. Whether it is through a police report or an independent investigation, we will use the resources at our disposal to ensure that your case reaches a desirable outcome.

Call (312) 236-2900 today to see how we can help get your life back on track.

What is Accident Reconstruction?

In essence, a vehicular accident reconstruction involves investigating and drawing conclusions about the cause of a car accident. The professionals that conduct these investigations are called Accident Reconstructionists, and they are normally employed by lawyers and insurance companies. An accident reconstruction generally employs the laws of physics and engineering to determine a collision’s causation and contributing factors. Through recreating the event and collecting evidence, these professionals are able to provide clarity to the court. They can show, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that you were the victim.

Police Investigation Overview

A police investigation of a car accident always occurs at the scene of the incident. Shortly after an accident occurs, one or multiple police officers can be seen conducting interviews, writing notes, taking measurements, and inspecting the scene. Once the initial investigation is complete, the officer(s) will draft a police report. Information included in this report includes, but is not limited to:

  • Location, date, and time of the accident
  • Identifying information for witnesses and parties involved in the accident
  • Vehicle damage
  • Weather, roadway, and lighting conditions
  • Incident diagram
  • Statements from all parties involved
  • The cause of the collision
  • Citations and other violations

Contact Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. Today

In many cases, police reports do not tell the whole story. They may be missing vital information, such as the exact cause of the accident and the true nature of the victim’s injuries. For this reason, an independent investigation, complete with an accident reconstruction, may be necessary. A skilled lawyer can help you navigate this process and ensure that you are updated every step of the way.

Car accidents can be beyond devastating. You may have sustained injuries that have dramatically altered your life, or perhaps you are being buried in a sea of medical bills. At Staver Law, our team will not let your needs fade into obscurity. We will fight tirelessly to ensure you are awarded the compensation you deserve.

Call (312) 236-2900 today to see how we can help you obtain the funds you need to move on.

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