When I think of the word “investigation,” I think of CSI or Law and Order. However, in a serious personal injury case, the importance of personal injury investigation at the scene of the accident can make a big difference in how the case is viewed and valued by an insurance company or solvent defendant. For example, in a motorcycle accident, the motorcycle should be preserved and inspected by competent engineers for liability purposes. A competent accident investigator (hired by a lawyer) should inspect the scene immediately and preserve evidence by taking photographs and perhaps video. The investigator should take statements from the parties and witnesses. The 911 logs should be obtained to find witnesses the police did not catch (this happens all the time). All potential defendants should be identified and investigated. The lawyer should spot any roadway defect and product liability issues and handle any and all legal deadlines that will come up within months of the accident.
We settled a case this week for the policy limits of $100,000 on a motorcycle case. The police report stated that our client was speeding well over the speed limit. An independent witness told the officer that my client was going “way too fast.” The insurance company reviewed the report and spoke to their insured and concluded that my client was to blame. My seasoned investigator took a statement from this same “independent witness” who estimated my client’s actual speed lower than the posted speed limit, despite her claim he was going too fast. This changed the insurance company’s position from “no value” to policy limits of $100,000.
Don’t wait to have your case investigated. Make sure you hire a good lawyer who has a competent investigator working on your case.
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