Investigating an Auto Accident of a Vehicle’s History

There are two reasons why people want to learn about certain auto accidents.

  1. One is because they are buying a car and want to know the history of the vehicle before making a purchase.
  2. The other is because they were involved in a vehicle collision and the incident may cause some problems, so it needs further investigation.

Checking a Vehicle’s History

Car Accident

Car Accident

Finding a vehicle’s history has a straightforward answer. There are a number of services now that track the history of automobiles involved in accidents. This information comes from a national database system that registers the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) of any vehicle involved in a vehicle accident.

There are paid services that provide this information like Carfax™ or AutoCheck™. The National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS) provides information about vehicles reported as a “total loss” by an insurance company that were involved in serious accidents and those that have gone to salvage yards. NMVTIS does not have information about minor accidents.

Checking the vehicle history for previous accidents, may indicate a history of reckless driving if the vehicle had the same owner. It may also indicate a history of mechanical problems from accidents, which could mean operating the vehicle was unsafe.

Investigating the Auto Accident

Learning about an auto accident that the person was involved in, is like doing a bit of detective work.

The professionals call this effort “traffic collision reconstruction.” Assuming that one does not want to hire a private investigator, there are some steps a person may take in order to learn more about the accident.

1. Get a Copy of the Police Report
This gives the date and time of the accident, the location, the vehicles involved and notes any citations issued. It may also give the law enforcement officer’s opinion of who was at-fault. “At-fault” means the person or persons that caused the accident. The police report may also state the reasons for the fault determination.

Car Crash Victim

Car Crash Victim

While this is strong evidence and forms the foundation for many a case, it is not the only determinant of fault if there is a lawsuit. Law enforcement officers are not infallible. They make mistakes. A good auto accident injury attorney will try to refute the opinion of the officer if it shows their client is at-fault.

2. Talk to Any Witnesses
Witness testimony may be supportive or it may not support the case. Eyewitness testimony is notoriously unreliable. Nevertheless, it is good to talk to witnesses to have them tell what they saw. This gives a preliminary idea of what their testimony will be like. For this testimony to be admissible in court, a vehicle crash injury attorney will need to take a formal deposition, which is a recording of the testimony under specific legal procedures. Alternatively, the may subpoena (get a court order) the witness to give their testimony in court.

3. Re-Visit the Scene of the Accident
Make note of any unusual things not seen before, during the stress of dealing with the actual accident, such as a malfunctioning traffic signal or missing road signs. Take many photos of the scene. Look for tire skid marks that indicate heavy braking occurred. Take accurate measurements of all the distances. Look for any evidence that supports the case.

Summary of Article

Investigating an Auto Accident of a Vehicle’s History

When involved in a car accident claims case. We will need additional information to prove that your claim of injuries, losses and damages suffered caused by the vehicle crash. Will need extra injury claim compensation for medical coverage expenses, out of work compensation, and damages to vehicle or property caused by negligence of the at fault party or other drivers. An auto collision injury attorney will benefit from any efforts by a client to collect more information about the accident. The person who was involved in the accident has the potential to provide useful information because of their insight into the circumstances of how and why the accident occurred. Contact a highly professional attorney in Los Angeles County, Orange County, Riverside County, San Bernardino County, Inland Empire, San Gabriel Valley, and all of Southern California. Contact the Car Accident Lawyer by calling 1-909-325-6032 or visiting the website here: http://www.napolinlaw.com/practice-areas/car-accidents/car-accident-lawyer/car-accident-legal-help/

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