Investigators provide a vital role in your automobile, motorcycle, or trucking accident case. They arrive at the scene of the crash quickly to take photographs, collect witness statements, and see if there are any other witnesses who haven’t already identified themselves to law enforcement officers. Investigators collect a large amount of information at the accident scene. Many times this information is vital in determining how the crash actually took place, and therefore who is at fault for the accident. Included in the work that investigators perform at the accident scene, is taking pictures of the property damage to all vehicles involved in the crash — including the at fault driver’s vehicle. This information – obtained early on — can make all the difference in the outcome of your case.
To combat the fact gathering that investigators do at the accident scene and afterwards, insurance company adjusters and attorneys frequently talk not only to their insured, but also to the other driver(s) involved in the crash to determine which driver(s) were at fault. Then, they often will try to convince the at fault driver(s) to contest or change their facts to say the crash took place differently than it actually did. The goal of this “conversation” is to save the insurance company money in benefit payments to the injured party(s). One of the ways to counter this type of “game” the insurance companies play is to have a good investigation done as soon as possible after the accident — ideally within a day or two of the crash taking place. We, at Christopher Ligori & Associates frequently employ investigators — very economically – to investigate crashes early on. This practice is well worth the cost investment as it often provides the information necessary to prevail in our clients’ cases.
Another reason why it is important to have an investigator investigate the crash is that they have the training and experience to know what to look for that the average person does not. For example, investigators know which details to look for — not just to determine fault — but also to counter seat belt defenses and other arguments that insurance companies use to avoid paying the full and fair value for your injuries.
If you have any further questions about using investigators in your case or about motorcycle, trucking accident, injury or wrongful death case, please call the offices of Christopher Ligori and Associates at (877)-444-2929.