Arizona Car Accident Forensics
By Zachary Mushkatel on April 2, 2018
Serious injuries from car accidents can have a devastating effect on the lives of those involved. Drivers and passengers alike may find themselves in need of emergency medical treatment, long-term medical care, and rehabilitation long after the accident. In addition, injured individuals may be unable to return to work and may find it difficult to pay for all of the expenses that follow a severe accident. When this happens, injured individuals may pursue relief through a personal injury claim.
Determining fault after a car accident is a vital part of any personal injury claim. Car accident forensics are often applied to determine precisely how an accident occurred and what factors contributed to the crash. Forensic investigators will try to gather and examine as much information about the wreck as possible to paint a clear picture of what happened.
Forensic reports are not typically disputed in court, so they carry quite a bit of weight when determining who is responsible for paying for injuries after an accident. At Mushkatel, Robbins & Becker, PLLC, our experienced car accident lawyers work closely with forensics experts to investigate crashes and build a strong claim for maximum compensation. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.
Could Car Accident Forensics Be Used in My Case?
Because accidents usually happen in the blink of an eye, witness testimony and other sources of verifying the cause of a crash are often unreliable or subject to influence. However, forensic investigators are able to use a variety of tools and techniques to collect evidence and reconstruct what happened. Investigators will regularly examine the following:
The physics of the accident – Collision physics can help investigators understand what happened in a crash. Momentum and kinetic energy are essential variables to consider. The mass of the vehicles and the distance they slid after colliding can tell the investigators the total momentum once drag is accounted for. Total momentum gives investigators a place to start to tell how fast the vehicles were moving, if one car was stopped, or if even if they were both moving.
Calculating time-distance – Investigators will calculate time-distance, taking into account how fast the vehicles were going. From this, they can glean quite a bit of information about reaction time, total braking distance, and other essential facts.
Examining vehicle damage – By relying on manufacturer’s specifications for individual parts on the vehicle (like the stress rating of the car’s bumpers, for example), forensic investigators can uncover more about the accident, including the minimum force of the collision.
Measuring physical evidence – Investigators can tell a lot about an accident by examining the scene. The length of skid marks, for example, can tell them how fast a vehicle was traveling. It can also indicate whether the car was accelerating, braking, or sliding. Other evidence such as debris in the roadway might tell investigators precisely where the collision occurred.
Scrutinizing photos of the scene – Because vehicles are often cleared, and evidence is cleaned up after an accident to keep traffic moving and remove hazards from the roadway, photos are often a valuable way of retaining significant evidence. Investigators will examine pictures carefully for clues about how and why the accident occurred.
Forensic analysis of a crash site is often extremely difficult to dispute in court. The scientific evidence presented is usually much stronger and more reliable than witness statements and firsthand accounts, although it may also back up such testimony.
If you or a loved one have been hurt in a car accident in Arizona, forensic analysis of the crash scene may play a significant role in your injury claim proceedings. You should speak with our knowledgeable Phoenix auto accident attorneys about how a forensic investigation could help your case.
How a Phoenix Car Accident Lawyer Can Help
Car accidents can happen at any time, anywhere. When a serious accident occurs, you should not have to pay out of pocket for bills and expenses that you never anticipated. The experienced Arizona car accident lawyers at Mushkatel, Robbins & Becker have nearly 100 years of combined legal experience protecting the rights of injured people just like you. We have a long track record of helping our friends and neighbors here in Phoenix, Peoria, Glendale, and the West Valley get the compensation they need after a severe injury wreck.
Our legal team knows what it takes to build a persuasive case on your behalf. Forensic investigations are often an essential and convincing part of a strong injury case. With scientific evidence proving that the other driver or drivers were mainly at fault for the crash, you may be able to recover significant compensation for your injury claim.
Because Arizona is a pure comparative negligence state, meaning your compensation would be reduced if you are found to be partially at fault for the crash, it is critical that we build the most convincing case possible on your behalf.
Get the Help You Need Now
Our team has earned an impressive track record of successful verdicts and settlements on behalf of our clients. We work hard to demand the compensation our clients deserve, and we know that compensation is essential to helping them rebuild, replace, and move on with their lives after a serious motor vehicle accident.
Contact us at (480) 467-3434 to schedule a free consultation with a knowledgeable member of our team today. With offices in Sun City, Scottsdale, and Surprise, we are never out of reach when you need us. And our attorneys are always willing to meet with clients in their homes or in the hospital, if that’s more convenient.
Zachary Mushkatel is an Arizona native who earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona in 2001 and his law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2004. After serving as a public defender, he entered into private practice and, ultimately, joined forces with Mathis Becker to form the law firm known today as Mushkatel, Robbins & Becker, PLLC. In addition to criminal law, Mushkatel practices civil litigation, with a focus on estate litigation and personal injury cases. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce and Sun Valley Lodge, and he is an executive officer and member of the Board of Directors for the West Maricopa County Bar Association.