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Properly Obtaining and Reviewing an Accident Re-Construction Report

If a friend, family member or loved one has been involved in a very serious motor vehicle accident that resulted in serious physical injury or death, some local police agencies have the ability to perform what is termed as an accident reconstruction. If the local police agency doesn't have the resources or the ability to do so, they will often times bring in the Illinois State Police to perform the accident reconstruction. The accident reconstruction is a very detailed process for which the accident reconstructionist through the police agency examines and evaluates every aspect of the crash or the collision that identified what exactly occurred, who may have been at fault, the specifics of how the accident happened. If there is a potential issue as to who may be at fault for the accident, this can be a very critical and important stage of the claim as the accident reconstruction will identify very specific details about who the police agency believes may have been at fault for the accident and may have been the cause of the accident. There will be very specific measurements take. There will be very significant photographs taken and very specific statements taken of witnesses. All of this will be used in combination to identify details of the source and the cause of the accident and in some situations, who may have been at fault for the accident. It is very important that as an attorney that will represent someone in such a serious claim, that we obtain the accident reconstruction report as soon as possible. Unfortunately, because of the detail involved in these types of reports, they may not be available for weeks or even months after the accident occurred. We must be very diligent in our efforts to obtain these reports so that we can identify the results of the accident reconstruction findings. Often times, if there is a question raised from the accident reconstruction that we disagree with, we may have to retain our own accident reconstruction expert in order to get a more clear understanding of what may have occurred during the motor vehicle crash. If my office comes across an accident reconstruction report that we may disagree with the findings and we are able to obtain an opinion from another accident reconstructionist that says that the initial conclusions of the initial report are improper, than you have to be prepared to examine the person who did the accident reconstruction in terms of their expertise, the number of years that they have been doing it, the level of experience that they have and the training and qualifications that they may have. These reports can be very essential to the success or often times the failure of a claim in terms of trying to prove fault or liability upon another person when these types of very serious motor vehicle accidents occur. These accident reconstruction reports go beyond the typical police report that is generated when a serious injury is not a result of a motor vehicle accident. In cases where there is serious bodily injury or death to one of the parties involved in the crash, there will be multiple reports that come from the various police agencies involved, which may include a very preliminary basic police report from the local agency and then of course there may be a complete accident reconstruction report either from the same agency or from the Illinois State Police. It is very important that you obtain all of this information and evaluate it thoroughly to assist in what may be needed to establish in terms of fault of liability. If a friend, family member or loved one has been involved in such a motor vehicle accident that has resulted in serious bodily injury or death and you are concerned about either the results of an accident reconstruction report or have been unable to obtain such a report, it would be very important that you contact my office so that we can evaluate this for you and go about trying to obtain the report on your behalf to see about pursuing a potential claim.

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