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Use of Private Investigators and Accident Reconstruction Experts in Car Accident Cases

A deadly car accident this past March in Sorrento, Florida, is a prime example of an accident requiring further investigation as to its cause. Initial police reports are that Ronald Horton of Camp Grove lost control of his Ford Mustang and had a head on collision with a pickup truck. Mr. Horton and his two passengers, apparently not wearing their seatbelts, were ejected from the vehicle and declared dead at the scene of the accident. Florida Highway Patrol Troopers are investigating the accident including whether Mr. Horton was speeding.

Determining which driver was at fault in a car accident will sometimes require a deeper investigation than just obtaining the police report. This is particularly the case in fatal accidents when the victim cannot testify. In other situations the victim may have lost consciousness and does not know how the accident occurred. The police investigation is often just a starting point to our own investigation. There are several professionals that an experienced personal injury attorney will call on to assist in their investigation:

  • Private investigators — A private investigator can be crucial in cases where liability is disputed. They can take witness statements and locate additional witnesses to the accident. They can also research public records such as hospital and criminal records to discover relevant information on the drivers involved in the accident.
  • Accident reconstruction expert — These professional engineers analyze the police report, eye-witness accounts, photographs and property damage to the vehicles. They use this information to scientifically reconstruct how the accident most likely occurred.

When you are injured because of a reckless driver, investigating the accident is the last thing you have time for. The Law Offices of Cohn & Smith, P.A will use our experience and resources to investigate who is at fault in your accident so that you can get the compensation you are entitled to by law.

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