Investigating Fatal Accidents

When a New Jersey or Pennsylvania fatal accident is reported, an investigator is sent out to examine and evaluate the accident scene. Accident investigators look at many different things that could explain what caused the accident and which driver is likely at fault. Bucks County personal injury lawyer Michael L. Saile, Jr. says the findings of the investigator can be used if the fatal accident leads to a law suit.


 Types of Accident Evidence

One of the key pieces of evidence that an investigator will look at once arriving at the scene of the accident is the skid marks. The skid marks can be an indicator of how the accident occurred and the skid marks that are left on the road are measured. By doing this, an investigator can often determine how fast the driver was going, and which car skidded.

Factors such as weather are taken into consideration when measuring skid marks. The amount of damage to the cars will also determine how fast the cars were going at the time of the accident.

Following an accident investigation, charges can be brought against the driver (or drivers) who are responsible for the accident. Those charges could include vehicular manslaughter, felony manslaughter and even murder if a history of drunk driving arrests is discovered.


Safe Drivers Make a Difference


Investigators who deal with PA and NJ fatal accidents share a few pointers on how to be a safer driver:


  • Don’t follow the car in front of you too closely. If that car brakes unexpectedly, you might not have enough time to stop.
  • Pay more attention and be courteous to other drivers.
  • Use a hands free device if you need to talk on a cell phone.
  • Be alert. Other drivers may be driving recklessly but if you are alert at all time, you can see that and avoid it.
  • Change your attitude. If you are calmer you could naturally drive slower and decrease your risk of getting in an accident.

Investigators also stress the importance of shopping for safety features when purchasing a car. They see a lot of Philadelphia area accidents because of their job and that can make them experts on what safety features can help to prevent fatal accidents. Making sure your car has airbags and that the seat belt is comfortable to you are important.


Inquire About your Legal Options


If you have experienced the loss of a loved one in a fatal accident, you may be entitled to compensation. The experienced PA personal injury lawyers at Cordisco & Saile LLC know the PA and NJ laws and work hard for you and your family’s recovery. Call our office today to speak to a personal injury lawyer.