Once the scene of the accident is cleaned up, there is still plenty of work that needs to be done. One of the things that is ongoing is the actual investigation of the accident. The investigation needs to be done in order to determine who was at fault and how the accident occurred. The accident investigation will also determine whether there will be any criminal charges filed. This investigation can also be the cornerstone of a personal injury lawsuit.
The first step in the investigation is to do a forensic interview with the driver of the vehicle that caused the accident. This is an in depth interview that will chronicle everything that the suspect did in the last 24 hours. This includes everywhere he went, anything that he consumed etc. The investigator will also assess whether stress or fatigue were a factor. The law enforcement officer will have already done a field sobriety test and/or a breathalyzer test if alcohol was believed to be a contributing factor.
The investigator will also interview any witnesses that were present at the time of the accident as well as the people who were with the driver prior to the time of the accident. This will help determine how the driver was acting before he got into the car. This is especially true if the driver was intoxicated. If there is an issue with alcohol or other intoxicants, the investigator will determine whether the accident would have happened in the absence of this intoxicant.
All of the photos that were taken on the scene will also be reviewed very closely to determine the chain of events that led to the accident. This investigation will also take place at the scene. The investigator will be looking things such as skid marks, other objects hit as well as anything else that can assist in solving the case.
All of the information gathered through the investigation will be used in court if there are criminal charges that will be filed. If you are filing a personal injury lawsuit in conjunction with an accident that was caused by an act of negligence, your Texas personal injury attorney will access these records to present your case.