Our Spartanburg car crash lawyers understand that working with private investigators can have a major effect on the amount of recovery for an injured client.
According to a recent report on Fox Carolina, police and firefighters responded to a car that was on fire after a crash. Emergency calls came in just after six in the morning in front of a middle school in Greer, South Carolina.
Police and bystanders were able to pull the driver free, but the passenger in the front seat was trapped in the burning car. By the time emergency personnel were able to put out the fire, two of the passengers had died and a third was flown by medevac helicopter to a burn center in Augusta.
The coroner has released information on the victims indicating that the driver was 16 years old and the front seat passenger was 17. The driver did not have a license or a learner’s permit, and authorities have no idea how he obtained the car, though it was not reported stolen. As part of the investigation, police will be performing a compression test to determine the speed of the vehicle at the time of the crash. It has been estimated that the car was going more than 70 miles per hour in an area with a posted speed limit of 35 miles per hour.
After many car accidents, the police will do a quick investigation, take a few statements for the drivers involved, and write a vehicle crash report. The officers probably will not get the names and contact information of bystanders, may not take proper measurements, and may not be all that concerned about the outcome of any car accident case. It is for this reason that you need to speak with a Spartanburg car accident lawyer as soon as possible after an accident. Your lawyer will have his or her own investigators go out to the scene as soon as possible, take photographs, look at tire tracks and skid marks, canvas the scene for witnesses, and most importantly, look for camera footage.
In today’s world, there are cameras everywhere. There are cameras on school buses and on street corners, in stores, and especially at banks and ATMs. If your lawyers can obtain the footage from these recordings, it may show a very different picture from what is depicted on the police report.
The downside is that, while there is often no shortage of video cameras to capture the accident, the recordings will not be around for long. Some stores are still using DVDs or even videotapes that get recorded over after about a week. Newer video equipment makes a digital file that is kept on hard drives or off-site cloud servers. While this is preferable to the old methods, it still costs a lot to house the data, and there are monthly storage limits. For this reason, most digital recordings get deleted after thirty days.
The key to a more solid case is hiring a lawyer with the resources to get to work quickly–one who can help insure that you can get the best recovery possible.
Contact the Spartanburg car accident lawyers at the Lee Law Offices by calling 800-887-1965.
Additional Blog Entries:
Coroner identifies 2nd teen victim of fatal Greer wreck, July 9, 2014, Fox Carolina
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Fatal Teen Crash in South Carolina a Stark Reminder of Spring Risks, April 29, 2014, Spartanburg Car Accident Lawyers Blog