Recently, just outside of Portland, Oregon, a father and daughter lost their lives in a serious head-on collision. The accident occurred when a truck traveling in the opposite direction crossed over the centerline and struck the car the father and daughter were riding in. The daughter's infant child was also in the car and was taken to the hospital for possible injuries. The driver of the truck was also taken to medical care, but his injuries are not life threatening.
In many cases, those who fall victim to a car accident will seek some compensation for his or her losses, including wages and medical bills. If a civil claim is filed, the victim must to show who is at fault for the accident in order to be successful. One way to do so is through the submission of evidence.
The victim might seek to find out if there were any witnesses to the accident, so that those witnesses can provide valuable evidence and insight related to their case. While the victim might not know who the witnesses are, police officers are usually called to the scene of accidents to offer aid and conduct an investigation. Included in their accident report are the names of any witnesses the police interviewed.
Police reports can be a good starting place to understanding what happened in the accident. The police report will provide the investigating officer's assessments on how or why the accident occurred. The officer will also have carefully documented the accident scene and made notes of any potential witness. Thankfully, accident reports can be obtained and the accident victims can use the information they need to help determine their legal options.
When victims of car accidents seek compensation for their accident, it will be very important for them to gather all the evidence they can in order to gain an accurate understanding of accident. An experienced lawyer can help the victim make sense of the accident in order to help the victim seek compensation.
Source: KGW News, "Father and daughter killed in head-on crash," Teresa Blackman, Oct. 25, 2012