Who needs to hire a crash Reconstructionist?
Are you an attorney trying to defend a client that has been charged civilly or criminally in a crash? Are you any attorney that is wishing to prove negligence in incident and needs more evidence or even an expert opinion for a trial? Are you an owner of a company that had a vehicle in the crash and are trying to make sure you protect your assets from the possibility of a future lawsuit?
In Florida, many law enforcement agencies do not take the time to fully investigate a crash or the officer that shows to the scene has the most basic of skills to investigate the crash. Most agencies do not send their officers for additional training due to staffing and budgetary issues. More agencies are trying to do more with less and the more serious crimes get dedicated more time and training, leaving traffic related issues and training to falter. Officers are being pushed to hurry investigations and they do not speak to all the witnesses or even list all the information obtained, on the crash report.
When should I contact a crash Reconstructionist?
The moment the crash occurs evidence begins to disappear, whether it is evidence is carried away in a boot of one of the first responders, the tow truck company removing the vehicles or the tire tread of another vehicle driving through the crash scene. The evidence available dissipates from moment of the crash, and most cannot be found or located ever again. Witness’s memories fade and disappear; they forget where vehicles were prior to the crash and what happened just after. If only one witness was spoken with, you only get the crash from their point of view and their angel of visibility, not a complete view. Vehicles are released to insurance companies for salvage and destroyed.
If your looking for assistance the earlier a reconstructionist is called, the better the investigation results will be.
How to get the results you need for your case or protection?
Edward Sommers has been investigating traffic homicides since 2004 with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office. He retired December of 2016 after 27 years of Law Enforcement with over 15 years of traffic crash investigations. He has training in Crash reconstruction involving cars, light trucks, motorcycles, bicycles, and pedestrians. He has made arrests in DUI manslaughter and Vehicular homicide cases with convictions. Mr. Sommers has testified as an expert, in numerous criminal trials within the 20th Judicial Circuit on Vehicular Homicides and DUI Manslaughter cases.