Role of the Police, Independent Investigators & Others in Accident Investigation


Two Cars Involved In Traffic AccidentWhen an accident happens – say, a car crash – and especially if it involves serious injuries or fatalities, an investigation is likely to get underway as soon as the authorities arrive.

In most of these accidents, two parties are generally involved. The first party is the authorities, and the second is private investigators typically working for insurance companies.

Investigation and Reconstruction

The authorities will usually launch an investigation into what caused the accident to find out who was at fault or if someone did something on purpose that led to the accident. In many cases, a reconstruction typically accompanies or follows the investigation. Proper reconstruction allows the authorities to see different scenarios that may or may not cause the accident and the injuries or deaths that resulted from it.

Private investigation

For their part, insurance companies are not likely to simply accept police reports as the final word. They are, after all, expected to pay out. An insurance company is more likely to hire a private investigator. Unlike the police, who are more interested in finding out who may have violated any law or caused the accident so they can make the suspected parties take responsibility, the independent investigators are more interested in liability. These investigators may also be off-duty or retired police officers, engineers, or auto technologists.

When authorities and independent investigators are done collecting evidence and taking pictures at the site of the accident, they may call a private company for accident clean up in Salt Lake City or any other place the accident may have taken place.

There are many technicalities involved in the investigation and reconstruction of any accident, just as there are countless ways an accident may happen. Different methods are required in the reconstruction, and only highly trained authorities are tasked to do them to reduce the probability of mistakes or misses in the investigation. Many experts who were involved in investigating and reconstructing an accident may also be called as witnesses in court if a trial ensues.

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