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March 27, 2006

The Importance of Gathering Evidence at the scene of an Accident

by Alan Pepicelli Esq.

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The Importance of Gathering Evidence at the Scene of An Accident

by Alan Pepicelli Esq.



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IV. TAKING PHOTOS OF VISIBLE INJURIES:



Many times after an accident, an injured party will exhibit significant swelling, bruising, cuts, or other deformities over various portions of their body. In more serious cases, they may be placed in an immobilizing device, a fixation device, a cast, or confined to a bed. The importance of securing photographic evidence during these early stages, visually depicting what the person is experiencing, cannot be overemphasized.

cases, a site survey and accident reconstruction may be warranted.



In any serious case, the vehicles should not be repaired or disposed of without consideration as to whether the vehicles should first be examined by an appropriate expert to establish such things as angle and point of impact, velocity of the respective vehicles, possible vehicle failure, etc. Many vehicles today are equipped with computerized sensory modules such as the SDM (Sensing and Diagnostic Module) utilized by GM in conjunction with the deployment of air bags. In many vehicles, these small controllers, which are similar to the “black box” in an airplane, record and store several seconds of data from immediately prior to the crash, through the time of the crash. Pre-crash data includes such information as vehicle speed, engine RPM, brake engagement; post-crash data includes such things as velocity change during impact (ie. crash severity). In many cases it is possible, with certain types of vehicles, to download this information for ultimate data interpretation.



As referenced above, because vehicles tend to quickly disappear following an accident, it may be critical, in certain cases, to secure the vehicle until it is examined by a qualified expert.



Once the vehicle is gone, it may be gone forever, along with valuable evidence.





V. SERIOUS ACCIDENT CASES - SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS:

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