A report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimated that 25,580 people died and many more were injured in 2012 auto accidents from January through September. Being prepared before an accident can enable a victim's family to obtain all the necessary information that will be helpful in a wrongful death case.
Consulting a Clayton County attorney after an auto accident enhances a victim's ability to receive a reasonable settlement. If you have been injured in an automobile accident you should discuss your case with an accident attorney at Shane Smith Law.
A Georgia Motor Vehicle Accident Report is drafted by a law enforcement officer when an accident is investigated. Georgia law requires the drafting of a supplemental accident report by specially trained officers in fatal accidents. Such officers may work for police departments; in some rural areas the Georgia State Patrol will investigate and draft the fatality accident report supplement.
Investigations include forensic evaluations, accident reconstructions, vehicle mechanical inspections, speed calculations, automobile black box inspections, and thorough interviews of drivers, passengers, and witnesses.
Georgia State Patrol's Specialized Collision Reconstruction Teams focus on forensic investigations and accident reconstructions. Their accident reports are available through the Georgia Open Records Acts and could be helpful in wrongful death claims.
If a death is caused by the negligence of another then the decedent's family may be entitled to legal relief through a wrongful death lawsuit. You should hire an experienced Clayton County wrongful death attorney if you will file a lawsuit on behalf of a family member who died due to another's negligence. Call Shane Smith Law for a free consultation.