You have heard the old saying, "a picture is worth a thousand words." Well, when it comes to establishing property damages in a court of law, a picture is the most relied upon the type of evidence used by lawyers. Police officers know the importance of preserving evidence of an automobile collision, but often fail to do a thorough job. Even when they do obtain photographs, they don't always confirm the quality of the photographs --- and sometimes they simply lose them. The best way to preserve such evidence and damages to your (and their vehicle) is for you or someone with you to snap as many photos as are required to get all the damages identified. Don't overlook debris on the road and skid marks, since that is important evidence as well.
Accidents on the Shoulder of the Road or Highway
Vehicles parked along the side of the road is a common sight. There are many reasons for a driver to pull the vehicle over including car trouble, phone calls, and health issues.
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Thoughts from Jean Maxwell, Auto Accident Legal Specialist with 25 years of experience:
St. Patrick's Day brings to mind shamrocks, leprechauns, pots of gold, and good luck, but luck can't save you from a drunk-driving crash. Unfortunately, March 17 has become a deadly day in the United States, with a dramatic spike in drunk-driving fatalities, a day when 30-40% of vehicle accidents are caused by DUI.
Woman Rushed to Hospital After Charleston, West Virginia Police Cruiser Crashes Into Vehicle
An elderly woman in Charleston, WV was hospitalized for injuries after her car was struck by a Charleston area Police Department vehicle. The officer driving was responding to an emergency burglary call, but had neglected to have his lights and siren on while exceeding the speed limit. This could have been due to a number of different legitimate reasons, but the end result was that an innocent woman was seriously injured and later died from those injuries.
Early Monday morning, a Morgantown Police Officer was transported to Ruby Memorial Hospital after a vehicle ran into his cruiser while he was stopped at a red light in Morgantown, WV at the corner of Patteson Drive and University Avenue.
Who is liable when a car is stolen and the driver subsequently causes a collision and causes injuries or death? It is unlikely that the thief driving the car has any personal car insurance or assets. So, how would an injured individual or family be compensated after the accident for medical treatments and any other related expenses like pain and suffering, lost wages, or personal losses after such a collision? This is where uninsured motorist coverage comes in.