Have you ever heard of the "Rashomon effect"? It takes its name from an old Japanese movie in which multiple people witness the same crime, yet each of them has a different recollection of what happened. Many times multi-car automobile accidents can become a study in the Rashomon effect: you and the other driver, as well as witnesses in the vehicles and bystanders may all have a different take on what exactly took place and who was at fault. Even if you are convinced that the other driver caused the crash, you should not be surprised if that person seems equally convinced that you were to blame.
In car accident-related personal injury cases, "He-said-she-said" personal accounts do not usually build a persuasive case for compensation. Too many varied accounts may confuse the jury, which increases the risk of it applying a "Split the baby" solution, or worse believing the other side over you. To build a solid case to establish that the other driver's negligence led to your property damage, injury or both, you will need more.
That is why at Casper, Meadows, Schwartz and Cook when we investigate an accident we go further than relying on testimony. We have available to us personnel resources in the form of accident investigators and reconstructionists who can use available physical evidence to help recreate what actually happened. We check police reports and records to assist in this effort, and use legal discovery methods to help find additional evidence. We also interview witnesses, but we do so as part of a comprehensive investigatory approach to your case to present the strongest, most cogent and persuasive argument on your behalf before the jury.
If you have been in a car accident, you should not leave your case for damages up to chance or speculation. To find out more about how we can help you to maximize your chances of prevailing in settlement negotiations or at trial, call us at 925-954-4606 or reach us online to arrange a no-cost initial consultation.