An Accident Reconstruction can Help Your Win Your Accident Claim

by Julia C.

Hiring an accident reconstruction company was essential to winning our claim.

My teen-aged daughter was involved in a rather serious accident last year. She was driving down a highway at the posted speed of 55 mph when a man ran a stop sign to her left and struck her in the left side. Her vehicle was overturned and knocked into a ditch on the right side of the road.

By the time the police showed up, the man was apparently worried about the severity of what he had done. He told the police that he was the driver on the highway and that my daughter had run a stop sign to his right and he had no chance to avoid her.

Without any independent witnesses at the scene, the police officer took the man at his word and ignored the protests of my teenaged daughter. She was even given a ticket for running a red light. The man hired an attorney and presented a personal injury claim against our insurance company. The man even had the nerve to show up for my daughter’s traffic court hearing and testified that she had run a stop sign.

Fortunately, we were insured by State Farm Insurance and the lady handling our claim listened to what my daughter had to say. She reviewed the police report and agreed with us that it did not seem possible for the accident to have happened the way the other driver and the police report said it did, given where the two vehicles wound up at rest. She hired an accident reconstruction company. The company’s final report agreed that the physics of the accident could only support my daughter’s version of the accident facts.

The insurance company used Atlanta Engineering Services, Inc.

The State Farm representative paid for the accident investigation and reconstruction. If you are in a similar situation, make some noise and insist that your insurance company do the same. So much was at risk; our daughter’s driving record, our insurance premiums, our insurance deductible, and our daughter’s own personal injury claim. Not least of all, it would have just sucked to see that man get away with such a blatant lie.

This article was approved for informational purposes and is not intended to take the place of competent local legal counsel.

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