One of the most difficult aspects for police when it comes to a fatal motor vehicle accident is that they cannot ask a deceased driver what happened in the incident. Perhaps the other driver was in the wrong, but without the perspective of the deceased individual, it makes it challenging to piece together exactly what happened.
Finding the evidence trail that shows fault
At the Law Offices of Locklin & Coleman, we have handled cases in which — upon deeper investigation — we uncovered evidence to support the fact that a deceased driver died as a result of the negligence or unlawful behavior of another driver. Sometimes, the police in these cases had mistakenly determined that the at-fault party was innocent because they failed to see the issue from the angle we identified.
When police fail to determine exactly what happened in a fatal accident, family members of the deceased could be left to believe that they have no recourse. These family members might believe, for example, that they don’t have a viable wrongful death claim and they never even reach out to a personal injury lawyer to review their situations.
Law enforcement officers are not perfect, and sometimes they make mistakes. This is why it’s so important to get to the bottom of how and why someone died in a fatal crash.
Do not automatically believe the results of police investigations
If a close family member has died in a fatal automobile collision, do not automatically believe the results of police investigations into the incident. Consider speaking with a personal injury lawyer about the accident. A Virginia lawyer may be able to uncover clues that reveal the true cause of the events that led to your loved one’s death.