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Does a police report determine who is responsible for a motor vehicle accident?

A very common question posed to the personal injury lawyers at the premiere Pensacola law firm of Whibbs Stone Barnett, is whether a police report by itself determines who is responsible for a motor vehicle accident or “car crash.”  For instance, if the police clear the other person in your accident, are they automatically not responsible for the crash?  Though common sense might dictate that you cannot make a claim if the other party didn’t get a ticket or citation, this is not always the case.

The attorneys at Whibbs Stone Barnett recently represented a family who suffered the stunning loss of a father who was walking down a poorly lit highway in the evening.  He was tragically struck by a vehicle traveling down the road and instantly killed.  There were no witnesses and the Florida Highway Patrol concluded in its own investigation that the driver was not at fault. At a loss, the family contacted the wrongful death and personal injury attorneys at Whibbs Stone Barnett, and the team quickly got to work.

The firm immediately hired an expert engineer who was able to forensically reconstruct the accident.  By using crash measurements and various engineering methods, it was determined that the conclusion reached by the Florida Highway Patrol was actually scientifically incorrect and that the driver had been too close to the edge of the road at the time of the accident which caused the death.  Using this information, the family able to reach a confidential settlement with the insurance company for the driver.  They had been virtually ignored by the insurance company up to that point.

If you or family members are involved in a car accident that results in injuries or death, it can be critical to have attorneys with experience in accident reconstruction.  Feel free to contract our Pensacola lawyers for a no cost and no obligation consultation.  We are building a practice focused on personal attention and results.  We would be glad to enter into a representation partnership with you.