“I don’t think I was at fault in my accident. What can I do?”

It is important to realize that only a very small amount of officers are trained in traffic accident investigation/reporting. The average police officer takes a few hours of training in the academy for collision investigation; CHP officers take a 40 hour class. With my specialized training in investigating traffic collisions, I have had 280 hours of post-academy training. Part of my duties in my previous police agency were to review and approve traffic collision reports, and it was concerning what the average patrol officer produced. Essential elements of the report (the primary collision factor, associated factors and fault) were repeatedly wrong.

What does this mean for you?

There is absolutely recourse if you were found at fault in a collision and you were not. Police reports are just that, a report. It is not the final word. Let Total Investigations review your accident report and see if there is a way to contest the report. Whether or not it is, we can conduct our own investigation and go as far as to conduct a full reconstruction of the accident. This means we can create a 2D or 3D scaled version of the intersection, with a second by second break down of where all parties were leading up to the collision.

Did you know?


We can calculate speed on skid marks (technically called tire friction marks)? Skid marks tell the story about how the collision occurred. Look at the this image. Based on these tire friction marks, coupled with what is called “the coefficient of friction of the road,” we can calculate the speed of the vehicle. Directing your attention to the very beginning of the skid marks, there is a lighter skid mark that then transitions to the full colored skid mark. This is known as impending skid marks. This is a very brief moment in time when the driver has applied maximum braking, but just prior to the wheel locking up, when the tire is rotating slower than the speed of the vehicle and the vehicle is actually dragging the tire. The wheel then locks up and produces the full skid. There are 7 different types of skid marks and we know how to calculate speed from all of them. Just a small example of what we can do for you with traffic accident investigations.

Photo by NickV83/iStock / Getty Images

Photo by NickV83/iStock / Getty Images

If these skid marks measured 70’, the speed of the vehicle would be about 41 MPH.

What now?

If you do not feel the accident report is accurate, and the conclusion is incorrect, contact us now for a free consultation and discuss your options. All we need is a copy of the accident report to get started. What do you have to lose?