Automobile accidents are caused by a number of circumstances ranging from driver neglect, impairment or recklessness, to roadway conditions involving weather, construction, obstructions or other circumstances. Unfortunately, automobile accidents happen every day and regardless of the circumstances, and even if you are only mildly injured, it is important that you call the police from the scene of the accident, and later obtain a copy of the official police report. Often the police officer may site opinion on who was at fault in such cases where there is clear evidence to determine the cause. This will help you in working toward receiving a settlement from your insurance company. In other situations, there may be no clear explanation and the underlaying causes are not very evident. When a roadway or roadway-related accident occurs, in addition to a police report and depending on the complexity of the circumstances, an accident survey should be additionally conducted, if possible, immediately following the accident, before debris is removed and traffic proceeds in the area. In some circumstances, law enforcement officials are equipped to quickly and accurately document the scene. In some cases, independent land surveyors or engineers may also be hired to assess factors relating to curves and grades in the road that may be a contributing factor. Measurements can be taken and scene mapping can be done as a means of determining if roadway defects or design flaws could be contributing factors to the accident. Forensic engineers are familiar with design regulations and maintenance requirements. Injuries and property damages may make your case more complex. It may be in your best interest to hire an accident attorney before filing your claim. At Okun, Oddo & Babat, regardless of the circumstances, we are equipped to evaluate your accident case and potentially help you recover the highest compensation possible. Contact us for a courtesy evaluation.