If you or someone you know has been injured through the fault of another person, your personal injury lawyer will ask you to immediately obtain all records, witness statements and photographic evidence so that the issue of fault is immediately laid to rest. Your attorney must act promptly since memories fade, conditions change, and witnesses move. Without proof of fault you cannot support a claim for your injuries.
In an automobile accident, in order to prove who was at fault for the accident, your attorney should also obtain all investigative records from the highway state patrol and any other police agency involved, including witness and investigating officer interviews. In more complicated cases, your lawyer may hire licensed engineers to reconstruct the collision, or civil engineers to evaluate the effect of the highway design, or mechanical engineers to evaluate any equipment malfunction.