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Traffic Accident Investigation

A police officer called to the scene of a traffic collision has a duty to investigate the cause of the collision. All factual information concerning a particular traffic collision is gathered prior to determining which party is most at fault. The following are examples of facts that an officer considers during the course of a traffic collision investigation:

Statements of involved parties and witnesses

Physical Evidence such as:

    Damage to vehicles or other property

    Vehicle debris (i.e., glass, radiator fluid, other vehicle parts, etc.)

    Tire marks

      Skid marks are important physical evidence gathered by investigators at collision scenes. For example: When brakes are applied to full wheel lock or impending wheel lock on anti-lock brake systems, during a hazard situation, tire friction marks may be left on the roadway surface. The length of these tire friction marks can often times be used to determine the estimated speed of the vehicle, at the time the tire friction mark was made. Two factors must be considered when estimating speed from tire friction marks: 1) The distance the vehicle slid and 2) The coefficient of friction (drag factor) of the roadway surface in question.

    Sobriety of parties involved

    Other physical evidence (i.e., paint transfers, gouges, etc.)

After gathering and evaluating all statements and physical evidence of a traffic collision, the investigating officer forms an opinion to determine the primary collision factor committed by the involved party most at fault.

This information came from a
CHP online article.

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