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Using special crash investigation data after a car accident

It's an unfortunate fact that motor vehicle accidents do happen. And when they do occur, they are very unexpected and could have serious results. When residents in Iowa are involved in a car accident, there are several steps that they should take to ensure their health and safety after the crash. In addition, it is also important to carry out certain steps to help protect their legal rights.

Whether it is a slow-moving collision, rear-end crash or a serious accident involving injuries and even death, drivers and passengers should do their best to collect as much information and details of the incident site. Crash investigation is a very important component for both the criminal and civil actions that could result from a car accident.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, special crash investigations or SCI programs help provide both in-depth and detailed reports of various data collected regarding a wide range of accidents. The information collected is intended for anecdotal data usage, which could be a very helpful and useful tool when examining a crash site. A major benefit of the program is the ability to look at data to improve safety systems in vehicles and even roadways and intersections.

The effects of an accident could be felt for quite some time, which is why victims should understand their rights regarding legal remedies. The recovery process could be lengthy, medical bills could be stacking up and the emotional, physical and economical aftermath of the accident could be overwhelming for the victim. Seeking compensation could help the injured party with the recovery process and offset the financial burdens associated with the accident.

Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, "Special Crash Investigations (SCI)," accessed Dec. 7, 2014

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