Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath believes that preserving the evidence is necessary to preserve the case. That is why our firm has its own evidence retention and inspection facility. Any evidence should be secured immediately and placed in a facility under control of your attorney because:
- Evidence can get lost, sold or destroyed before experts can examine it. If, however, your attorney controls the evidence, this will put everyone on notice (owners, tow operators, police impounds, etc) that they must take every step to preserve the evidence or be held accountable in court. Your attorney will also work quickly to obtain a complete history of the evidence (original sales data, dealers, distributors, manuals, instruction booklets advertising materials, recall information, etc.).
- Evidence can also land in the possession of a third party or one of the eventual defendants. Major manufacturers carefully read newspapers and when possible they try to secure the evidence to deny plaintiffs the ability to pursue claims. Your attorney will file for a temporary restraining order and a preliminary injunction to avoid any alterations or destructive testing of the evidence.
We understand the timeliness and importance of preserving evidence and working with experts to review the evidence. We work with the most respected experts in the country (accident deconstructionists, automotive engineers, occupant kinematics, metallurgical experts, etc.) whose knowledge, experience, findings and testimony are vital to your case.