Road accident investigation teams are notified of an accident either by an emergency response centre or by the police. The team aims to immediately begin an investigation at the scene of the accident. Members of the investigation teams are entitled to carry out investigations at the scene of the accident, inspect vehicles, and receive information from official registers and other sources to clarify the factors behind the accident.

Accidents are investigated with regard to the

  • chain of events
  • risk factors
  • consequences and
  • circumstances.

The investigation follows the specified investigation procedure to the letter, and standard forms are used for the investigation. Comprehensive, consistent-quality material provides good opportunities to utilise it as precisely as possible.

The investigation methods have also adopted international standards. The investigation work includes participation in certain research projects sponsored by the EU.