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What Is Accident Reconstruction and How Can It Help My Case?

Posted on in Car Accidents

Rockford personal injury attorneyThe moments after a motor vehicle crash can be extremely overwhelming, especially if you have been injured. It may be very difficult to keep the events straight in your mind and, then, to relay that information to the responding police officer. There may be a myriad of factors of which you were unaware that still played a significant role in causing the accident and your resulting injuries. In many cases, accident reconstruction is necessary in helping establish the true nature of the accident and exactly which parties may be held liable.

Get Started Immediately

For accident reconstruction to be most effective, it needs to begin as soon as possible following the crash. Any delay can result in the loss of evidence and telltale signs of what may have happened, such as skid-marks on the pavement, leaking fluids, and more. It is important to get an accident reconstructionist on site quickly, even if for just a short time, so he or she can take photos, make measurements, and observe any and all indications of what took place. He or she can also extract information from electronic data recorders, or so-called “black-boxes,” installed as a standard feature on many of today’s cars and trucks.

Applied Science

To complete the investigation, the accident reconstructionist will also analyze the damage caused both to public and private property and each vehicle. Combining this information with the available police reports and vehicle specifics, the reconstructionist will utilize his or her scientific training to apply mathematical formulas and equations to recreate the accident as it most likely occurred. An accurate accident reconstruction is much more in-depth than a simple police report and can be used to identify contributing factors such as malfunctioning traffic signals, faulty vehicle equipment, poor roadway maintenance, and many more.

Public and Private Accident Reconstruction

Many law enforcement organizations maintain their own accident reconstruction teams, especially in larger municipalities and at the state level. These teams, however, are primarily interested in establishing whether or not the accident was related to violations of the law either by private citizens or commercial carriers. They also look for ways in which the state and local authorities can improve roadway safety to prevent future accidents.

Private accident reconstruction firms are able to assist those injured in accidents to seek the justice they deserve. By recreating the scene and contributing factors, the reconstructionist can present a clear and convincing picture for the judge and jury of what truly happened and where the liability appears should rest.

Call a Rockford Car Accident Lawyer

If you have been injured in an auto accident, you need to take action right away. Contact an experienced Winnebago County personal injury attorney today, and let us go to work investigating your claim. We will work with an accident reconstructionist when appropriate to help build the strongest case possible for collecting the damages you need to get your life back on track. Call 815-215-7561 to schedule your free initial consultation at Mannarino & Brasfield, A Division of KJS.

 

Sources:

http://www.jda-inc.com/faq.htm

https://ndaa.org/wp-content/uploads/crash_reconstruction_basics.pdf

http://www.actar.org/

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