When a minor car accident occurs, the parties typically exchange information and work with the insurance companies to get the damage fixed. But when the crash is more serious in nature and causes significant damage and/or injuries, accident reconstruction may be necessary in order to get more information to determine liability by reviewing how the accident occurred. Reconstruction experts are typically hired by insurance companies and plaintiff’s lawyers. Accident experts are used by attorneys in both Rhode Island and Massachusetts as well as across New England
Injury attorneys often utilize experts in serious accident
Hiring accident reconstruction experts is a common practice among personal injury lawyers. Jeffrey Nadrich, a Palm Springs Personal Injury Attorney, notes that his firm uses accident reconstruction experts for “catastrophic cases, where liability is disputed.” In complex vehicle accident cases, an accident reconstruction expert may be required in order to win a client’s case.
What Is Accident Reconstruction?
Accident reconstruction is a very detailed process that analyzes various elements of a car crash. It involves gathering known information about the accident through various means, including vehicle damage, skid marks, police reports, traffic reports, weather conditions, estimated speeds, photos and witness accounts.
A reconstruction expert may also perform a mechanical inspection of the vehicle and determine if everything was in working order at the time of the accident. This is because tires, brakes and steering can become defective and cause crashes. If the accident involved a big rig, the driver log book and the truck’s black box – which contains data about elements such as speed and braking – may also be examined to see if anything points to the cause of the accident. This data is gathered using electronic surveying equipment. Once all the known data is inputted, the expert then works backwards to fill in the missing pieces. This involves advanced knowledge of friction, angle of impact, weights of the vehicles, the direction of travel and other principles of physics.
Who Can Perform?
Accident reconstruction can only be performed by an expert. An expert must have the requisite experience and skills which can only be acquired through specialized training. It’s not uncommon for law enforcement or automotive experts to perform accident reconstruction. “Accident reconstruction experts have extensive, constant training in all areas relating to motor vehicle accidents including forensic mapping, crash simulation and 3D animation as well as determining the identity of driver and occupants.” Dolman Law