Are you having problems proving the other driver’s negligence in causing your car accident? Here, we explain how an accident reconstruction expert can help.

How an Accident Reconstruction Expert Can Help in Your Auto Collision Case


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10/3/2018
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When the cause of your car accident is in dispute, you may have to turn to expert witnesses to help you prove that the other driver was at fault. One extremely valuable witness in this situation can be an accident reconstruction expert. However, you will need the guidance of an experienced car accident attorney to know whether this will be helpful to your case and to find a qualified expert who can provide persuasive testimony if your case must go to jury trial.

What Does an Accident Reconstruction Entail?

Reconstruction experts can be qualified due to education, work experience, and training in a variety of professions, such as law enforcement, science, or engineering. An accident reconstruction expert will conduct a thorough investigation of your accident before drawing his conclusions about its cause. This can include the following:

  • Visiting the collision scene
  • Interviewing witnesses
  • Looking at photographs of the scene and any video footage of the accident
  • Reading the police report
  • Evaluating damage to the vehicles
  • Reviewing human and environmental factors
  • Making an assessment of other issues, such as signs, traffic signals, and visibility
  • Reviewing any black box data from the motor vehicles

Once he has completed his investigation, your expert will analyze the data. This will enable him to:

  • Evaluate the physics of the crash scene
  • Calculate vehicle speeds and movements
  • Determine the specific events that caused the accident, the damage to the autos, and injuries to the victims
  • Create a computer-generated reenactment of the crash
  • Testify about his conclusions at a jury trial or to the insurance company adjuster

How Can You Determine If You Need an Accident Reconstruction Expert?

Accident reconstruction experts are not needed in all car accident cases. You should rely on your attorney’s advice on whether one is required in your case. However, these are situations in general where these kind of experts can be useful:

  • Liability is disputed.
  • You or others involved in the accident cannot remember how it occurred.
  • Victims died as a result of their injuries.
  • Other relevant evidence concerning the cause of the wreck is missing.

An accident reconstruction expert can help in both settlement negotiations and if your case must go to jury trial. In some cases, an attorney can use the expert’s findings to convince the insurance company of their liability. In cases that go to trial, a qualified expert can explain technical details of a crash in a way that makes sense to the judge and jury.

If you were injured in a car accident caused by another driver, our experienced car accident attorneys are here to help you obtain the compensation you are entitled to. We have a network of qualified experts we can turn to when necessary. To learn more about your legal options and to get your questions answered, call our office today to schedule a free initial consultation.



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