After you’ve been in a serious car accident, you may not be able to remember exactly what happened, or in some cases, anything at all. Physical injury, shock, mental trauma, or simply being blindsided can all result in an inability to recall the events surrounding the crash.
So how do you prove what happened in a court for your personal injury suit to succeed? By engaging the services of an accident reconstruction expert. Here’s what you need to know.
What Does an Accident Reconstruction Expert Do?
When you obtain the services of a professional accident reconstruction expert, he or she will be able to use forensic science, scene investigation skills, and any evidence available to recreate what happened and help determine who was at responsible for the crash.
Your reconstruction expert may visit the location of the accident and gather physical evidence from the environment, including photographs of the road and any skid marks or tire tracks, debris, and any objects or features that may have contributed to the crash, such as traffic lights, stop signs, and potential hazards. He or she will also likely examine the vehicles involved, including the physical damage and any “black box” data from engine computers, especially if the accident involved a commercial truck. Your expert may even be able to provide the answer as to who was driving, especially if someone is lying to cover up a problem such as lack of insurance or a lack of driver’s license.
Experts often look for maintenance issues that could have contributed to an accident, as well, such as brakes that failed due to a lack of maintenance, or other mechanical problems that, if they had been repaired in a safe and timely fashion, could have prevented the accident.
Reconstruction experts will often also interview not only the people involved in the accident, but also any eyewitnesses, and may even look for footage from any nearby traffic or security cameras that captured the crash. Weather conditions that could play a factor may also be included.
Using all of the information gathered and his or her skills and experience, the experts will then typically perform tasks such as the following to help your case:
- Examine the physics of the accident, and calculate direction and speed for the vehicles involved.
- Provide insight as to what specific events likely caused the accident, and what damage occurred as a result.
- Determine the likeliest causes of any injuries in the accident.
- Report the results to the insurance company.
- Testify in court at your personal injury trial.
Reconstruction experts frequently use digital technology to build an animated recreation of the accident as well. He or she may appear on the stand as an expert witness, or simply provide the footage to your legal team to help visually demonstrate to the judge and jury the circumstances of the accident.
How Accident Reconstruction Helps You
The goal of any accident reconstruction expert is to find the truth of what happened in your accident. He or she will provide an unbiased report based on the facts available, using a wide variety of disciplines. A successful personal injury suit hinges on being able to prove the negligence of the other driver—despite the claims of the defense to the contrary. Reconstruction experts can help you make your case and get the justice that you deserve after the accident.
Get Legal Help After an Accident
If you or a loved one have been in a serious car accident and it’s not your fault, you have the right to seek justice in a court of law. You may be owed money for your medical bills, rehabilitation costs, lost wages and future earnings, repair or replacement of your vehicle, pain and suffering, and more. A personal injury attorney who has experience working with accident reconstruction experts can help you build your case and get the compensation that you’re owed so that you can get back to your life.
Wayne Wright LLP has been helping victims of serious car accidents in Texas recover financially for decades, and we’re here to help you get back on your feet. Reach out to us by telephone, click the live chat box, or use the contact link to send us an email and get a free, no-obligation consultation with a legal professional about your accident today.