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What Does a Car Accident Reconstructionist Do?

September 18, 2023 Legal Team

While some personal injury and motor vehicle collision cases may seem straightforward, others can often involve intricate aspects that require thorough investigation and inspection. This is where an accident reconstruction specialist steps in to help. 

By meticulously reviewing the incident, this expert aims to fill in any missing pieces and deliver the vital proof needed for a solid personal injury claim. Their expertise could potentially be key when navigating complex issues that arise within these cases. 

What Does a Car Accident Reconstructionist Do?

What Exactly is an Accident Reconstructionist?

An accident reconstructionist is a professional equipped with specialized knowledge, skills, and education in the realm of accident investigation. They usually boast advanced education, substantial hands-on experience, and often have conducted peer-reviewed research which guarantees their proficiency in this highly detailed field.

Armed with principles of physics, engineering, and mathematics, these specialists scrutinize various elements involved in accidents to determine what exactly happened.

How an Accident Reconstructionist Investigates An Accident

An accident reconstruction specialist employs a vast range of resources to meticulously analyze the causes and details of an accident. This includes investigating skid marks, reviewing photographs or video footage from the scene, examining police reports, reviewing eyewitness statements, and inspecting property damage. Medical records proving the injuries you sustained are also crucial in their evaluation.

Additionally, they look into factors such as street surface conditions where the accident occurred, weather status at the incident time, and even perform rigorous vehicle inspections including reviews of maintenance logs.

By analyzing all these elements, the expert can then form a comprehensive opinion about crucial aspects such as the speed of vehicles at impact moment, point and angle of collision between the parties involved, driver visibility, and the possibility of accident avoidance had different measures been taken.

Other Methods a Reconstructionist Uses

Accident reconstruction specialists employ other techniques to conduct their investigations, using state-of-the-art technology for precision and accuracy.

For example, 3D animation can help recreate the accident scene providing a clearer visualization of events as they unfolded, drone mapping offers an aerial view of the accident site, providing comprehensive spatial context, and laser scanning captures detailed measurements of elements of the scene, like skid marks or vehicle damage which aids in the analysis of how the accident occurred and who was at fault.

Additionally, a reconstructionist will look at a vehicle’s ‘black box,’ which almost all vehicles on the roads have today. They can extract valuable information locked within a vehicle’s black box following accidents, uncovering details such as speed before impact or if and when the brakes were pressed.

How This Helps in a Car Accident Claim

In addition to their investigative role, an accident reconstruction specialist can serve as an expert witness should your case proceed to trial. The complexities of a vehicle accident can be challenging for jury members to comprehend fully. 

The reconstructionist can take complex ideas and present them to the jury in clear, understandable terms. They help break down factors responsible for an accident, laying out events leading up to it.

Ultimately, their role includes determining and explaining who was likely at fault in causing the accident, how it happened, and whether any faulty equipment contributed to its occurrence. 

If you’ve been involved in an accident that wasn’t your fault, we can help. Our legal team can leverage our resources and find an accident reconstructionist to work with. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.