Can an Accident Reconstructionist Help Solve a Personal Injury Dispute?
- Dan T. Matrafajlo
- Thu Jun 2018
All things considered, you’re really not sure how the car crash happened at all. Your mind is a big blur – complicated by the fact that you are still recovering. You spent days in a coma. When your attorney suggests retaining the services of an accident reconstructionist, it sounds like a great idea.
Driving in New Jersey can be busy, challenging, and sometimes dangerous—no matter what time of the year. Imagine it is nice sunny day as you drive east on Route 22. You are traveling at what you believe is about 55 m.p.h. In all honestly, it’s the last part of your ride that you really recall.
The next thing you remember is waking up in the hospital. You are grateful to be alive. Meanwhile, you would do anything in your power to essentially turn back time.
In our final blog in a series on expert witnesses in personal injury cases, we will discuss car accident reconstructionist expert witnesses. These professionals provide expert witness testimony in court to recreate what caused a serious car accident, explore what led up to the accident, and decide who is at fault.
What is a Car Accident Reconstructionist?
If you’ve been involved in a car accident and want to claim injuries, you might need to prove in court who and what caused the accident. This is because each driver will have a different version of how the collision occurred. A car accident reconstructionist can identify factors involved in the crash that can identify the cause and determine who is at fault.
A car accident reconstructionist will analyze photographs, video, measurements and statements taken at the scene by police to investigate the physical and mechanical evidence of the crash. This includes the damage to the cars, the length of skid marks on the pavement, pavement scars, direction the cars were traveling, the angles of the impact, the relationship of the accident located to intersections, and the final resting place of the vehicles.
Once this information has been gathered, investigators will use scientific models and computer animation to calculate the speed and movements of each vehicle prior to the accident, the effect of the impact on each vehicle, whether the drivers had control, if poor visibility was a factor, and whether drivers could have avoided the collision. They will analyze the injuries sustained and conclude whether any driving errors caused the accident.
The findings will enable the reconstructionist to determine whose version of an auto accident is consistent with the physical evidence. They can show what actually happened. Their testimony can help demonstrate liability for personal injuries and wrongful deaths in car accidents.
If you have suffered a serious injury in a car crash or if have lost a loved one in an auto accident, you should retain the services experienced automobile accident attorney. Beninato & Matrafajlo Attorneys at Law has worked with professional expert witnesses and will fight for your right to recover monetary losses that you deserve caused by an injury in a car accident. Contact us today for a free consultation.