When a car accident occurs and the circumstances surrounding the cause of the accident are unclear, an accident reconstructionist may be hired by one side as an expert witness. An accident reconstructionist is a professional who specializes in investigating and analyzing the causes of automobile accidents. This involves the use of scientific methods and tools to reconstruct the events leading up to and following an accident, to determine what happened, why it happened, and who was at fault.
What Is the Reconstruction Process Like?
Accident reconstructionists typically have a background in engineering, physics, or other specialized fields and often hold advanced degrees in these areas. They may work for law enforcement agencies, insurance companies, private investigation firms, or have their own dedicated accident reconstruction business.
The cases accident reconstructionists work on are often unique and require specialized knowledge.
The process of accident reconstruction typically begins with a thorough physical investigation of the accident scene. Examining skid marks, debris, and other physical evidence, as well as analyzing witness statements, police reports, and other documentation related to the accident is necessary for the reconstructionist to get the full picture of the accident. The reconstructionist will visit the scene at different times of day and under different weather conditions if necessary to better understand the conditions that contributed to the accident.
Using Data to Establish Fault
Using this information, the reconstructionist can create a computer model or simulation of the accident, based on general scientific principles. This model will take into account vehicle speed, weight, road conditions, visibility, and other environmental factors. The reconstructionist may also use crash test data and other scientific research to better understand the dynamics of the accident.
Based on analysis completed using their model, the reconstructionist will make a determination as to what happened and who was at fault. At this point, accident reconstructionists are often called upon to testify in court as expert witnesses, providing their analysis and opinions as sworn testimony in personal injury or wrongful death cases. In these situations, their role is to present their findings in a clear and understandable manner, often using visual aids such as diagrams and animations to help explain complex scientific concepts to a jury.
Enlist the Help of Our Firm to Work with an Accident Reconstructionist for Your Case
Accident reconstructionists play a critical role in determining the causes of complicated automobile accidents, and their work can be invaluable in ensuring that justice is served in cases where accidents do occur. At Charles E. Boyk Law Offices, we will retain the most experienced accident reconstructionists to guarantee the best possible outcome. Call today to start reviewing the details of your case.