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  • The Importance of Accident Reconstruction Experts in Accident Cases: A Legal Perspective

    October 15, 2015

    In the aftermath of car accidents, those involved may be seriously injured and unable to provide any facts about how the accident happened. In other cases, people are usually so traumatized that they have very little recall of the sequence of events. They may have been sleeping, talking on the phone, texting, eating or otherwise distracted that they have very little knowledge of how the accident really happened.

    In such cases, it is very difficult for the legal representatives of such victims to put together a strong claim for compensation. Hence, it is crucial that professional vehicular traffic collision experts are called in to conduct their own investigations and form conclusions about the causes and sequence of events in a crash. This is known as “crash reconstruction.”

    What Does Crash Reconstruction Consist of?

    At crash sites, there is a wealth of evidence that can be gathered to reconstruct the events. These would consist of skid marks, gauge marks, debris, etc. There may have been eye-witnesses too. Experts would have to study road and weather conditions of that particular day and time.

    Some countries and states may have special task forces dedicated to crash reconstruction, but in general, most traffic collision experts are private individuals or firms that employ such professionally qualified and experienced people. It is usually a multi-disciplinary team that works on a particular accident. The team may consist of forensic experts, engineers, metallurgical and mechanical specialists, forensic mapping experts, modern-technology experts in 3D mapping, reconstruction, animation etc, automotive technologists, retired police officials, etc.

    This is a job that combines criminal investigations and forensic engineering. Mathematics, physics and materials technology are some of the subjects that experts need to know in this field to establish the role of the vehicle, drivers and the road in causing the accident.

    They can also provide answers to important questions such as:

    • Speed at the time of collision
    • Vehicle positions in terms of avoidability
    • True impact and pre-impact location
    • Magnitude of impact
    • Seat-belts worn or not
    • Visibility issues
    • Who was driving
    • Steering angles
    • Use of lights
    • Braking
    • Acceleration
    • Indicator lights
    • Engine rpm
    • Cruise control
    • Anti-lock brakes

    These and other important aspects are gathered and pieced together to give a complete picture of the crash which can assist law enforcement agencies, victims and others concerned to take further steps.

    While at a crash reconstruction site, the experts need to:

    • Take accurate measurements
    • Take photographs
    • Perform advanced mathematical calculations
    • Observe and analyze all features of the site
    • Examine all available evidence
    • Interview witnesses
    • Prepare reports

    The reports provide data interpretation that includes:

    • Compliance with maintenance regulations
    • Risk analysis
    • Avoidance analysis
    • Driving errors if any
    • Condition of drivers

    After reports are prepared, establishing the sequence of events and causes of the accident, crash reconstruction experts may also be called upon to give court testimony, give evidence in negotiations etc. These experts are usually extremely tech-savvy and can provide state-of-the-art reporting and testimony.

    When Crash Reconstruction Experts are Required

    In simple collisions, it is relatively easy to establish the sequence of events and fix the fault. However, in catastrophic crashes where most of the people are seriously injured or dead, the vehicles are damaged beyond repair and there are few if any witnesses, only a crash reconstruction expert can recreate the scenario accurately.

    When there is litigation, reconstruction experts working with our accident injury lawyers provide reports in which crucial information that’s missing or doubtful is made clear. Experts use simulation models, animation, graphs, etc to prove their findings. Apart from showing how the collision happened they can also demonstrate how it could have been avoided. This is very important in case of an accident injury claim.

    How We Can Assist

    When a devastating crash occurs, after the medical emergencies have been taken care of, victims require top-quality legal assistance. Apart from claiming statutory benefits, if the crash has been caused by the fault or negligence of the other party, it is important that victims get immediate legal representation. This is to ensure that your legal rights are protected. In many cases, following a traumatic accident, victims inadvertently sign papers or give recorded testimony that could compromise later claims for compensation.

    Our catastrophic injury lawyers can ensure that a team of credible, experienced and reputed crash reconstruction experts get to work on gathering evidence to back your claims. Our personal injury lawyers can review all reports and present them to juries or insurance company representatives in a simple and powerful manner for best results.

    If you, your family or a friend has been injured in an accident, please feel free to speak to one of our injury lawyers for a free consultation about how we are able to assist in making a personal injury claim. We consult in all cities across Ontario with a no win no fee guarantee. Our personal injury lawyers have helped victims secure millions of dollars in personal injury cases. Call us Toll Free On our 24/7 Injury Hotline: 1 – 844 495 7333.

  • The Importance of Accident Reconstruction Experts in Accident Cases: A Legal Perspective

    October 15, 2015

    In the aftermath of car accidents, those involved may be seriously injured and unable to provide any facts about how the accident happened. In other cases, people are usually so traumatized that they have very little recall of the sequence of events. They may have been sleeping, talking on the phone, texting, eating or otherwise distracted that they have very little knowledge of how the accident really happened.

    In such cases, it is very difficult for the legal representatives of such victims to put together a strong claim for compensation. Hence, it is crucial that professional vehicular traffic collision experts are called in to conduct their own investigations and form conclusions about the causes and sequence of events in a crash. This is known as “crash reconstruction.”

    What Does Crash Reconstruction Consist of?

    At crash sites, there is a wealth of evidence that can be gathered to reconstruct the events. These would consist of skid marks, gauge marks, debris, etc. There may have been eye-witnesses too. Experts would have to study road and weather conditions of that particular day and time.

    Some countries and states may have special task forces dedicated to crash reconstruction, but in general, most traffic collision experts are private individuals or firms that employ such professionally qualified and experienced people. It is usually a multi-disciplinary team that works on a particular accident. The team may consist of forensic experts, engineers, metallurgical and mechanical specialists, forensic mapping experts, modern-technology experts in 3D mapping, reconstruction, animation etc, automotive technologists, retired police officials, etc.

    This is a job that combines criminal investigations and forensic engineering. Mathematics, physics and materials technology are some of the subjects that experts need to know in this field to establish the role of the vehicle, drivers and the road in causing the accident.

    They can also provide answers to important questions such as:

    • Speed at the time of collision
    • Vehicle positions in terms of avoidability
    • True impact and pre-impact location
    • Magnitude of impact
    • Seat-belts worn or not
    • Visibility issues
    • Who was driving
    • Steering angles
    • Use of lights
    • Braking
    • Acceleration
    • Indicator lights
    • Engine rpm
    • Cruise control
    • Anti-lock brakes

    These and other important aspects are gathered and pieced together to give a complete picture of the crash which can assist law enforcement agencies, victims and others concerned to take further steps.

    While at a crash reconstruction site, the experts need to:

    • Take accurate measurements
    • Take photographs
    • Perform advanced mathematical calculations
    • Observe and analyze all features of the site
    • Examine all available evidence
    • Interview witnesses
    • Prepare reports

    The reports provide data interpretation that includes:

    • Compliance with maintenance regulations
    • Risk analysis
    • Avoidance analysis
    • Driving errors if any
    • Condition of drivers

    After reports are prepared, establishing the sequence of events and causes of the accident, crash reconstruction experts may also be called upon to give court testimony, give evidence in negotiations etc. These experts are usually extremely tech-savvy and can provide state-of-the-art reporting and testimony.

    When Crash Reconstruction Experts are Required

    In simple collisions, it is relatively easy to establish the sequence of events and fix the fault. However, in catastrophic crashes where most of the people are seriously injured or dead, the vehicles are damaged beyond repair and there are few if any witnesses, only a crash reconstruction expert can recreate the scenario accurately.

    When there is litigation, reconstruction experts working with our accident injury lawyers provide reports in which crucial information that’s missing or doubtful is made clear. Experts use simulation models, animation, graphs, etc to prove their findings. Apart from showing how the collision happened they can also demonstrate how it could have been avoided. This is very important in case of an accident injury claim.

    How We Can Assist

    When a devastating crash occurs, after the medical emergencies have been taken care of, victims require top-quality legal assistance. Apart from claiming statutory benefits, if the crash has been caused by the fault or negligence of the other party, it is important that victims get immediate legal representation. This is to ensure that your legal rights are protected. In many cases, following a traumatic accident, victims inadvertently sign papers or give recorded testimony that could compromise later claims for compensation.

    Our catastrophic injury lawyers can ensure that a team of credible, experienced and reputed crash reconstruction experts get to work on gathering evidence to back your claims. Our personal injury lawyers can review all reports and present them to juries or insurance company representatives in a simple and powerful manner for best results.

    If you, your family or a friend has been injured in an accident, please feel free to speak to one of our injury lawyers for a free consultation about how we are able to assist in making a personal injury claim. We consult in all cities across Ontario with a no win no fee guarantee. Our personal injury lawyers have helped victims secure millions of dollars in personal injury cases. Call us Toll Free On our 24/7 Injury Hotline: 1 – 844 495 7333.

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