The Importance of the Accident Reconstruction Specialist for Your Case
is an invaluable service when it comes to litigation of a personal injury or wrongful death case involving one or more motor vehicles. The accident may be either a vehicle to vehicle or vehicle to pedestrian crash. Being able to use the latest software to recreate the events accurately can corroborate witness testimony, show the actual impact that caused trauma, and help determine the fault in the case.
Accident reconstruction experts have extensive, constant training in all areas relating to motor vehicle accidents including forensic mapping, crash simulation and 3D animation as well as determining the identity of driver and occupants.
- Motor vehicle accidents – Reconstruction by experts can determine speeds at impact, positioning prior to impact and the location of impact. The pre-impact locations, the force of the impact leading to injuries and the use of seatbelts can also be determined. Determining who was driving is also an issue after serious accidents, especially if seatbelts were not used.
- Pedestrian collisions – Pedestrian accidents are particularly challenging when it comes to reconstruction. They often occur in areas where there is a mixture of vehicles, pedestrians, signals and intersections. Trained experts are often required, that thoroughly understand evidence and its relationship to the five main types of pedestrian collisions. These types of accidents are:
Wrap trajectory - This collision usually involves a decelerating vehicle that strikes an adult pedestrian. The pedestrian's torso wraps up onto the hood of the vehicle.
Forward projection - This type of accident occurs with children primarily because the center of mass in lower than the front of the vehicle.
Fender Vault - In these collisions the pedestrian contacts an outer edge of the vehicle and the torso is wrapped onto the hood, exiting of off the side of the vehicle.
Roof Vault - These are generally high speed impact collisions where the pedestrian becomes airborne.
Somersault - In these less common collisions, the pedestrian is flipped into the air and onto the pavement due to high speed impact.
A careful analysis of a pedestrian collision scene, the pedestrian's injuries, as well as the condition and location of vehicle damage, is used by the expert to determine the point and force of impact. In addition any injuries occurred after the person was on the ground possibly by a second vehicle may be determined.
- Motorcycle Accidents – Injuries and deaths involving motorcycle riders and passengers have increased steadily as ridership numbers increase and helmet laws are relaxed. Accident reconstruction specialists can reconstruct all of the specifics that led to a motorcycle accident. They are specially trained in the dynamics surrounding the motion and operation of motorcycles. Thorough evaluation by reconstruction experts is required in many cases to determine the actual cause and fault of motorcycle crashes.
- Trucks and buses – The special dynamics of trucks and buses involved in accidents needs to be considered. The large size, longer stopping distances, higher center of gravity are all factors that an expert accident reconstruction specialist will be trained to apply. The force of a truck collision with a car is virtually inconceivable to anyone other than a professional reconstructionist.
Accident reconstruction teams have special training and equipment to measure an accident scene in a minimal time frame, so that the scene can be cleared quickly. State of the art surveying equipment is used to create an infinitely accurate 3D model of the scene. Evidence is preserved in addition to witness recollection and damaged vehicles.
Accident Reconstruction and Your Case
Accident Reconstruction is often a key element in determining the cause and fault in an accident. It can identify contributory negligence on one or more parties due to carelessness, aggressiveness, faulty road conditions, equipment failures or a number of other factors. Without the aid of a trained accident reconstruction specialist, a personal injury attorney would have to rely on testimony that is often conflicting and witnesses that are often reluctant of inaccurate. If you are involved in an accident where you were injured it is important that you hire an attorney that has the resources to hire a professional accident reconstruction company to further your case.
Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA has extensive experience in handling every type of accident where injury or wrongful death was the result. We have the investigative team to gather evidence, preserve it and reconstruct the scene including all the events leading up to it. With Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA on your side you are guaranteed that your case will be constructed for maximum results in obtaining a significant settlement. Contact a personal injury attorney at Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA today for a free consultation.
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This article was written and reviewed by Matthew Dolman. Matt has been a practicing civil trial, personal injury, products liability, and mass tort lawyer since 2004. He has represented over 11,000 injury victims and has served as lead counsel in over 1000 lawsuits. Matt is a lifetime member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum for resolving individual cases in excess of $1 million and $2 million, respectively. He has also been selected by his colleagues as a Florida Superlawyer and as a member of Florida’s Legal Elite on multiple occasions. Further, Matt has been quoted in the media numerous times and is a sought-after speaker on a variety of legal issues and topics.