The Importance of an Accident Reconstruction Specialist For Your Case
People injured in an accident may be eligible to seek financial compensation by filing a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent motorist and their insurance company. But in order to prove the accident occurred in the manner that the victim describes and to establish the negligent driver’s liability, it may be necessary to hire an accident reconstruction specialist.
Accident reconstructionists are experts who can provide vital information about the accident and the events leading up to it that can bolster your claim for damages. If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident, you may want to consider working with an experienced auto accident attorney who understands the importance of accident reconstructionists and knows how to use their input or testimony for maximizing compensation.
Who is an Accident Reconstruction Specialist?
Accident reconstruction specialists are professionals accredited through the Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstructionists (ACTAR). They employ a variety of tools and skills for reconstructing accidents based on scientific principles and data.
These professionals may rely on techniques, such as 3D animation, crash simulation, and forensic mapping to demonstrate the position of the vehicle (before and after the crash), and the speed at which the crash may have occurred, among other information.
Accident reconstructionists employ several sophisticated methodologies for identifying key elements that play a part in determining the origin, cause, and severity of an accident. Here are some of the things that an accident reconstruction expert does:
- Visit the accident scene for 3D mapping
- Inspect damage to the vehicles
- Review medical records of the injured parties
- Study the police report
- Watch surveillance footage of the accident
- Interview witnesses
- Examine photos taken following the crash
- Study debris, skid marks, and point of impact
- Retrieve and analyze data from the vehicle black box
Accident reconstruction specialists are trained in reviewing the information captured by a vehicle’s black box. This helps in assessing the events leading up to the crash.
Reconstruction Expert’s Testimony Can Support Your Mississippi Accident Claim
You need to prove the other driver or another party was responsible for the accident to recover compensation in a car crash claim. It can be difficult to prove liability, especially where multiple drivers are involved. Conflicting testimonies from eyewitnesses and those involved can also adversely impact your claim.
Having an expert evaluate the situation and testify on your behalf can prove to be helpful in the long run. Accident reconstruction experts have the ability to employ scientific principles in determining the at-fault party. They can justify their findings with evidence and facts making them credible experts.
You can strengthen your claim and take a tough stand during settlement negotiations by using testimony from a reconstruction expert. These are a few ways an accident reconstructionist can help your claim:
- Identify specific errors committed by the responsible driver
- Establish liability
- Determine all reasons for the crash, such as defective brakes, which can be useful in filing a product liability claim
- Evaluating dangerous road conditions and connecting them to the accident, can help in filing a claim against government entities
Your attorney may use the expert’s testimony as evidence in an insurance claim or for testifying in court (if the case goes to trial). The specialist will explain his/her findings carefully to the juror.
Experienced accident reconstruction experts may create visual aids, like videos and charts for explaining the circumstances surrounding a crash. The testimony and evidence gathered by an accident reconstructionist can be indispensable to enhancing the likelihood of a successful resolution.
Need for an Accident Reconstruction Expert
Animations, reports, and testimony from reconstruction experts are useful in resolving disputes regarding an accident. Committed attorneys are aware of the vital role played by accident reconstructionist specialists and often enlist their services to strengthen claims involving contested or complex liability.
All accident victims don’t automatically need to hire an accident reconstruction expert for reaching a satisfactory settlement with their insurance company. The expert is not required if the sequence of events is easy to establish and the liability is clear.
With that said, you may want to hire an accident reconstructionist in the following situations:
- There are few or no eyewitnesses
- You don’t remember the manner in which the crash happened
- Proving liability is complicated
- Vehicles are destroyed beyond repair
- Accident resulted in fatal or catastrophic injuries
- Claim is higher and hotly contested by the negligent individual’s insurance company
- Vital pieces of evidence are missing
You can better protect your right to obtain fair compensation by reconstructing the accident. The findings by the reconstruction expert can help towards supporting your claim against the liable parties.
Choose Our Results-Driven Mississippi Personal Injury Firm
If you or someone you love has been injured in a devastating car accident, the knowledgeable auto accident attorneys at the Gardner Law Firm may be able to help you seek maximum compensation. Where necessary, we will bring experienced accident reconstruction experts on board to thoroughly examine the accident site and provide vital details, data, and evidence that help corroborate your version of events.
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