What an Accident Reconstructionist Can Do for Your Vehicle Accident Case
You are stopped at a four-way intersection equipped with stop signs but no traffic lights. After stopping, you proceed into the intersection, and the car to your left simultaneously moves forward, striking the driver's side of your car. Both of you claim that you had the right of way and that the other driver was in the wrong. In a case like this, and in many other traffic injury cases, accident reconstruction experts can play a vital role in determining liability.
What do accident reconstruction experts do?
Put simply, accident reconstruction experts reconstruct the scene and circumstances of the accident. In doing so, they analyze the degree of liability of each party involved. Accident reconstruction experts have various areas of knowledge, including:
- Forensic mapping
- 3D animation
- Computer simulation
- Biomedical engineering
- Black box download
How do professionals get accredited to be accident reconstruction experts?
In 1985, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration helped assemble a task force to develop standards of practice for the field of traffic accident reconstruction. Five years later, ACTAR, the Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstruction, was formed. ACTAR is not controlled by or part of any governmental agency or authority.
Should you hire an accident reconstructionist before hiring a lawyer?
No. The first and more important step to protecting your interests and ensuring your case is properly managed is to hire competent legal counsel. If it is necessary to bolster your case, your attorney can engage an accident reconstruction expert to assist in proving that another party was at fault for your injuries. Sometimes insurance companies also retain accident reconstruction experts to prove their version of how the accident occurred. In the course of litigation, your attorney can gain access to any expert's report that is submitted as evidence at trial by other parties.
If you’ve been injured in a vehicle accident, you may be confused about your next steps. After getting appropriate emergency medical care, seek the valuable input of an experienced personal injury law firm. A seasoned car accident lawyer can take you through the process of finding out who is responsible for your injuries step by step and help you get the compensation you deserve.