Robert Sparks Attorneys's personal injury attorneys recently attended a seminar on car accident reconstruction. One part of a personal injury case involves proving liability, which is basically proving that the other driver was at fault for the car accident. In most cases, this involves analyzing the statements of the drivers, reviewing witness statements, photos of the scene, and photos of the damage which show the points of impact where the vehicles collided. A police officer may also issue a citation based on his investigation by looking at the position of the cars on the roadway after the accident and investigating the scene.
An Accident Reconstructionist will take this analysis even further by adding science and physics into the equation. They measure skid marks on the scene and can differentiate between pre- and post- impact tire marks to help determine what happened in the accident. They can use those measurements to calculate speed and which direction the vehicles were coming from. They can also calculate speed by analyzing damage measurements on the vehicle and paint transfers from one vehicle to the other.
Road conditions also play a part into their investigation. For example, vehicles in wet or snowy conditions can skid just as far as on a clear day even if the vehicles are being driven much slower. They also look at satellite pictures, defects in the road itself, and even GPS data from cell phones to help with their analysis. Sometimes an Accident Reconstructionist can identify mechanical defects in the vehicle based on their review of the accident.
As science and technology continue to improve and become a bigger part of our lives, it is not surprising that Accident reconstructionist are using it to their advantage to better understand car accidents and how they happen. The overall benefit is that it may lead to safer roads, safer warning signs on roads, and even safer vehicles.