Car accidents commonly lead to serious injuries, as well as costly emotional and financial damages. When an accident occurs, it is important to determine who was at fault for the collision so that person or party can be held liable for damages.
To prove liability for a car accident, the attorneys at Charpentier Law Firm, P. A. work alongside experts in the field who gather and interpret evidence. One such expert is a car accident reconstructionist. By presenting an accurate car accident reconstruction, our Melbourne, FL attorneys have a better chance of obtaining compensation for your injuries.
What Is Car Accident Reconstruction?
Car accident reconstruction is a methodical process that essentially recreates a collision to determine the mechanics of the accident, the circumstances surrounding it, and the contributing factors.
An accident reconstructionist relies on physics, mathematics, photogrammetry (taking measurements from photographs), and computer science to answer a series of questions that help determine why and how an accident occurred.
Information that may be presented by an accident reconstruction includes:
- The speed of the vehicles at the time of the collision
- Whether the vehicles were braking at the time of the accident
- The angles of the vehicles at the point of impact
This information is important to determining issues such as visibility, driver behavior, collision severity, and the cause of the accident.
Sources of Information
Since accident reconstruction experts are not at the scene of the accident when it occurs, they must work backwards to create an accurate picture of the collision. They start with the information that is known and use that to fill in the gaps of what they don’t know.
We will rely on as many of the following sources as possible when investigating:
- Police reports
- Photos from the scene of the accident
- Photos of accident damage
- Vehicle inspection (when possible a reconstructionist will schedule an in-person vehicle inspection, rather than relying on photos alone)
- Deposition transcripts
- Witness testimony
How Can Accident Reconstruction Help My Case?
Any time there are questions regarding the details of an accident, it is important to get an accident reconstructionist involved. Accident reconstruction uses solid data and scientific process to recreate the scene of an accident so that questions of cause and liability can be answered.
As far as legal processes go, most judges and jury members are far more likely to trust the expert opinion of an accident reconstructionist than testimony from someone involved in the accident.
Ultimately, car accident reconstruction provides valuable insight that can strengthen our clients’ cases and increase the likelihood that they will receive the maximum compensation they are due for accident damages.
If you have been involved in an auto accident, an attorney, such as those at Charpentier Law Firm, P.A., can be of great assistance as you seek compensation for damages. To learn more about your legal rights, contact us online at your earliest convenience or call (321) 308-8020 to schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys.