After an auto accident and the cars are driven or towed away from the scene, it can be hard to tell what exactly happened to cause the collision. In personal injury cases where determining the fault is imperative, it’s necessary to reconstruct the accident. Accident reconstructionists can help.
What is Accident Reconstruction?
Accident reconstruction is the process of investigating a motor vehicle collision, taking the evidence available and using scientific and mathematical formulas to make conclusions about what happened to cause the accident. Accident reconstruction is a very involved process that involves the use of physics and engineering principles, and a report is provided that can be presented by an expert witness in a personal injury case.
When Is Accident Reconstruction Done?
Accident reconstruction is often done when there has been a fatality or often when commercial vehicles are involved. Accident reconstruction can be done for any accident, but it’s typically reserved for more serious collisions. It’s unlikely that reconstruction will be done after a fender bender.
Sometimes law enforcement decides to do an accident reconstruction, and they have their own resources for doing so. In some small California towns, police officers who have been moderately trained to reconstruct an accident may perform the reconstruction. However, this never provides as much information as a reconstruction done properly by a professional.
Do I Need to Hire My Own Accident Reconstructionist?
If your accident was serious, discuss with your auto accident lawyer how you may benefit from bringing a professional accident reconstructionist on board. Unbiased professional accident reconstructionists can work with you to provide information about how the accident occurred, so you can not only get peace of mind but also present the information to the court in a civil lawsuit.
If the police or even the other side decides to have a reconstruction done, don’t assume that this will be enough to prove your case. Even the laws of physics can be presented in a certain way to show the preferred party in the best light. If the stakes are high, you can benefit greatly from having your own accident reconstruction done.
When to Call a California Car Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one were harmed in an auto collision, don’t wait to contact an attorney as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the more evidence can become buried or disappear. Reach out to a lawyer right away to protect your best interests — call Zink & Lenzi Injury Lawyers today for a consultation at (530) 895-1234.