A crash reconstruction specialist can often end up being the most important person in an accident investigation, especially where death or serious injuries have occurred. In a courtroom, a crash reconstruction can be the piece of evidence that convinces a jury to award significant compensation, as it allows them to actually see the accident.
So, what does a crash reconstruction specialist do? In short, they analyze data from a crash. He or she will visit the site, and perform multiple analysis. One example are skid marks. A specialist will examine the start and stopping points of those marks, as well as measure how far a vehicle skidded in total. The direction of a skid will also be noted. Other analysis may include observing the damage to all involved vehicles.
Technology plays a huge role in today’s courtrooms. Some vehicles are equipped with data collection boxes, which a crash reconstruction specialist may retrieve. These boxes can provide information such as speed at the time of a crash, brake depression, and whether or not seatbelts were worn. All of this, combined with observances made at the actual crash site, can be input into a simulation software that will then show the jury a simulation of an accident. This is a much more reliable account of events than a witness who changes his or her story several times.
An experienced car accident attorney can assist you in locating a reputable crash reconstruction specialist who can help win your case. Having these tools may result in a significantly larger compensation and award.