Determining liability after a car accident is not always easy and straightforward. Both parties could claim they aren’t responsible for the accident in any way. When this happens, it is easy to rely on witnesses to corroborate what happened. Unfortunately, sometimes witness statements can conflict with each other. In this case, an accident reconstruction may help your claim.
Hiring an accident reconstruction expert can help to establish liability in a car crash. They can recreate the accident scene based on the evidence to determine how the accident occurred and how it may have contributed to your injuries. If you weren’t at fault for the accident and if other evidence is lacking, a reconstruction could significantly help you.
What is Auto Accident Reconstruction?
Auto Accident reconstruction is a process that utilizes principles of physics and other data to analyze the physical, electronic, video, and audio evidence collected from the accident scene. Accident reconstruction aims to identify the cause of the crash. Gathering this information may help your lawyer establish the other driver’s negligence.
When an accident reconstruction expert works on a case, they typically start at the end of the accident and work in reverse. They closely review the evidence to develop possible scenarios that could have happened. Then, after trial and error, they can reconstruct what happened during the accident.
Accident factors that an accident reconstruction could identify include the following:
- If someone ran a stop sign or red light
- If someone’s speeding caused the accident
- If the driver lost control of their vehicle
- If a driver made an error when they tried to change lanes or turn
- If the road conditions were dangerous
Accident reconstruction experts can submit reports and provide witness testimony to help an accident claim.
How Can Accident Reconstruction Help My Claim?
The expert can determine if an involved driver was liable for the accident by doing an accident reconstruction. They can also determine if there are other potentially liable parties if factors out of your control contributed to the collision.
Accident reconstruction experts are most helpful in the following scenarios:
- The witnesses provide ambiguous statements.
- There are no eyewitnesses.
- Outside factors (like poor road conditions) contributed to the accident.
- Several vehicles are involved in the accident.
- There isn’t enough evidence to clearly indicate how the accident happened and who caused it.
- The parties involved are all blaming someone else for causing the accident.
An accident reconstruction expert can clear up a lot of these issues. Then, once they complete their investigation, they can present the evidence in a way that is easy for everyone involved to understand. For example, they could create a model or computer animation to show what happened during the accident. This kind of evidence is especially useful for convincing a judge or jury if your case goes to court.
How Do I Find an Accident Reconstruction Expert?
A car accident attorney can typically help you find an accident reconstruction expert. It is common for attorneys to have relationships with experts they come back to for car accident cases. Once you hire an attorney, they can determine if an accident reconstruction is the right choice. If so, they can locate an expert for you.
How Long Do I Have to File a Lawsuit to Recover Compensation?
To recover compensation for your injuries, you generally have two years in Ohio to file a lawsuit against the liable party. Accident reconstruction experts need time to reconstruct accidents, and your attorneys need time to gather evidence that may help them with the recreation. Therefore, contacting an attorney soon after the accident is critical to ensure you don’t miss deadlines.
When you contact an attorney soon after the accident, you give them time to:
- Investigate the accident
- Contact experts to provide testimony
- Identify your losses and recoverable damages
- Negotiate with the opposing attorneys
If negotiations don’t reach a settlement, then a lawsuit may be necessary. Attorneys can use accident reconstructions and other expert testimony during court proceedings to demonstrate that you deserve compensation.
A Car Accident Attorney Can Find an Accident Reconstruction Expert For You
If you sustained injuries in a car accident, it is difficult to handle the claim on your own. You could be forced to accept a lower settlement if you don’t have sufficient evidence or haven’t done a proper investigation. Having an accident reconstruction expert work on your case could help provide evidence that proves your claim.
Contact The Fitch Law Firm LLC today for a consultation. We can explain how an accident reconstruction may help your claim. Our team can also provide other information about your legal options. With our team on your side, you can rest assured we will fight for the compensation you deserve.