How Does Accident Reconstruction Work?
When you are in an automotive accident, your entire life turns upside down in an instant. Whether you suffer minor or major injuries, you will need to involve your insurance company and maybe even file a lawsuit against the at-fault driver. In fact, the most severe accidents often require accident reconstruction to pinpoint the exact cause of the crash and if there were multiple parties responsible. The team from Rossetti & DeVoto, PC utilizes crash reconstruction experts to investigate accidents for their clients. Let’s take a look at what accident reconstruction involves and how it can be useful for your case.
Defining Accident Reconstruction
Accident reconstruction is determining the circumstances leading up to and the events of a crash. So, if a personal injury attorney wants to reconstruct an accident, provide them with permission as it will help to build your case. Therefore, this process will help an attorney determine why the accident occurred. To conduct accident reconstruction for a car accident in New Jersey, experts require the following data:
- Final rest positions of all vehicles involved
- Evidence from the scene of the accident
- Damage to all vehicles involved
Other items needed to help the reconstruction of an accident scene include the police report, witness statements, photographs of vehicle damage, photographs of the accident scene and immediate surroundings, depositions, and any other evidence related to the crash.
What Does Accident Reconstruction Solve?
Accident reconstruction can provide answers to these questions:
- Sight distance
- Speed of the vehicles
- Violations of codes
- Severity of the collision
The Event Data Recorder
Did you know that your vehicle, if manufactured within the last 10 to 15 years, has an event data recorder (EDR)? In fact, this device functions like an airplane’s black box. So, the EDR collects information related to an accident. The EDR can compile any of the following data:
- Angle of the steering wheel
- Duration of the crash
- RPM of the engine
- Speed of the vehicle
- Size of the vehicle occupant
- Number of impacts
- Force of the collision
- Deployment of airbags
- Number of people in the vehicle
- Position of front seats
- Amount of force applied to brakes
- Roll angle of the vehicle in a rollover crash
Interviews with Crash Victims
Reconstruction experts will want to interview you and anyone else who was in the vehicle at the time of the crash. Hence, interviews with crash victims help experts understand the moments leading up to the crash. If the victim can remember what happened during the vehicle impact, it can help the reconstruction process tremendously. Medical records might also play a role in reconstructing the accident scene based on the severity and types of injuries.
Injured in a Car Crash? Call a Personal Injury Attorney Today
If you or a loved one suffered an injury in a motor vehicle accident, you must consult with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. You deserve compensation for your injuries, especially if you miss work for medical rehabilitation. Call the office of Rossetti & DeVoto, PC at (844) 263-6260 to schedule a free consultation with one of our skilled personal injury attorneys and begin the accident reconstruction process.