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The science behind investigating a car accident

After a serious car accident, victims and their families typically want answers. What happened? Who is to blame? What do we do next?

Finding these answers could be as straightforward as talking to the other driver and discussing the situation with an attorney. In fatal crashes or highly complex accidents, though, answers may not come so easily. In these cases, calling in an accident reconstruction professional can be valuable.

What is accident reconstruction?

Accident reconstruction is the scientific investigation into a crash. Reconstructionists use technical analysis of crash data and evidence as well as mathematical formulas to explain what factors contributed to a crash.

Working backwards from the scene of a crash with details like vehicle damage and skid marks, investigators reconstruct the accident. They factor in weather, road conditions and driver behaviors to explain what happened and which party is responsible for the crash. 

What can these investigations reveal?

As this article from one reconstruction company explains, reconstruction efforts can reveal many different details. They might show a driver was traveling very fast at the time of impact, or that a driver likely couldn't see the person or object he or she hit. They could show that a mechanism in a vehicle failed to work properly or that a driver should have been able to stop or avoid a collision but didn't. 

These details are crucial to an investigation, particularly when a victim or family members are seeking damages through a legal claim.

Can this help my case?

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a serious accident, getting answers can be crucial. If it is not possible to secure these answers through sources like video recordings, witness statements and police reports, then working with a reconstruction professional who can do a scientific analysis of the data can be a good option.

Understand, though, that you don't need to make these decisions or track down evidence yourself after a crash. You can work with an attorney who can focus on the details of your case so that you can focus on your recovery.

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