What is accident reconstruction, and how can it affect my Pennsylvania auto accident case?
For Philadelphia injury lawyers, figuring-out which driver is responsible for a Pennsylvania auto accident is oftentimes not easy. This is especially so if one or both of the drivers are unconscious after the crash. In those cases, the drivers will not be helpful in deciding liability, which is where an auto accident reconstructionist is important. Your Philadelphia auto accident lawyer will also hire such an expert in accidents where the driver or divers are in shock from their injuries, and cannot give specifics on what happened to cause the accident. Of course, independent eyewitnesses are helpful, but sometimes there are no such witnesses.
So what exactly is an accident reconstructionist?
Accident reconstruction is basically what the name says — it is an expert who “reconstructs” how an auto crash occurred, instead of having to rely on faulty memories of the drivers, or conflicting eyewitness testimony. The auto accident reconstruction expert makes use of actual evidence from the scene, as well as scientific methods to make a conclusion as to how a Pennsylvania auto accident happened.
The evidence the reconstructionist uses in his investigation runs the gamut. It will often include skid marks, broken glass, photographs from the scene AND, very importantly, the property damage to both vehicles. Inspecting the vehicles is critical. The expert will look at what part of each vehicle was damaged? Did the airbags deploy? Were seatbelts a factor?
Why is such an expert necessary if it is clear who is at fault?
I use an accident reconstructionist in many of my personal injury auto accident settlement cases. I find it is extremely useful in getting the other side to back down from defending the case, as my expert can write a report detailing what happened from just before the impact to right after.
If you think that such an expert is necessary for your case, the vehicle must be stored and not touched by anyone until the reconstructionist can take possession of the vehicle. Otherwise, the “evidence” could be spoiled, and my expert will not be able to do his or her job.