After a car accident, you may want to pursue a personal injury claim against the at-fault party to receive compensation for your damages. However, to receive compensation for the damages caused, you’ll have to prove the at-fault party’s liability. While it might be easy to determine fault in some accidents, that’s not always the case. That’s why at Setareh Law, we work with various specialists, including accident reconstruction experts, when handling your case.
An accident reconstructionist plays a vital role in strengthening your case, as they can help jurors visualize the scene of the accident, how it happened, and what caused it. With the help of an accident reconstructionist, our highly skilled lawyers can help you prove liability and fight for your rights.
Who Is an Accident Reconstruction Expert?
An accident reconstruction expert is a skilled professional who uses their skills and knowledge to recreate an accident and determine what caused it. They are highly trained and usually use computer models to simulate the collision. After thoroughly reviewing every aspect of the accident, they provide a detailed report on the events preceding, during, and after the accident. Some of the information that an accident reconstructionist analyzes include:
- Pictures of the accident scene
- The police report
- Photos of the damaged vehicles
- Witness statements
- Medical reports of the injured parties
- Data from the vehicles’ data recorders
Accident reconstruction experts have a background in engineering, mechanics, and applied science and are sometimes law enforcement officers specializing in accident reconstruction. Having the testimony of these experts may have a significant impact on your personal injury claim.
When Do You Need an Accident Reconstruction Expert?
While not every case will need an accident reconstruction expert, some need this extra step to validate your claim. This depends on the issues at hand and the complications in your case. Some of the circumstances that may require an accident reconstruction include:
- The parties involved don’t recall the details and events of the crash
- There were no credible eyewitnesses or recordings of the accident
- Fault is difficult to prove or not immediately apparent
- The parties involved suffered severe or fatal injuries
- There were multiple vehicles involved in the accident
- There is conflicting information about the crash
At our firm, our experienced lawyers will evaluate your case and determine whether hiring an accident reconstruction expert is necessary. We understand that having an accident reconstructionist is not cheap, so we will only recommend it when it’s best for your case.
What Does an Accident Reconstructionist Do?
Typically, an accident reconstruction specialist works backwards from the facts about the crash to determine what happened. They use a wide range of methodologies to determine the elements that played a part in the accident. Some of the services that an accident reconstruction provides include:
- Visiting the accident scene
- Inspecting the damages caused to the vehicles
- Reviewing the medical records, police report, and surveillance
An accident reconstructionist helps answer the many questions that may arise in your case. They generally investigate the accident, analyze their findings, and draw meaningful conclusions about what happened.
How an Accident Reconstruction Expert May Help Your Claim
Unfortunately, establishing fault for an accident is often complicated. The supposed at-fault parties may not be honest about what happened, and their insurance companies may undervalue your claim or try to deny your charges. This makes it important to have experts who can review the crash and help you determine the liable party. That’s where an accident reconstructionist comes in.
When filing an accident claim, a reconstructionist can help your case by determining and proving the liability. They can find evidence of negligence by investigating the accident scene, collecting details, and reconstructing it. Typically, an accident reconstruction expert can help your claim by:
- Providing clarity with conflicting eyewitness testimonies
- Determining the speed of the vehicles
- Showing if visibility was a problem
- Reconstructing the sequence of events during the accident and how the collision occurred
- Showcasing the position of the vehicles during the collision
- Determining whether the vehicle lights were used
- Showing whether the brakes were used before the accident
- Establishing the steering angles
- Determining whether there was a vehicle malfunction
Having an accident reconstruction expert can make a huge difference in your claim. They provide clarity and address the inconsistencies in your case. Their findings may include evidence that proves the at-fault driver’s negligence caused the accident. This makes them crucial in complicated cases where liability is not straightforward.
Contact Experienced Lawyers at Setareh Law to Get Started With Your Claim
After an accident, the defendant, their insurance companies, and their lawyers may use sneaky tactics or exploit the gaps in your claim. This makes it difficult to prove negligence in your personal injury claim. When your claim is overly complicated, an accident reconstruction expert may validate your claim and bring clarity. Accident reconstruction experts work hand-in-hand with personal injury lawyers to prove liability and help you get the financial compensation you deserve.
At Setareh Law, we understand that the stakes for a personal injury claim can be very high. That’s why we do everything possible to help your case, even if it means hiring an accident reconstruction expert. Contact our Spanish-speaking lawyers today at (310) 659-1826 or through our online form to learn how we can represent your interests.