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Do you need a crash reconstructionist on your legal team?

On Behalf of | Sep 12, 2020 | Personal Injury

If you live in New Jersey, you have some risk of having an automobile accident every time you climb behind the wheel of your car. In fact, in the last two decades, there were at least 240,000 car crashes on Garden State roadways every single year.

In any automobile accident, you are vulnerable to serious bodily injury and substantial property damage. If you can assign blame for the accident, you may be eligible for financial compensation. A crash reconstructionist can help you understand how the accident happened.

The role of a reconstructionist

A reconstructionist uses math, science, physics and detective work to determine how a motor vehicle accident unfolded. To do so, he or she may examine the following physical evidence:

  • Vehicle damage
  • Skid marks
  • Traffic patterns
  • Weather conditions
  • Other relevant matters

After surveying and mapping the accident scene, a crash reconstructionist inputs data into a sophisticated computer program. This program uses mathematical algorithms to recreate accident events. If the reconstructionist is an experienced professional in the field, a judge may allow him or her to testify as an expert witness.

The limitations of other evidence

Following any collision, it is a good idea to contact police officers and have them write an official report. Much of this report, though, likely depends on witness accounts. Witness reports may be unreliable or contradictory, though, as car accidents are often stressful events that happen quickly.

Because of the limitations of other evidence, you may be looking for a more reliable account of the crash. While you probably must pay your reconstructionist for his or her services, a reconstructionist’s high-quality evidence may make him or her a beneficial addition to your legal team.