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Reconstructing a car crash helps to establish fault

Establishing fault begins with a thorough investigation, which often means reconstructing the accident and collecting evidence left behind.

Scene mapping

The team investigating the scene of a vehicle crash on behalf of an injured victim may include traffic accident reconstructionists and forensic engineers. These professionals will use surveying equipment to take measurements, which they will use to construct a diagram of the conditions and evidence surrounding the crash. Skid marks, fluid stains and roadway defects are examples of evidence the professionals use in scene mapping.

Roadway evidence collection

Evidence at the crash scene can show the final resting positions of the vehicles and the points of impact. Other evidence to gather might include:

– Debris from damaged car parts

– Glass from broken windshields

– Cargo separated from vehicles

– Damage to barriers, guardrails, curbs, mailboxes and other objects

– Gouges in pavement or dirt

– Scarring to trees or telephone poles

It is important to investigate the crash site as soon as possible since weather and traffic issues can cause evidence to vanish quickly.

Compensation goals

If you are the injured victim of a vehicle crash, you may need hospitalization, perhaps followed by a rehabilitation program. You may need ongoing treatment for months if not years. In short, a collision that occurs in the blink of an eye may leave you with life-changing issues. You have the right to expect full and fair compensation to cover your medical expenses, lost wages and more. Accident reconstruction as part of the investigation to help determine the cause of the crash will help you achieve that objective.