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How can accident reconstruction help after a car accident?

Whether you've been in an accident before or have only witnessed one happening, it is clear that an automobile collision can happen suddenly and the events leading up to and during the accident occur rather quickly. Therefore, accident victims are often left stunned and confused after the shock of the crash. It can also be difficult to recall everything that happened prior to and during the crash, making accident investigation very important.

How can accident reconstruction help after a car accident? Because information can be conflicting from the parties involved in a crash, victims may not recall everything that happened and there might not be any witnesses, accident reconstruction could help to determine the cause of a crash. Understanding the cause of an automobile collision could help determine fault and liability.

Accident reconstruction does rely on the information gathered at the scene of the accident. In order to understand the basics of the collision, certain facts need to be determined. This includes gathering photos of the final resting position of the vehicle, areas of impact, witness perspectives, collision debris distribution, operator's view of approaching crash, road evidence, interiors of the vehicles and any damage caused.

Understanding the mechanism of a crash could help assess vehicle speed, point of collision and any evidence that could have contributed to the crash. While much of this information could be part of an investigative report, their could be some gaps and details left out. This is where accident reconstruction can help fill these gaps and even verify information.

In order for accident victims to prove liability, he or she must demonstrate that another party caused the crash. This process could be complex and challenging, therefore, it is important to understand any and all resources available.

Source: Ndaa.org, "Crash Reconstruction Basics for Prosecutors," accessed August 5, 2016

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