“Accident Reconstructionist” is a title you may not have heard before but hiring one could save you a lot of money when dealing with the fall-out from an auto accident. While some accidents are cut-and-dry when it comes to finding fault, establishing liability, and coming to a settlement, some cases aren’t as straight-forward or get disputed by the opposite party. Even cases that should be obvious – like a car running a red light – aren’t always uncontested and may need professional evidence to help establish the facts. This is where an accident reconstructionist comes in. 

What is an Accident Reconstructionist?

An accident reconstructionist is someone who has been specially trained in the field of forensic engineering which includes training in law enforcement, physics, mathematics, and traffic accident reconstruction engineering. Reconstructionists are often hired to serve as both investigators and expert witnesses. This means that they will gather and analyze data to help reconstruct an accident and are qualified to present this data in court in order to help a case where cause or liability may be in question. 

How Does it Work?

Accident recon starts with the gathering of evidence including eye witness statements, skid marks, the final resting position and placement of the vehicles, weather reports for the time of the accident, and placement and severity of the damage. All of this information is fed into software which creates models and simulations of how the accident occurred. The reconstructionist then uses these models, along with their own understanding of mathematics and physics, to draw professional conclusions about what happened, why, and who is at fault. 

Why do I Need it?

The greatest value in accident recon is that it can be presented formally in court as specific data and hard numbers. This is much more convincing than eye witness accounts when it comes to establishing liability. If you are dealing with a case where liability is contested, especially in court, an accident reconstructionist can mean the difference between winning and losing your case. 

The National Biomechanical Institute has trained, experienced accident reconstructionist available to help in a variety of cases involving cars, bicycles, motorcycles, and trucks. If you are in need of a reconstruction specialist, contact us today for a complimentary case evaluation, and one of our directors will be in touch within 24 hours to discuss how we can help you.