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How Can an Accident Reconstructionist Help in a Truck Accident Case?

Posted in Truck Accident on July 6, 2020

If you’ve been involved in a truck accident, you know how serious a case can be. Car accidents are bad enough, but when a big rig gets into an accident, it can do irreparable damage and leave survivors with severe injuries. If you’ve been a victim of a truck accident, reach out to an experienced personal injury attorney. You may be eligible for financial compensation.

When you start building your case, you’ll need to recall the circumstances of your accident. Unfortunately, you may not remember exactly what happened, or what caused your accident. The other driver and insurance companies may disagree with your account. An accident reconstructionist can help you fill in the gaps and resolve contradictions in your accident by reconstructing the events of your accident.

Attorney David I. Fuchs can help you determine whether you need the help of an accident reconstructionist. If you or a loved one was in a truck accident, call us today at (954) 568-3636 or reach out to us online to get started on your case.

What is an Accident Reconstructionist?

An accident reconstructionist is a forensics specialist who uses evidence from the crash site, medical injuries, witness accounts, and vehicle damage to determine the details of an accident. Many accident reconstructionists are engineers who use details like dents, angle of impact, and road conditions to understand speed of impact and develop a timeline of events. Collision reconstruction is a complex skill, requiring an understanding of human psychology, physics, and mathematics. Even those who experienced the crash often underestimate the sheer force and damage an accident can cause.

These forensic engineers work with police, attorneys, and insurance companies to understand how accidents occurred and provide evidence for liability claims. In complicated, high-stakes accidents, sometimes multiple parties will hire an accident reconstructionist to help support their case and get an inside view into the details of the crash.

How Can an Accident Reconstructionist Help My Case?

Because truck accidents are particularly complex and severe, an accident reconstructionist can be particularly helpful if you’ve been the victim of a tractor-trailer accident. Truck accidents can result in a vehicle rolling, multiple car pileups, and damage to the surrounding area. It may not be immediately apparent what caused the accident. Working with an accident reconstructionist can help clarify these details.

A reconstructionist can also simplify your case by aggregating available evidence into one collision theory. Reconstruction can corroborate witness accounts, resolve ambiguities, and provide concrete details for your attorney to use in negotiations and trial. With a collisions engineer, you may be able to determine vital facts of your crash, including the following details:

  • Speed on and before impact
  • Angle of impact
  • The effect of road conditions on the accident
  • Whether involved parties were wearing a seat belt
  • If a driver accelerated before impact
  • The identity of the drivers

A reconstructionist may also be able to provide schematics, diagrams, maps, animations, and other resources to visualize the accident.

A reliable accident account is vital for truck accidents. Semi-truck accidents often have multiple liable parties, from the driver themselves, to the company that contracted the driver, to the truck manufacturer. Having a solid reconstruction of the accident can help your attorney show liability and keep big companies from sweeping their negligence under the rug.

How do I Hire an Accident Reconstructionist?

If you’re working with an attorney, discuss whether you need a reconstructionist to bolster your case. Often, your attorney will be able to recommend an accident reconstructionist. Your insurance may also decide to work with a reconstructionist in a severe case. If you’re considering working with a forensic engineer, contact them as soon as possible to preserve the quality of available evidence.

Contact David I. Fuchs, Injury & Accident Attorney, P.A.

An accident can be unexpected and devastating. If you’ve suffered a personal injury or automobile accident, contacting a lawyer is critical to protecting your rights. The Florida statute of limitations for truck accidents is four years after the accident for survivors and two years for loved ones of those who passed as a result of the accident.

Don’t let your rights get washed away. Call David I. Fuchs today, and get a lawyer on your team. Our firm has over 30 years of experience fighting for the rights of our clients. At David I. Fuchs, Injury & Accident Attorney, P.A., we believe in honest counsel and tenacious representation.

Reach out to us online or at (954) 568-3636 today to schedule your free consultation.