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Accident Reconstruction Lawyer

If you have been injured in a traffic accident, you may have some questions about what happened. Accidents can be traumatic and leave you confused, disoriented, or in a state of shock.

You may not even be sure who hit you, how many other vehicles were involved, or who was at fault. But these questions can be answered by an accident reconstruction lawyer with Fielding Law. Our law firm has accident recreation specialists on hand to strengthen your case.

Together with us and our accident reconstruction team, you can get the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Call Fielding Law today at (877) 880-4090. We are available 24/7 to assist you!

Accident Reconstruction Explained

Accident reconstruction is much more than looking at a few photos. In reality, it is the science of careful analysis to determine exactly what happened in an accident.

To some extent, accident reconstruction experts are like crime scene investigators. They can put together a sequence of events that led to an accident with stunning detail. Some crashes are open-and-shut cases, while others need a bit of work to find out exactly what happened and who was at fault. 

Combing through an accident scene, an accident reconstruction expert may look through:

  • Witness testimonies
  • 3-D diagrams and models
  • Police reports
  • Black box data
  • Video footage
  • Audio recordings
  • Points of impact
  • Graphical tables

Once all the data is collected from the scene of a car accident, accident reconstructionists will be able to analyze the information and make calculations. They can determine the speed of the cars, what caused the accident, and who was at fault.

These conclusions can be entered into evidence and used to negotiate with the insurance company. If they are still unwilling to budge, a lawyer with Fielding Law can help you take your case all the way to court to make sure you get a fair amount of money.

How Forensic Animation Can Help Piece Together a Case

Professional accident reconstructionists have all the tools of the trade at their disposal. This includes forensic animation. Reconstructionists can take all the data and remaining physical evidence they collect and enter it into a computer to reconstruct how the accident happened. Taking physics into account, the speed and velocity of the vehicles can be calculated.

This tool can be used to answer vital questions:

  • How fast were the vehicles going when the crash occurred?
  • How did the weight or size of the vehicles contribute to the impact severity?
  • What type of accident resulted? Was it a rear-end, sideswipe, or side-impact?
  • What were the circumstances that caused the injuries?
  • Were any traffic laws broken that contributed to the accident?
  • What were the make and models of the vehicles involved?
  • Who is determined to have been at fault for the vehicle accident?
  • Who shares liability for the collision?
  • Did weather conditions play a part in where the accident occurred?

Law enforcement and legal professionals have been using 3-D forensic animations since the early 1990s to recreate incidents of crime and vehicle accidents as they happened. A simulation of the events, pieced together with evidence from the scene, will be on the screen for everyone in the courtroom to see. 

Forensic animation provides a better perspective than looking at evidence from still photographs. 95 percent of a message is retained when it is watched on video, while only 10 percent is recalled after reading text or staring at photos. It makes the series of events clear, which is perfect for presenting evidence visually.

Valuable Elements of Accident Reconstruction

Did another driver cause your accident or was it poor conditions on the highway? Accident reconstruction specialists can give you the answer. They will put together the valuable elements needed to prove who was at fault after a crash. 

Here is a list of evidence that can be collected to strengthen your case:

  • Length of skid marks on the road
  • Any parts that were broken off the car
  • Impact analysis
  • Road and weather conditions
  • Damage patterns
  • Obstructions of view
  • Distractions
  • Types of vehicles involved
  • Human error and response
  • Animal remains

Without solid evidence, you may not be able to go after another driver for damages. However, a reconstructionist might find that it was the local or state municipality who was at fault. You would be able to sue that party instead, for failing to properly maintain roadways. 

When Are Accident Reconstruction Specialists Needed?

Each state in the country has its own rules when it comes to who is considered at fault for an accident. Let us look at each type:

  1. At-fault or “tort” states hold the insurance company of the at-fault driver to be liable for damages
  2. No-fault states are the opposite, meaning no one else is liable; Your own insurance company will pay for your damages
  3. Three states are considered to be optional no-fault, which means you get to choose

Even though the no-fault rule is supposed to ensure that your insurance company covers you, there are some exceptions to the rule. Comparative negligence laws may come into play. These are designed for qualifying circumstances of severe injury by splitting up the shares of liability.

Therefore, it will be important to establish who is at fault, no matter what insurance you hold. Hiring an accident reconstruction lawyer who specializes in this area will be essential to your case.

Complex Accident Reconstruction

Some car accidents can be complex and require additional investigation. It is not always easy to determine who was at fault. The scene of an accident can be chaotic. Accident reconstruction would be needed to find more evidence in certain circumstances. 

Special circumstances include:

  • When an accident victim suffers memory loss
  • When a vehicle is totaled
  • When no witnesses were around to recall what they saw
  • When the accident resulted in a fatality
  • When there are conflicting witness statements

By gathering the data and recreating the accident on a computer, what happened becomes clearer. Accident reconstruction can help insurance companies and juries comprehend complicated information. This is incredibly beneficial when the other party recalls a different series of events that led to the accident.

You May Be Entitled to Receive Compensation

After an accident reconstruction has proven the negligence of the other party, seeking compensation is your next step. With this data in your hands, you are in a prime position to reach out to the insurance company for a fair settlement.

You may even choose to go further than a simple legal claim and file a personal injury lawsuit to recoup damages. This may be necessary if the compensation you require is more than what is covered by the insurance company. 

You can file for:

  • Medical treatment expenses (current and ongoing)
  • Lost wages (current and future)
  • Pain and suffering
  • PTSD
  • Emotional distress
  • Property damage
  • Wrongful death compensation
  • Lifelong disability
  • Home renovations to accommodate a disability
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Disfigurement

Car accidents can have many devastating consequences, including death. Getting the compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering is not always easy, but there is help available at Fielding Law.

Hiring an Accident Reconstruction Lawyer Can Help

Proving who is at fault is only one part of a personal injury case. Extensive work goes into helping a client find the justice he or she deserves after a negligent driver changed everything.

Our accident reconstruction lawyers don’t rest until we can help our clients find the justice they deserve. Steps we take include:

  • Filing claims on your behalf
  • Investigating the scene
  • Gathering all the evidence we can find
  • Looking at police reports and camera footage
  • Reviewing your insurance policies to see what you are entitled to
  • Interviewing available witnesses
  • Filing a lawsuit
  • Representing your interests in court

If you are at home or in the hospital recovering after a car accident, the last thing you want is to worry about how you are going to take care of yourself and your family. Hiring an attorney reduces the stress of proving your side of the story to the insurance company.

Your lawyer can do all the paperwork and footwork, managing your case for you so you can relax and focus on getting better. If you take the case on yourself, you take the risk of being tricked into settling for a lower settlement far less than what you need to pay your expenses.

This is because insurance companies are masters at getting people to settle. They drag on the process until you are desperate enough to take their lowball offer. A Fielding Law accident reconstruction lawyer will work hard to make sure you are not taken advantage of.

Fielding Law Can Make the Evidence Work For You

Our team of experienced personal injury lawyers, accident reconstructionists, and other expert witnesses will put forth our best effort to prove your case. You deserve to be compensated for your pain and suffering, and we will not stop until you receive it. 

Whatever your legal needs may be, we are there for you at your convenience. We offer top-notch support and are on hand to answer your questions whenever you need us. You will be our top priority!

Call Fielding Law today and receive your free case evaluation. You can reach us at (877) 880-4090 and speak to one of our online operators who are standing by 24/7.