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Understanding accident reconstruction

Most automobile accidents in the Vancouver area happen in a few seconds. Persons who may be in one of the vehicles do not have enough time to form accurate memories of every facet of the accident. Even witnesses may not be able to recall the event with precision. In such cases, the services of an accident reconstruction engineer may be needed to determine which parties were at fault.

Accident reconstruction specialists are usually trained engineers, but many gain their expertise by working on actual cases. The reconstruction of an accident relies on thorough evidence collection at the scene and precise scientific analysis of that evidence. Evidence from the scene can include photographs, measurements of tire tracks, pieces of the vehicles that were involved and statement of eyewitnesses. Important information is often gleaned from an inspection of the vehicles that were involved.

This information is analyzed according to known and widely accepted scientific principles. For example, if the weight of a vehicle is known, its location after the accident and distance from the point of impact may provide essential information for calculation its speed before and after the collision. Accident reconstruction specialists have developed numerous algorithms that can be used to calculate impact forces and pre-accident speeds from post-accident data.

Anyone who has been injured or lost a loved one in a car accident may wish to consult an attorney who is experienced in handling auto accident cases. A knowledgeable attorney can evaluate the facts of the case and will know if the services of an accident reconstruction specialist are required and how best to use those services.