Truck Accident Reconstruction
Truck accidents are different from other accidents involving regular passenger vehicles. Truck accidents are among the most dangerous accidents. Because trucks are large and heavy, truck accidents usually have devastating outcomes. Truck accidents oftentimes result in severe injuries or death. These accidents also result in substantial property damage. In Florida, you may have the right to file a personal injury claim and recover compensation if you are involved in a truck accident. If you are the victim of a Florida truck accident and are considering filing a personal injury claim, you should know that investigating your accident is a critical part of building your claim.
In most truck accident cases, one significant element of the investigative process is reconstructing the accident. Below is a look at what truck accident reconstruction is and how it may help your Florida truck accident claim.
What Is Truck Accident Reconstruction?
Truck accident reconstruction is something that an accident reconstruction specialist does. The role of an accident reconstruction expert is to gather important information about a crash and use the information to scientifically determine what caused the accident. An accident reconstruction expert uses their training to reconstruct an accident scene as part of the claim’s investigation process. After an accident reconstruction expert gathers enough information, they create a simulation and model that recreates and demonstrates what happened in the accident.
Accident reconstruction experts use a range of methodologies to reconstruct an accident. Some of the methods they use include the following;
- Inspecting the vehicles involved in the accident
- Physically visiting the accident scene and taking measurements
- Analyzing the accident scene and pictures of the vehicles
- Evaluating medical records
- Reviewing the accident reports, published studies of similar accidents, witness statements, and other documents
If an accident reconstruction expert is hired soon after a truck accident, they can go to the accident scene and collect crucial evidence. On the other hand, if the accident happened a while back, an accident reconstruction expert can review things such as photos taken at the accident scene, damage to the vehicles, witness statements, and accident reports.
After a truck accident reconstruction expert recreates an accident, the reconstruction can help show crucial aspects of an accident, including, but not limited to, the following;
- What time the accident happened
- The speed the vehicles were traveling at
- The direction of travel
- How the accident happened
- Whether the accident could have been prevented
- Whether human error or negligence was involved
- Whether faulty equipment was involved
How Can Truck Accident Reconstruction Help Your Claim?
Truck accident reconstruction can help prove your claim. It can also help establish fault or negligence. An accident reconstruction expert can help show if the truck driver, trucking company, truck manufacturer, or another party is liable for the accident.
Once an accident reconstruction specialist has analyzed and interpreted the data, they may be called to testify about what they have discovered.
Do I Need an Accident Reconstruction Expert?
Your Florida truck accident attorney will conduct their own investigation and then determine if there is a need to hire an accident reconstruction expert. Typically, the answer is YES – especially if the damages are significant. The insurance for the truck company has lawyers and accident reconstructionist experts on retainer. On one significant case with our firm, the insurance company had an accident reconstructionist and lawyer on scene within 2 hours of the crash. If hiring an accident reconstruction specialist is necessary to strengthen your case and prove negligence, your attorney will help you find the right one.
Contact a Key West & Marathon Personal Injury Lawyer
If you’ve been in a Florida truck accident and would like help filing a personal injury claim and recovering the compensation you deserve, contact a Key West & Marathon car accident lawyer at Florida Keys Injury at 786-605-8500.