Minor fender benders, such as a rear-end collision in rush hour traffic or a car hit broadside at an intersection are common along Kentucky highways and secondary roads. Determining the person at fault is usually a simple task. However, a multi-car crash can have many variables. At The Berger Firm, we often represent clients injured in a catastrophic car accident.
Most states have guidelines that dictate who is at fault. In complex crashes, it is difficult to find the vehicle that fits that criteria. It is possible for many vehicles to have some fault. According to John Desch Associates, Inc, accident reconstructionists use a scientific approach for discovering who caused the accident, why and how. These experts have training in physics and engineering. Law enforcement officials may also have specialized training. Using a particular methodology, they reconstruct the accident.
The process begins by gathering data from the end of the accident, including the resting spot of each car and truck as well as the damage it received. Some vehicles have a device similar to an airplane’s black box. Data retrieved from these devices provide further insight into the cause of the collision. By working backward, the reconstructionist recreates the crash.
Specialists use a broad range of factors such as speed, visibility, collision severity and driver behavior. Once the individual or the team analyzes the data, they develop a concise, coherent report. Depending on who hired them and why they may testify about their findings during a trial. Even analysis of minor impacts may benefit from the scientific interpretation of the facts.
If you sustained injuries in an accident caused by the negligence of another driver, you might have grounds for a claim. Visit our webpage for more information on this topic.