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What should you know about accident reconstruction?

If you are ever in a car accident, one important thing that you should know about is accident reconstruction. Of course, the first thing to learn is what it is.

What is accident reconstruction?

Accident reconstruction is part of something called causation forensics. That means it is a way to determine how an event occurred. When investigators want to know how a car crash happened, they will often use this approach.

What does it involve?

Typically, accident reconstruction involves examining and interpreting physical evidence associated with an accident. That examination and interpretation process gives investigators the clues they need to come to conclusions about what occurred.

What causes do investigators endeavor to identify?

Investigators work to identify the whole range of possible causes of a particular vehicular accident. Those causes can include poor visibility, tire problems, excessive speed, disregarding traffic control devices or not wearing a seat belt. Investigators work backwards, looking at the end results of the crash and then working their way backwards to determine what caused the crash.

Are all police officers trained in accident reconstruction?

No. Police officers who are trained in accident reconstruction are rare. Because of that, a policeman or policewoman might unintentionally believe the most convincing story when the accounts of two drivers in an accident conflict. Accident reconstruction can change that by scientifically determining what actually happened.

Does it matter when it is done?

Yes. Key evidence, like tire tracks and other signs of he accident, can be harder to see and get information from as times passes. For that reason, accident reconstruction should be done expediently. If you are in a car accident, this is a good topic to raise with your legal team.

Source:, What Is Accident Reconstruction," accessed July 23, 2015

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