Trucking accidents are often devastating accidents that lead to severe injuries and fatalities. In fact, commercial truck accidents are the most dangerous type of accidents that happen on United States roadways. When an accident victim or the family of a victim pursues a personal injury lawsuit, wrongful death action, or an insurance claim, the accident investigation is an essential part of constructing the facts of the case. The following information provided in this article will explain the truck accident reconstruction process in 18-wheeler truck accident cases and why some cases require the use of truck accident experts.
What is the Truck Accident Reconstruction Process?
The truck accident reconstruction process begins with collecting and examining evidence about the truck accident to determine the cause of the accident. Specifically, the method of investigating a truck accident scene will provide the legal team, investigator, and expert with critical details as to how the collision transpired, the way the accident may have been prevented, and the circumstances that led to the accident.
A truck accident reconstructionist help personal injury firms to determine the essential information about the crash, as follows:
- How the truck accident occurred?
- When did the motor vehicles involved in the accident begin to accelerate and decelerate?
- The speed, position, and of the motor vehicles involved in the accident.
- What human factors may have impacted the crash?
- The speed of the vehicle(s) at the point of impact
How does a Truck Accident Reconstruction Work?
An expert accident reconstructionist assembles all of the vital crash evidence necessary regarding the accident. When the accident victim or their family retains a truck accident law firm, and an expert has been quickly retained, the expert may collect enough important evidence such as photos of the damage to the motor vehicles, skid marks, and other significant evidence of the accident.
If the tractor-trailer truck accident did not occur recently, a reconstruction expert is able to examine accident scene photographs and the damage of the motor vehicles to determine how the accident occurred, estimated speed, and other crucial information about the accident. A few factors that reconstruction experts consider are as follows: braking data, the weight of the vehicles, steering information, weather conditions, conditions of the road, direction of travel, and the types of surfaces traveled on.
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