The process of crash reconstruction is very important after an accident. Drivers often do not remember what happened or give conflicting accounts. Accidents seem to happen so quickly. People who were directly involved and should give accurate accounts may fail to do so. The crash reconstruction team can work backward to determine what happened and who was at fault.
In general, the crash reconstruction team is going to look at five different types of evidence. They are as follows:
- Physical evidence
- Video evidence
- Electronic evidence
- Audio evidence
- Testimonial evidence
Some of these may overlap. For instance, someone who was recording with a cellphone as the accident happened may have both audio and video evidence. If one of the drivers was on their phone at the time, they could have electronic evidence (records of what they were doing on the phone) and audio evidence.
In some cases, evidence types will contradict each other. That’s all part of the process. For example, a testimony given by a witness may claim that one driver ran a red light. The video evidence from a nearby security camera, though, may show that the driver actually still had a yellow light. It’s the job of the crash reconstruction team to put all of this together, determine what fits and create a picture of what really happened in those critical seconds.
If you have been injured in an accident, the reconstruction can help you by showing that the other driver caused the accident and your injuries. Then you may be able to seek financial compensation for your medical bills and related costs.