Having an accident reconstructionist as an expert witness

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Minor fender benders are part of life as a driver in California, and you may be familiar with the steps needed to file a claim and report the incident. The process is more complex when a crash involves fatalities, catastrophic injuries and multiple vehicles. At Abraham Smith & Waldsmith, LLP, our experienced team often represents clients injured in devastating car accidents.

Whether on the freeway or community streets, there are frequently many contributing factors of multi-car wrecks. Each person involved has a perspective formed from within the limited scope of their vehicle. Eyewitnesses who may have been on foot or near the accident when it occurred have a different viewpoint but still shaped from a fixed position. According to AMIS/ Alliance Marketing & Insurance Services, this is when an accident reconstructionist is most valuable.

These professionals investigate events in the moments leading up to the accident, during the crash and in the time immediately following the incident. They examine physical evidence and work backward. This enables them to get an accurate picture of what actually happened and why. Common contributing factors to multi-car accidents and their deadly results can include the following:

  • Excessive speed
  • Failure to wear seatbelts
  • Defective tires
  • Poor visibility
  • Faulty airbags
  • Disregard of traffic laws

Accident investigators have advanced training and skills. Some are retired law enforcement officers while others have backgrounds in engineering and physics. Once the cause of the cause of the crash is identified, there may be liability claims. These investigators can provide expert testimony during your court proceedings and provide details that supply an unbiased basis for the lawsuit.  Visit our webpage for more information on this topic.

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