When you sustain injuries in a car accident caused by someone else’s negligence, one of the most important things you must prove in your personal injury lawsuit against that person is that his or her actions or failure to act was indeed the proximate cause of the accident and therefore of your injuries. Often proving causation can be difficult. This is when adding an accident reconstruction expert to your legal team can clear up all the complexities and strengthen your case.
Expert Institute explains that accident reconstruction experts work in the field of causation forensics. They use scientific tests and principles to reconstruct the accident after the fact and determine not only exactly what happened, but also how and why it happened.
Police report problems
You may think that the accident report filed by the law enforcement officer(s) who responded to the accident scene is all you need to prove causation. But is it? Unfortunately, due to time and manpower constraints, police reports contain only the bare minimum of information. Furthermore, virtually all of that information comes from the drivers involved in the accident who may or may not provide accurate or even honest information.
Few, if any, officers ever actually measure skid marks or the distances from the apparent crash location to where the vehicles ultimately came to rest. That is why most police accident diagrams specifically note that the drawing is “not to scale.”
Preserve the evidence
An accident reconstruction expert can solve these problems, but only if he or she has evidence to work with. Consequently, one of the most important things you can do after your accident is to take numerous pictures of everything in and around the accident scene. You may also wish to wait on getting your vehicle repaired until after the reconstruction expert has had the opportunity to thoroughly examine it.