Baltimore Car Accident Law Firm: What is Accident Reconstruction?

Accidents usually happen so fast, we have no idea what caused them or exactly what took place. We only know that one minute we were driving and the next minute we were in a crash. Most police personnel are not taught how to reconstruct an accident to find out exactly what happened. Their job is to keep the area safe, secure medical attention for victims, and issue tickets or summonses if necessary.

Accident reconstruction is more of a science. It involves examining all of the data collected from an accident scene. This data can include:

  • Skid marks
  • Damaged automobile or truck parts
  • Any other objects damaged in collision (such as trees or poles)
  • Weather and roadway conditions at the time of the accident
  • Eyewitness reports and testimony
  • Victim reports and testimony
  • Police reports
  • Visual evidence such as photographs of the scene

Using specialized software, scientists analyze the data and utilize principles of physics to try to reconstruct how the accident occurred, including the speed and direction of the vehicles at the time of collision. Analyses typically include:

  • Certified crash data retrieval (black box downloads)
  • Speed calculation analysis
  • Weight shift and rollover analysis
  • Lamp analysis
  • Braking performance
  • Vehicle dynamics and characteristics
  • Time and distance computations
  • Tire failure analysis
  • Occupant kinematics

Accident reconstruction is often used in court to effectively present a person’s side of the events that occurred before, during, and after an accident.

If you were involved in an auto accident, talk to the experienced and compassionate attorneys at our Baltimore car accident law firm of LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton, P.A. today.