Occasionally, we have clients come to see our Joplin MO car accident lawyers because they have been in a motor vehicle accident, and the insurance company is disputing their claim. Our clients believe the accident was the fault of the other driver, but they have no proof. It is a case of their word against the other driver's.
Or, in even more serious instances, we sometimes see claims that involve fatality accidents, where there is only the surviving driver's word to explain how the accident happened and who was at fault.
These are some of the most upsetting cases we see. Who can speak up for the deceased driver or provide just compensation to the surviving family if the accident was caused solely by someone else's negligence?
In cases such as these, a thorough accident investigation and reconstruction may be necessary to prove fault and win the client fair compensation. However, the longer the time that goes by, the more difficult it can be to find the evidence necessary to conclusively prove what happened before and during the accident. This is one of the reasons most car accident lawyers recommend seeing an attorney as soon as possible after any serious accident.
What is Accident Reconstruction?
Accident reconstruction involves thorough investigation of an accident scene, conducted by a specially trained investigator, to determine the cause of the accident. The investigator will analyze physical evidence, such as the length and direction of skid marks, vehicle damage, vehicle debris on the road, road conditions, witness accounts, and more, to determine the exact sequence of events which caused the accident.
Today's accident reconstruction techniques are extremely sophisticated. They can utilize the laws of physics and highly technical engineering principles, such as the conservation of linear momentum, work-energy methods, and kinematics. Investigators may make use of special software to help them make scientifically based calculations.
If a commercial vehicle such as a semi-truck was involved, its event data recorder, or "black box" will be used to provide crucial evidence as well.
Many of our clients do not initially understand the need for their own investigation, because the police have already done an investigation, and of course the insurance company will also conduct an investigation. However, insurance companies' investigations can be biased, since they have a financial interest in their results.
An investigation done by an expert accident reconstructionist hired by your own law firm can be the deciding factor in obtaining a successful case resolution. When hiring a car accident attorney, always find out if they have an investigator on staff, and whether or not they have experience with cases requiring accident reconstruction.
In car accidents or truck accidents where you or a loved one has suffered catastrophic injury or wrongful death, the stakes are high. Don't leave it to the other driver's insurance company to decide what really happened. Call the Joplin car accident lawyers at Aaron Sachs and Associates today for a no-cost initial consultation about your accident claim.
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