These days, we hear a lot about accident reconstruction and itscontribution to the claim process. Traffic collision investigationand litigation often require a clear view of the events surroundinga collision, and accident reconstructionists are trained to aid theparties involved gain that understanding.

Accident reconstructionists often assist claim examiners anddefense attorneys to evaluate collisions and address issues raisedduring analyses of claims. One of the more common issuesencountered is an analysis of the forces that occur duringlow-speed collisions. Typically, these sorts of collisions involvelittle or no visible exterior damage, and a questionable level ofmedical care resulting from the impact.

Proper questioning during a recorded statement or examinationunder oath can provide a reconstructionist with informationrelating to the post-impact movement of the stricken vehicle: howfar it was moved, whether the brakes were applied, whether thevehicles were in contact when they came to rest, pre-existingdamage, or prior collisions. With these and a few other questions,the reconstructionist should be able to quantify the accelerationforces experienced during the impact and apply those forces to theresults of collisions conducted under controlled conditions. Withthis information, he also will be able to assess the likelihood ofresultant injuries.

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