The ensuing chaos after any motor vehicle accident can lead to a great deal of missed or lost information. Addressing injuries and clearing the roadways sometimes take precedence over definitively establishing what happened and the factors that may have contributed to the accident. This can be especially true when the accident involves large trucks or semitrailers.
The loss of information at the scene can present a number of challenges for you if you have been hurt in an accident, but fortunately, help may be available from a qualified personal injury attorney. In some cases, your attorney may employ the services of an accident reconstructionist to help determine what caused your injuries and the parties that should be held liable.
Truck Accidents are Different
While they may seem similar to a casual observer, car accidents and truck accidents are not the same. Car accidents, while certainly dangerous and potentially deadly of their own accord, are relatively straightforward as the physical characteristics of cars are fairly simple. Large trucks, conversely, are complicated machines that in addition to being significantly bigger,can weigh up to 20 times more than a full-size passenger sedan. The physics involved in large truck accidents are infinitely more complex and competently analyzing a truck accident involves comprehensive training.
An Accident Reconstructionist’s Role
A skilled personal injury lawyer will work to get the accident reconstructionist moving on the investigation as soon as reasonably possible. He or she will likely visit the scene of the accident to identify potential contributing factors, to take relevant measurements, and observe traffic patterns. The reconstructionist will also inspect the involved vehicles to determine collision angles, possible mechanical defects, and other details. It is also likely that he or she will review safety documentation, log-books, and compliance materials from all transport carriers related to the accident. Combining all of these findings, while applying physics calculations, inertial mechanics, and computer modeling, the reconstructionist can create an accurate depiction of the collision.
Why Bother with a Reconstructionist?
News reports about highway truck accidents often mention that accident reconstruction teams are investigating the incident. Usually, these teams are part of local or state law enforcement. Employing a private reconstructionist to work on your behalf may seem redundant and unnecessary. However, it is important to realize that police reconstruction teams are primarily focused on the application of the law have little interest in establishing personal injury liability. Instead, they are looking for signs of Department of Transportation violations, driving under the influence, and other illegal actions. A private accident reconstructionist, on the other hand, will look to determine the actions or negligence that caused your injuries, providing you and your attorney the necessary facts for pursuing compensation.
Professional Legal Counsel for Truck Accident Victims
If you have been injured in an accident involving a large truck, contact an experienced Hartford personal injury attorney without delay. A proper investigation into your case can be time-sensitive, as relevant evidence and documentation may be lost or destroyed. At the Woolf Law Firm, LLC, we understand the importance of getting an accident reconstructionist on the scene immediately so that we can help you recover the compensation you deserve. Call [[phone1]] today for a no-obligation consultation.