Posted by: Kisling, Nestico & Redick, LLC
When you have been hurt in a truck accident, your main focus is on getting better. Your injuries may require an extensive hospitalization, multiple surgeries and treatments, pain management, physical rehabilitation and more to get you back on your feet. However, while you are concentrating on improving and returning to your normal life, you also have to extend your attention to recovering compensation from the individual or business responsible for the crash. At Kisling, Nestico & Redick, we are here to help you with your claim. As one of the largest personal injury firms in the state of Ohio, we offer years of experience in settling and taking trucking accident cases to court.
Our attorneys of KNR understand that trucking accident cases often lead to complex questions regarding liability. It takes more than your word or other witness testimony to prove exactly what happened, why it happened, and who is responsible. To answer these inquiries, we often retain accident reconstructionists who will gather data regarding the crash and recreate a model of the accident. This expert can help us prove who is liable for your accident and for your past and future:
- Medical bills
- Lost income
- Physical pain
- Mental anguish
- Loss of consortium
To learn more about filing an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit following a crash, contact KNR at 1-800-HURT-NOW and schedule a free consultation with our Ohio trucking accident lawyers.
What is an Accident Reconstructionist?
An accident reconstructionist is an expert witness you may use during your personal injury claim to answer questions about how a collision occurred and resulted in your injuries. Accident reconstructionists are not just any engineer or physicist. These professionals have specific education, training, and experience that enables them to review accident investigations and data to recreate a collision and testify regarding that accident in court.
These professionals use a scientific approach to explain how and why a truck accident happened based on the known facts. They gather data from the:
- Type of vehicles in the collision
- Truck’s event data recorder
- Truck’s electronic control module
- GPS tracking system
- Antilock brake system control module
- Collision avoidance system
- Airbag control modules
- Vehicle final positions
- Skid marks
- Accident scene photos
- Accident scene measurements
- Video recordings
- Witness testimony
- Resulting property damage and personal injuries
In essence, the professional takes the end data points and works backward to the beginning elements of the collision. By going through this process, accident reconstructionists may be able to answer questions regarding visibility, road conditions, speed, braking, vehicle angles, driver behavior, and more. For example, by analyzing the crash, an accident reconstructionist will be able to say how fast each vehicle may have been moving, with a small degree of error, in order for the collision to have occurred as it did and result in the damage and your injuries.
Accident reconstructionists use sophisticated software to input data and recreate the crash. Newer software offers 3D simulations of the crash and different viewpoints to witness the collision to show judges and juries how the accident occurred and caused the resulting damage from various angles.
When is an Accident Reconstructionist Necessary?
Not all personal injury claims based on truck accidents need an accident reconstructionist. These individuals are called upon when there are questions within the case that would affect liability, including how fast the truck driver was going, whether the truck driver could see your vehicle, and whether the truck driver violated the law prior to causing the accident. The unanswered questions within your lawsuit will be based entirely on the circumstances of the collision that hurt you. No two trucking accidents are the same or have the exact same unknown factors.
Accident reconstructionists are less common in simple accidents, such as fender benders between two personal vehicles. However, collisions involving commercial trucks tend to raise questions as to whether the trucker was reckless or another party related to the truck is responsible, such as if the trailer was improperly loaded. The more complicated the accident, the more likely a reconstructionist is necessary.
Who Hires Accident Reconstructionists?
If you need an accident reconstruction expert to support your personal injury case, your attorney will find the right expert for you and take care of retaining them. However, defendants in car accident cases also hire reconstructionists to defend themselves against personal injury claims. Insurance companies, trucking companies, fleet managers, other businesses, or individuals may hire accident reconstruction experts to support their argument that they are not responsible for the collision and your injuries.
Working with a Trucking Accident Reconstructionist
When you are injured in a trucking accident and need a reconstructionist, your lawyer may retain an expert in trucking accidents. Collisions that involve extremely heavy trucks have specific factors that an accident reconstructionist must be familiar with to provide an accurate and helpful recreation of the collision. Trucks do not move the same way as smaller personal vehicles and have unique elements that must be taken into account such as the load weight, security, and stability.
Contact an Ohio Trucking Accident Lawyer Today
After being hurt in a trucking accident, your best chance to recover the maximum compensation possible is to work with an experienced Ohio truck accident lawyer from Kisling, Nestico & Redick. We have decades of experience handling complex personal injury claims, including those based on trucking accidents. We will investigate the collision and retain the necessary experts to build your case for compensation. If possible, we can negotiate a settlement with the relevant insurer. However, if you choose not to settle, we are confident in taking these types of cases to trial.
Call us today at 1-800-HURT-NOW to schedule a free, no-risk consultation.