If you have suffered a severe motor vehicle accident, you probably have an overwhelming number of things to worry about. Medical bills, missed days of work, and vehicle damage all add up to a hefty sum. With so much on the line, it’s worth it to be aware of all of the tools at your disposal, so that you can maximize the chances of winning if settlement negotiations fail and the case advances to a full-blown lawsuit.
What do accident reconstruction experts do?
Whether you win or lose a lawsuit after a car accident depends entirely on your attorney’s ability to prove that the other party was negligent, and that your injuries resulted from their negligence. Thus, both sides of the lawsuit will usually present evidence in an attempt to prove that the other party was responsible for the accident.
In some closely disputed cases, the testimony of an accident reconstruction expert can be the difference between winning and losing. An accident reconstruction expert is a trained professional who can examine the aftermath of a car crash to determine exactly how the crash happened – and who was at fault.
Accident reconstruction experts look at things such as the nature of the damage to both vehicles and the layout of the road. They can identify important details that a layperson might not recognize, and provide well-formulated presentations of their conclusions in court to support your case.
How do I know if I need one?
Many car accident cases are relatively cut-and-dry. If one side has things such as witness testimony, video evidence, and a police report that support their case, while the other side doesn’t, an expert witness probably won’t be necessary to win the case.
On the other hand, if both you and the other driver assert that the other is at fault, and you both have evidence to support your terms, an easy victory or a settlement are probably out of reach. In these situations, it could be beneficial to discuss with your attorney the pros and cons of hiring an accident reconstruction expert to testify.
Hiring an accident reconstruction expert can be costly, but in some situations, it can be well worth the money if it helps you to receive the compensation that you need to get back on your feet after your accident.