Science speaks volumes. So if you are in an automobile accident, your attorney may hire an expert accident reconstructionist. These expert witnesses are usually trained in physics and biomechanics. They have the professional training and experience to analyze the forces involved in a crash to determine the velocity, acceleration, and other factors leading up to and involved in a collision. When armed with the knowledge of such things as the make and model of the vehicles involved, an accident reconstructionist can determine the size, weight, types of seat belts and airbags, and other specifications of the objects involved in the crash. Through the use of math and science, they can determine such factors the angle of impact and the speed of the vehicles at the time of the accident. Experts trained in biomechanics can also analyze the types of forces exerted on the human body in a given collision and explain whether the claimed injuries are supported by the physical evidence.
Your attorney may hire an expert accident reconstructionist for more than just analysis of scientific facts. These experts are also valuable because they can present the evidence in a way that a jury will understand it. Such concepts as the forces necessary, for example, to stop a 16-ton dump truck, or the type of impact and force necessary to cause a certain vehicle to roll over are well outside the scope of the average juror’s experience. A knowledgeable attorney will hire an expert who is skilled at explaining these difficult and sometimes confusing concepts in a way that the average juror can understand.
An automobile accident often results in two separate parties painting two separate pictures of how the accident occurred. An expert accident reconstructionist can use the physics involved in the accident to help the jury determine whose account of the collision is credible. The expert’s testimony can lend credibility to or debunk an eyewitness’s testimony and even refute second-hand information that may have been carelessly recorded in a police report.
If you are involved in an accident, call a Lansing personal injury attorney who will use expert witnesses to their full advantage in order to present your case. The Clark Law Office handles all types of cases in Michigan; call for a free consultation.