The Importance of Accident Reconstruction in a Vehicle Rollover Crash
So long as someone else's negligence caused a rollover accident in Texas, you can seek compensation with a personal injury or wrongful death claim after being injured or losing a loved one. The success of your case isn't a matter of what happened in the rollover, but what you can prove happened.
Thus, our attorneys at Grossman Law Offices believe that the help of an accident reconstruction expert is an important element of establishing how a rollover wreck occurred and building a strong case to prove the negligence of the liable party. In this article, we want to explain just why this is the case.
What an Accident Reconstructionist Does
Once you hire a lawyer in an effort to prove someone else's negligence, part of your attorney's investigation strategy will involve the input of an accident reconstructionist. This person will have considerable expertise in regard to rollover accidents and how they happened, gained either through years of experience in the automotive field or working for the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) as an investigator.
In some cases the reconstructionist may accompany investigators to the scene of the accident to examine the physical state of the evidence, and he or she may also look over the vehicles and their tires. In other cases, the reconstructionist may just examine pictures and videos that the lawyer's investigators took of the scene and evidence. The reconstructionist will also study transcripts from depositions and interviews with witnesses. The focus of all of this is so that the reconstructionist can gain as much information about how the accident occurred. He or she will then recreate the accident using scale models, diagrams, or computer animation. In recent years, many accident recreation specialists have turned to the latter option, as computer animation affords the ability to recreate the rollover as if the jury was there when it happened - the vehicles are the same models and the setting looks just like it did during the rollover.
If a car rolled over due to a defective tire, then the reconstructionist will display how the tired failed. If an 18-wheeler rolled over due to an inadequately loaded cargo that shifted during a left-hand turn, then the reconstruction will show this to the jury.
Our Dallas attorneys also incorporate mechanical experts into our trial strategy, using them to explain how the accident occurred using only their words. While these explanations are effective, you can watch the faces of jurors as their viewing a recreation of the accident and see how much more convincing a reconstruction video can be. People believe what they see with their own two eyes, even when what they're seeing is just the hypothesis of another person.
You Need Someone Reliable
A jury isn't going to believe just any reconstruction of a rollover accident. The reconstructionist needs to have credentials that establish him or her as an expert in rollover accidents. That means some impressive degrees, and with a highly-technical subject like rollover accidents, a reconstructionist should optimally have a graduate degree. Whether it's years working as an engineer for General Motors or as a rollover accident investigator for the NTSB, the most effective accident recreation expert needs to have extensive experience in the field as well as the classroom. On top of all of that, you need someone who can handle him or herself in front of a courtroom and sound like he or she knows what he or she is talking about. Finally, you need someone who has demonstrated that he or she can create reconstructions that are believable to juries.
At Grossman Law Offices, our attorneys have been helping Texans fight for compensation after automotive accidents for more than 23 years, and we've handled many rollover accident cases. During that time, we've had several occasions where we've turned to accident reconstructionists, and we've learned which ones we can trust to be fair, honest, and effective. Don't just rely upon Google to find an accident reconstructionist when you can benefit by our years of trial and error.
To learn more about how Grossman Law Offices can put you in contact with an accident reconstructionist, call us now for a free consultation at (855) 326-0000 (toll free).