Accident Reconstruction Experts and Your Virginia Truck Accident Claim

In order to collect the financial compensation you are entitled to for your damages, you have to prove that negligence on the part of the truck operator or trucking company caused your Virginia truck accident. Proving liability in a truck crash is often more complex than proving liability for a car accident due to potentially multiple liable parties and because Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulations could have been violated.

How do I know if I need an accident reconstruction expert to prove my truck accident case?

In fact, you may need the help of an accident reconstruction expert in order to prove liability for your accident. Your truck accident attorney will be able to advise you on whether or not an accident reconstruction expert is required for your case and a seasoned attorney will have several qualified professionals in their network. 

If you have been injured in a truck crash, a Virginia Beach trucking accident lawyer from Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp can investigate the accident, gather relevant evidence, and build a strong case for settlement negotiations. When you are going up against major corporations, like insurance companies and freight companies, your odds of obtaining the maximum amount of financial compensation are significantly higher when you have experienced legal representation with your best interests at heart.  

What Is an Accident Reconstruction Expert?

An accident reconstruction expert is someone who is qualified to collect and interpret evidence from the scene of a collision and then use their findings to establish the cause of the accident. Accident reconstruction experts typically have backgrounds in law enforcement, engineering, science, or forensics. These experts can be invaluable to your case, especially if the insurance provider is calling the cause of your accident into question.

How is Accident Reconstruction Conducted?

It is important to work with an accident reconstruction expert who specializes in determining the causes of trucking accidents, not just car accidents. Their recreation of your truck collision will involve:  

  • Inspecting all vehicles involved in the collision
  • Visiting the accident scene and taking measurements
  • Studying videos and pictures of the crash
  • Interviewing eyewitnesses
  • Reviewing crash test reports, police accident reports, documents from the freight company, and other documentation related to the incident
  • Reviewing your medical records

After the reconstruction expert has conducted a painstaking investigation, they will offer their opinion on the cause of the crash and draft an official report that summarizes their analysis and how they arrived at their conclusions. An accident reconstruction expert can also produce a computer-generated recreation of the accident and testify at trial.

What Are the Benefits of Accident Reconstruction?

Without first speaking to an experienced truck accident lawyer, there is no way to tell if your case would benefit from the involvement of an accident reconstruction expert. 

These professionals are usually consulted when there is a dispute regarding the cause of an accident. An accident reconstruction expert might be able to discover the exact mistakes that were made by the at-fault truck driver that led to the collision. If a faulty truck part played a role in the accident, the reconstruction expert should be able to figure out which part was defective and how it contributed to the incident, thereby legitimizing a product liability claim.  

If a government agency is liable for your truck collision due to a dangerous or poorly maintained roadway, a reconstruction professional can help determine exactly how the shoddy design contributed to your crash, or how sufficient upkeep would have prevented the accident altogether. 

Do You Need a Norfolk Truck Accident Attorney?

If you were injured in a Virginia trucking accident and are seeking the advice and guidance of a skilled Virginia truck accident lawyer regarding your truck injury claim, call the Norfolk-area personal injury law firm of Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp at (833) 997-1774. We offer free case evaluations to all potential clients. 

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