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How are accident scenes reconstructed?

If you have been in a car accident in Kentucky, the accident may be reconstructed by law enforcement, independent companies or insurance company representative. Reconstructing the accident enables authorities to get an idea of how the accident occurred and who was at fault. According to John Desch Associates Inc., this will usually be done after the accident has been investigated because the investigation reports are used to help with the reconstruction process.

A scene is recreated through using known information, like damage to the vehicles and other structures involved and evidence collected by law enforcement. This information is used to construct the scene working backward, starting at the aftermath and working to the moments before the accident occurred. Those reconstructing a scene may also use scientific calculations, witness statements and photographs to assist with the process.

Accident reconstruction is most likely to be needed in your case if the cause of the crash is unknown or there are lingering questions about what really happened. They can be used to help decide who was at fault so charges can be filed by law enforcement or you can seek damages in court.

Only trained experts can effectively complete a reconstruction and testify in court as to the findings of an investigation. Generally, experts will have a background in law enforcement, physics and accident investigation. However, it is best that you follow the guidelines of the court in which your case will be heard as to the qualifications, so your expert’s testimony will be allowed. This information is only intended to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice.

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