Reconstructing an Accident
When an accident occurs, accident reconstructionists will evaluate a number of variables. As well as you can, make notes of the following factors while they are fresh in your mind. They may help prove your case.
Was the road icy or slick with rain? Were there potholes or bumps, gravel or damaged sections? All these can impact the cause of an accident.
Friction is the resisting force of motion between two surfaces when they are in contact. Friction analysis can determine the speed of a car.
Road conditions are critical to an accident. Weather conditions are usually found in the police report and can be verified from local newspapers and weather services.
A record of conditions helps establish whether slippery or wet roads affected the accident and they help establish the drag and speed at the time of the accident.
Lighting is one of the most important issues involving accidents, especially at night. Many people overestimate their ability to see at night. Very often the headlights are insufficient to reveal potential collisions in time for a driver to react and avoid them.
While pedestrians and cyclists can often see the car, sometimes the driver cannot see them—either because the road is not adequately lit or the victim was wearing dark clothing. In some cases, it can be determined that the driver could not have seen the pedestrian or cyclist until it was too late.
Traffic Signs and Signals
Examination of the relevant traffic control is crucial—especially if a driver ignored or did not see a sign or signal.
Establish the timing in seconds of the delay between a set of lights turning red and the other turning green.
Determine if the traffic signal or sign was obstructed.
Analyze the placement of the signs.
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