Accident Reconstruction

Accident investigation and reconstruction is designed to answer questions about how a traffic crash occurred

Accident Investigation And Reconstruction Services

This list of services is to be used as a guideline only. Actual services will vary depending on the type of accident and vehicles involved. Be assured that all investigative services performed are thorough, professional and tailored to the needs of the client.

Inspection of vehicles involved in accident

Damage evaluations
Seat belt, headlamp and/or tire examination                                    Vehicle measurement and photography

Crash data retrieval

Download data and analyze
Written data summary

Inspection of scene

Photograph scene
At-scene measurements
Document road type and available friction
Inspect positioning of road signs and/or signals
Identify possible visibility issues or restrictions on line of sight
Inspection and photography of other objects involved in a collision, such as bicycles, street signs, trees, buildings or poles
Inspection and photography of roadway evidence, such as skid marks or gouges

Witness/Driver Statements

Review recorded statements
Review depositions                                                                              Compare driver/witness accounts with physical evidence

Review police and/or accident reports

Assist in filing Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)                              Review all case materials and determine if additional at-scene work is required 

Data analysis and accident reconstruction

Compare all data collected
Summarize vehicle movements, including speed estimates and collision dynamics
Use occupant kinematics to explain occupant movement or ejections
Computer generated diagrams, 3D illustrations, animations & simulated results

Cause analysis

Identify driver errors that influenced the accident such as excessive speed or failure to yield the right of way

Preparation of court trial materials

Provide copy of photographs, measurements and data collected as part of investigation                                                                                      Disclosure of opinions through complete reconstruction report
Large scale diagrams, illustrations and demonstrative exhibits
3-D animated video production
Review reports of opposing experts

Courtroom Exhibits

A single photograph or digital video can be crucial in the identification of evidence and ultimate reconstruction of a collision by our experts. Likewise, a properly prepared 3D animation can be an influential factor in accurately relating a scientific opinion. Our reconstructionists take pride in their investigative efforts and expert exhibits they produce.

3D Illustrations

3D illustrations can be produced by our experts to exhibit the dynamic interaction between vehicles when they collided and moved off to final rest. 

Accident Scene Photographs

Accident scene photographs can serve as a basis for many expert opinions, including the positioning of vehicles on the roadway before a crash, or their orientation when they collided.

Computer Generated Diagram

Pictured above is a computer generated scale diagram set over an actual aerial photo. Effective visual aids are often crucial in explaining the actions of the vehicles prior-to, during, and immediately after an accident.

Diagrams can be provided in printed form or on CD, with or without an animated effect. Scale diagrams are offered as part of our accident reconstruction service.

Animations

Based on scientifically reliable methods, traffic crashes can be animated, placing a person in the position of a driver, witness, or other participant. When properly applied, an animated view is an impressive resource.  

In the above animation, the Semi-truck driver has crossed left of center and is on a collision course with the pickup truck ahead of him.  A witness approaches in the opposite direction. 

 

Our accident investigation and reconstruction services may include, but are not limited to, at-scene investigation, photography, scale diagramming, crash data retrieval, mathematical analysis, and preparation of court trial materials. Regardless of the case, our professional services are tailored to meet the needs of our clients.

Thousands of accidents occur throughout the United States every day. Effective accident reconstruction techniques help our experts determine if the actions of drivers, failures of equipment, or environmental factors played a role in a collision. Crash Data Services, LLC prides itself on developing informative conclusions based on scientifically validated methodologies.

General Fees**:
At-Scene Investigation $300 per hour***
Illustrations and Diagrams $175 per hour
Reconstruction & Analysis $175 per hour
Trial Preparation & Testimony
Including Travel
$175 per hour
Initial Phone Consultations  Free

 

**For case specific fee schedule requests, please contact us.

 

***The At-Scene Investigation rate covers 1 Certified Reconstructionist and 1 assistant. Travel to and from the scene is billed at $200 per hour.

 

Retainers are required on a case by case basis. Initial phone consultations are always free.

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