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How Is An Accident Reconstructionist Used In A Rear-End Collision Claim?


Accident reconstructionists are experts that are generally used in only the most serious or catastrophic wrecks with serious injuries and death. They are professionals that are trained in reconstructing how a wreck occurs based on physical evidence as well as the electronic data that they can recover from the cars’ computer systems. Many people are aware that airplanes have computer systems that track information of the plane’s flight systems during flight called “black boxes.” Cars have similar systems, although they are not nearly as sophisticated as airplanes, they do track information about the car’s performance, speed, driving input, what direction the steering wheel is turned and whether the headlights are on and other information that is recorded immediately prior to a collision. Accident reconstructionists use this information as well as other information to help reconstruct what happened during the wreck.

They are trained extensively in various fields including physics, the specifications and makes and models of different cars, computer modeling, and surveying equipment. This allows them to help recreate what happened during a collision. Some of these experts are quite good and are useful in the right cases, but some are simply hired guns that the insurance companies can use to try to help confuse the issues and case. When the other side hires one of those types of experts, it often requires us to hire our own experts to help explain why the hired gun expert’s conclusions are faulty.

What Are The Most Common Causes Of Rear-End Collisions?

It used to be that impaired driving was the number one cause of rear-end collisions here in Georgia. Nowadays, it looks like distracted driving has pretty much overtaken impaired driving as the most common cause. In stop and go traffic there are a lot of drivers that simply cannot avoid the temptations of checking their phone while they are driving, and that momentary distraction often causes them to drive their car into the rear-end of the car in front of them. In some instances, it’s a minor bump; in other instances, an extremely severe collision may have life-changing consequences for other drivers.

What Steps Should My Attorney Take Once I Retain Them To Handle My Rear End Collision Case?

The first thing that your attorney should be doing is to identify all avenues of insurance that might possibly apply to your case. This involves not only looking at the at-fault driver’s insurance but also looking at your own insurance as well as the insurance of any person that is a resident relative of yours that might have insurance that could possibly cover this claim. This is important because even though, morally and legally speaking, it is extremely important that the person who hurt you be held accountable for your injuries.

It is also extremely important to make sure that you put on notice each and every insurance policy that might arguably provide coverage for this wreck. This is important for two reasons: first, the person that hurt you may not have enough insurance to cover the extent of your injuries. Even if you think that you are only moderately injured, your injuries could be a lot more severe than you think especially when the adrenaline wears off. Secondly, there are a lot of reasons why later on, the insurance company for the at-fault driver may decide that they don’t want to cover the driver. This could be because that driver failed to pay that insurance premium or because the person driving that car didn’t have permission from the person that owned the car to drive the car. In any of those situations, you may be in a position where the at-fault driver’s insurance company refuses to pay for the claim. If you have notified your own insurance carrier, they may step in and pay the claim in that situation if you have uninsured motorist coverage on your own cars or live with a relative who has that coverage on their car. That coverage may apply even if you are not named on that policy.

The second thing that your attorney should be doing is making sure that you are receiving adequate and proper care. It is most important that you get the care that you need to recover from your injuries. Most of the time, when you have a serious injury you may feel disheartened and discouraged. It is important to stay motivated and to keep continuing treatment to get better. Following through with care is an important priority.

Finally, the third thing that your attorney should be doing is investigating the claim. It could include interviewing witnesses, going to the scene, taking photographs, looking at property damage and simply assuring that when it’s time to hold the at-fault driver accountable, that the evidence and the materials needed to do so have been preserved.

How Does Someone Start The Claim Or Lawsuit Process?

The starting point of the claims process begins with simply notifying the at-fault driver that you are represented by an attorney. At the beginning of the claims process, we identify all of the insurance companies that arguably provide coverage for the incident and we send them a letter which says that you are represented by an attorney and we request policy information from them. What we are seeking to do is to simply get the information from those insurance companies about how much and what types of insurance is available to cover the loss. At that point, the next thing is simply to get you better. We do need to obviously handle the property portion of the claim and that portion will be handled in tandem with getting you better.

For more information on Accident Reconstructionist In Rear-End Collision, an initial consultation is your best step. Get the information and legal answers you are seeking by calling (770) 345-7624 today.

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