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By Pejman Javaheri
Founding Partner

Crash reconstruction is when experts in science, math, and engineering help determine and prove what happened before, during, and after a car accident. When there is a disagreement about fault or any of the factors that lead up to the collision, accident reconstruction experts can give the judge objective evidence rather than one driver’s word against the other. 

Resolving these issues could be quite helpful in your car accident personal injury case. This blog will explore what crash reconstruction is and how it can help your case. A Los Angeles car accident attorney can handle your collision case and work with accident reconstruction experts to help you seek financial compensation from the at-fault party.

An Overview of Accident Reconstruction

Let’s say that the other driver caused the collision by running a red light and crashing into you. You were in the intersection legally, as you had a green light. To your surprise, the other driver lies to the police officer and says that you caused the crash. They say that they tried to avoid the collision by slamming on their brakes, but you must have been going 100 miles an hour, and they could not stop in time to avoid colliding with you.

An accident reconstruction expert could come to the scene of the crash, take photographs, and make measurements. The expert would then perform calculations and testify about the following facts:

  • The other driver did not slam on the brakes. There were no skid marks.
  • You were traveling at a safe speed and not exceeding the speed limit. The expert would be able to determine your approximate speed just before and at the time of the impact with the other vehicle.
  • The other driver ran a red light.
  • The other driver’s running the red light caused the crash.

Crash reconstruction relies on scientific and forensic principles to prove what happened at several points before, during, and after the car accident. In other words, the expert “reconstructs” the crash based on conclusions they draw from the evidence from the scene.

How Crash Reconstruction Can Help Your Car Accident Injury Claim

Accident reconstruction can be extremely valuable when one party tries to lie their way out of liability for an accident they caused. This branch of forensic science can also help your car crash case if there are honest disagreements about what happened that caused the collision. People can see the event from different angles and locations, which can result in a difference of opinion about the facts.

Think about a sporting event you have watched on television. Sometimes, the referees and other officials disagree on a call in a football game, for example. They might have to look at the videos captured from different angles before they can decide to let the call on the field stand or get overturned. You can think of accident reconstructions as the replay camera for car crashes.

A Los Angeles personal injury attorney can help you go after the monetary compensation you deserve. We offer a free, no-obligation consultation. You can reach out to us today to get started.

About the Author
P.J. Javaheri is an experienced personal injury attorney and a founding partner of Mi Abogado. Mr. Javaheri received his Juris Degree from the University of California, Hastings in 2005. Mr. Javaheri is dedicated to serving clients in Los Angeles and throughout Southern California. His practice focuses on the area of personal injury law, particularly in representing people who have been injured in car, motorcycle, bicycle, and pedestrian accidents, the practice also specializes in premises liability matters. In recognition of his skills and dedication to his vocation, Javaheri has been named on the California Super Lawyers Rising Stars list in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. Mr. Javaheri is also active in the Consumer Attorneys of California and the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles.  In 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018, Mr. Javaheri was honored with appointments to the Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Charities (LATLC) Honorary Board of Directors at its highest level; the Diamond Level. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Mr. Javaheri at 310.694.3084 or by emailing