You can’t change what happened, but I can help change what happens next.
Exterior of the Office Building of Richard E. Mather, Attorney at Law

5 ways accident reconstruction can show truck driver fault

On Behalf of | Jan 11, 2024 | Truck Accidents |

Accidents involving trucks often lead to devastating injuries and property damage. In Alabama, as in many other states, accident reconstruction plays an important role in unraveling the events leading up to a collision.

By analyzing the available evidence, accident reconstruction experts can shed light on whether a truck driver is at fault for a serious accident.

1. Physical evidence

Accident reconstruction begins with the careful collection and analysis of physical evidence at the scene. Skid marks, debris patterns and vehicle damage can provide valuable insights into the dynamics of the collision. In Alabama, experts may examine the road conditions, weather and lighting to understand how these factors contributed to the accident.

2. Vehicle dynamics and speed analysis

Determining the speed of the vehicles involved helps in understanding the sequence of events leading to a serious accident. Accident reconstruction specialists use mathematical models and analysis of vehicle dynamics to estimate speeds before, during and after the collision. This information can establish whether the truck driver was operating within the legal speed limits and whether excessive speed played a role in the accident.

3. Witness statements and testimonies

Eyewitness accounts can provide valuable perspectives on how an accident unfolded. Accident reconstruction in Alabama involves interviewing witnesses to gather information about the actions of the truck driver leading up to the collision.

4. Electronic data analysis

Modern trucks have electronic data recorders, similar to “black boxes” in airplanes. Accident reconstruction experts can extract and analyze data from these devices to understand the truck’s speed, braking patterns and other relevant information in the moments leading up to the collision.

5. Traffic laws and regulations

Accident reconstruction extends beyond the physical aspects of a crash. Specialists also assess whether the truck driver followed traffic laws and regulations. Violations such as running red lights, failure to yield or disregarding traffic signals can contribute to establishing fault in a serious accident. In Alabama, improper lane change or use accounts for 13.3% of crashes with truck involvement, with failure to yield the right of way accounting for 10.2%.

This objective approach ensures a thorough examination of the facts. It contributes to a clearer understanding of the events leading to the collision.