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Explaining car accident reconstruction in North Carolina

Not all car accidents in North Carolina result in severe injury or death. The ones that do require an investigation that can last hours after the incident. The investigation most likely will include reconstruction of the scene. Sometimes this takes place at the scene of the accident and sometimes it occurs after collection of the evidence at a different location.

The purpose of crash reconstruction is to determine the circumstances prior to the collision that led to an accident happening. This is done by recovering evidence from the scene, photographing the scene, mapping the scene and taking measurements at the scene.

The measurements taken include skid marks, final resting positions of the vehicles, gouge marks, scrub marks and point of impact. The measurements are taken using electronic surveying equipment. The measurements can then be used to create a scale diagram created by a computer that is used to help reconstruct the accident.

Inspecting the vehicles is another important aspect of crash reconstruction. This involves measuring the damage to each vehicle involved, while also looking at the damage profiles of each vehicle. Experts will also be tasked with inspecting the following items on each vehicle:

-- Steering

-- Brakes

-- Lights

-- Suspension

-- Tires

Investigators will look into all of the following when reconstructing the crash:

-- Length of pre-impact skid marks

-- Pre-and-post-impact direction of travel

-- Post-impact distances moved

-- Point of impact

-- Friction values for surfaces vehicles traveled

-- Weights of the vehicles

-- Impact angles

Investigators must also look at the type of accident that occurred. The various types of accidents include:

-- Rear-end

-- Head-on

-- Vehicle rollovers

-- Right-angle

-- Oblique

In the instances when complete information does not exist for the reconstruction of the accident, Conservation of Energy can be used to determined the validity of the calculated speeds of the vehicles involved.

If you've been injured in a car accident in Wilson, North Carolina, contact our firm to speak with a lawyer about your case and how to take it to the next level.

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