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Explaining motor vehicle crash reconstruction

Car accidents occur all too often on the roads of Wilson, North Carolina. Some of them are so severe that law enforcement agencies must perform motor vehicle crash reconstruction in order to determine who was at fault. For the most part, the reconstruction process is used in accidents that resulted in fatalities, or those that might result in fatalities at a later date.

Crash reconstruction is used to determine the circumstances surrounding the crash prior to it occurring. This means that officers will attempt to figure out what led to the crash and how it happened. As officers reconstruct the crash scene, which many times is done at the actual scene, they will use different equations to determine the speed of all vehicles involved and much more.

The evidence and measurements taken by officers at the crash scene include the following:

  • Scrub marks
  • Gouge marks
  • Skid marks
  • Final resting spots of vehicles
  • Point of impact

Each vehicle involved in the crash will be inspected by officers during crash reconstruction. The vehicles will be inspected for their extent of damage in order to create a damage profile for each vehicle.

Motor vehicle crash reconstruction can be used for all types of crashes, including the following:

  • Roll-over
  • Rear-end
  • Head-on
  • Oblique
  • Right-angle

Not all reconstruction efforts will be effective in determining the cause of the accident or who was at fault.

Suffering injuries in a Wilson car accident can change your life. Speaking with a motor vehicle accidents attorney in North Carolina can help you put your life back in order by seeking compensation for injuries suffered.

Source: Crash Forensics, "Motor Vehicle Crash Reconstruction," accessed Aug. 30, 2017

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