Vehicle Accident Reconstruction

Overview

From low-speed accidents to collisions involving fixed objects, automobiles, SUVs, tractor trailers, buses, motorcycles, bicycles, pedestrians or trains, our forensic engineering experts are trained in evaluating all types of vehicle accidents.

At Rimkus, we use the latest technology to assist in the reconstruction process such as computerized mapping equipment or sophisticated drones to help map collision site evidence in great detail. Crash data recorded in passenger vehicles and 18-wheelers is downloaded using a crash data retrieval tool to determine how the vehicle was operating before the accident (click here to see those vehicles that we can access).  To help ensure accuracy, all phases of an accident are analyzed using computer software. When requested, we also produce computer-generated animation to help explain the accident to a jury.

Our forensic engineering and analysis experts evaluate all evidence available to reconstruct the series of events leading up to the accident:

  • From the accident scene, we examine evidence such as skid marks, signage and traffic lights, and the relationship of the accident location to intersections, public and private driveways, and other physical data. We use state-of-the-art digital mapping equipment to record the locations of all key features with great accuracy.
  • We examine damage to the vehicles to see if it is consistent with the statements of the drivers, passengers and other witnesses. We also examine the physical dimensions of the vehicles themselves and published data describing deformation of those specific vehicles' crush zones at various impact speeds.
  • We download crash data from the vehicles’ on-board computer systems to show pre-accident details such as vehicle speed, when and if the vehicles’ brakes were applied, and other available data.

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