Traffic accidents can happen in the blink of an eye, and witnesses may have faulty or vastly different recollections of what happened. Forensic investigators have developed the science of accident reconstruction to help them understand how and why accidents happen. A recent truck accident on Route 222 in Berks County will be the subject of such an investigation.
A pick-up truck was heading south on Broadcasting Road when it struck the rear of a tractor trailer truck about one-half mile north of the Route 422/Route 222 exit. The driver of the pick-up truck died from his injuries, but no other injuries were reported. The township police said that the cause of the accident was unknown and that the Berks County crash reconstruction team was summoned to determine what caused the accident. Possible causes might include lack of warning lights on the tractor-trailer truck, a sudden and improper stop or other violation of traffic laws.
Accident reconstruction is a forensic science that uses various physical principles to calculate the location, direction of motion, and speed of vehicles involved in an accident. The accident reconstruction team first takes detailed measurements of the scene, including photographs and video recordings. The nature and extent of damage to the involved vehicles are carefully noted. This information is processed by various computer algorithms to describe the movement of the vehicles both before and after impact. From this information, an accident reconstruction specialist can deduce what caused the accident and which parties may be at fault.
Victims of traffic accidents often are unable to explain why an accident happened. A lawsuit to recover damages often depends upon the use of an accident reconstruction specialist. Anyone who has been injured or lost a loved one in a traffic accident should consult the lawyers at the Leisawitz Heller Law Firm in Reading. The firm's lawyers know how to use accident reconstruction experts to maximum advantage in seeking lost wages, medical expenses and other compensation for their clients.
Source: John C. Glennon, Chtd.,Motor-Vehicle Crash Reconstruction Services, accessed on Mar. 6, 2017