When you are in a NY / NJ car accident, everything seems to happen in slow motion. But, in reality, it usually happens in a split second. In this second, your whole life can change. And while most people would love nothing more than to put the accident behind them, for many, the accident follows them for weeks, months, and years to come.
When the car accident isn’t your fault, you want justice for what happened, and rightfully so. But justice doesn’t always come as quickly and as easily as we would like.
In the second that your life changed, the other driver(s) and any passengers also experienced the accident. But how you remember things and how they remember things isn’t always the same, nor is it likely to be 100% accurate. Because of the trauma of an accident, an unbiased evaluation of what happened is often needed—both for the police record and for any claims that arise from the accident.
Accident reconstruction is used to analyze exactly what occurred in an accident. Using your account, the accounts of other drivers, the damage to your vehicle, tire marks on the road, and a variety of factors, the accident can be recreated.
There are many people who specialize in accident reconstruction. Some of these people work for police agencies, insurance companies, or are privately employed. They are used in all kinds of car accidents, from the very serious to the relatively minor. But, they are most often used where there is an injury or death involved.
As with any profession, the integrity of the accident reconstruction field is important. To this end, several agencies and specialists are accredited through the Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstruction (ACTAR). This organization works to ensure reconstructionists are working with only the best equipment and thorough knowledge of their field.
According to the ACTAR official website:
In 1985, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provided a grant to develop national guidelines for the standardization of training in the field of traffic accident reconstruction. A task force of accident reconstructionists, engineers, police officers, educators and attorneys met and developed a report entitled Minimum Training Criteria for Police Traffic Accident Reconstructionists. In that report, the task force addressed certification of individuals in the field and recommended that “a certification board be formed” to accredit accident investigators and reconstructionists.
In the end, ACTAR was formed.
Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, P.C., and Accident Reconstruction
In working toward justice for our clients, we often employ accident reconstructionists to determine exactly how the car accident happened. If you are hurt in an accident, you want to know that only the best people in their field will be used on your case.
Contact our offices today to discuss your case and how we might be able to help. Our personal injury attorneys have helped numerous accident victims in New York and New Jersey. Call us at 800-LAW-2000 now.