Accident reconstruction important part of police investigation for serious accidents.

December 14, 2015, Kitchener, Ontario

Posted by: Robert Deutschmann, Personal Injury Lawyer

Two serious accidents were recently reported in the Brantford area.  The first accident involved a pedestrian and tractor-trailer.  The cyclist was brought to hospital with serious life-threatening injuries.  The road was closed to permit the police to carry out its investigation.

The other accident involved an SUV and a cargo van.  The two vehicles were involved in a serious head-on crash resulting three men being taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries.  One of the drivers was charged with impaired driving.

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In both these accident, the OPP technical traffic collision investigators attended at the accident scene to assist in the investigation of the accidents.  Not all car accidents will result in the involvement of the traffic collision investigators.  The investigators have specialized knowledge and expertise in the investigation of car accidents and they are called up to investigate where there is a serious car accident usually resulting in life-threatening or life-altering injuries.   The police arrive at the accident scene after it has occurred.  While they interview as many parties as possible to determine what happened, they may not be able to obtain sufficient objective evidence to accurately assess what occurred.  It would be rare for a police officer to have witnessed the accident.  With the expanded use of surveillance monitors, the opportunity to find a video of what happened in the accident is increasing over time but still difficult to find for most accidents.  So without the benefit of an independent first hand observation the police have to attend the scene of a car accident after the fact and attempt to reconstruct what happened.  This process is generally referred to as an accident reconstruction.  The process of accident reconstruction is very detailed, looking at a variety of pieces of physical evidence including  the damage to the vehicles involved, damage to the surrounding area and markings, like skid marks, on the roads.  Measurements are taken and from the various pieces of information the accident reconstruction specialist will be able to calculate things like speed of the vehicles, stopping distances and other factors that will help them determine what happened after the accident.  Often independent engineers will be hired to conduct an accident reconstruction and assess the report of the police officer.  It is important to remember that while the report is prepared by someone trained in the field of accident reconstruction, and/or has an engineering background, the accident reconstruction report will have to make a number of assumptions and the variation or range of assumptions will have to be reviewed carefully to determine whether the accident reconstruction report is a fair and reasonable reflection of what has happened.  Generally there is a range of possibilities in the assumptions that can result in some interesting changes in the final conclusions of the accident reconstruction report.

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