Frequently Asked Questions

What is accident reconstruction?
The analysis of the facts obtained from an accident investigation and the application of scientific principles for the purpose of determining how the accident occurred.

How much does a reconstruction cost?
The cost is strictly dependent on the time involved to gather facts, analyze, and present opinions. Minimum costs to perform a reconstruction can be in the range of $1,500.00.

Are vehicle damage measurements always needed to reconstruct vehicle speed?

No. Certain types of collisions involving some vehicles may require knowledge of crush damage to reconstruct speed. Frequently, scene data is more useful to determine vehicle speed.

Are accident scene measurements of vehicle impact and rest positions always required to reconstruct an accident?

No. Scene measurements can be beneficial, but scene photographs and even witness testimony may provide the needed information.

Do all recently produced automobiles and trucks have data recorders that provide accident data?

Most automobiles and light trucks produced in recent years have event data recorders as part of the air bag system. However, recorded data varies by manufacturer. Many heavy trucks are equipped with individual electronic control modules (ECM) for the engine, transmission, and brake system. These ECMs can be capable of recording crash data or other parameters useful in accident reconstruction. Also, the electronic logging device (ELD) in commercial trucks may have useful data as well. Please contact us to find out what data the vehicles involved in your accident may record.

Will the data recorders provide vehicle speed at impact and also speed prior to impact?

The data available varies by manufacturer. Many automobiles and light trucks record this data as well as some heavy trucks. Please contact us to find out what data the vehicles involved in your accident may record.

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