WHAT IS COLLISION RECONSTRUCTION?
There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which is proof against all argument, and which cannot fail to keep man in everlasting ignorance. That principle is condemnation before investigation. —Edmund Spencer
Simply stated, collision reconstruction is the effort to determine from whatever evidence is available, how a collision occurred.
A reconstruction will typically be able to establish most of the following facts and opinions:
- Speeds of the involved vehicles
- Seating position of the occupants (who was driving?)
- Driving Strategy/evasive action
A reconstruction is most successful if the investigation is begun soon after the collision occurs, and the involved vehicle(s) is/are still available for inspection. However, if a police investigation was conducted, a report filed, diagram prepared and photos taken, many of the important issues about the collision can be established long after the collision took place.