On August 20th, 23 vehicles – including a box truck and an 18-wheeler – were involved in a multi-vehicle accident that shut down I-24 for hours, according to reports from WKRN.com and The Tennessean. While many people went to the hospital for injuries, no fatalities were reported. An accident of this magnitude means it can be hard to tell who is at fault. That is why our attorneys often work with accident reconstructionists, who can help us determine exactly what happened, so we can build a stronger case for our clients.
Auto accident reconstruction
Traffic accident reconstruction and investigation are processes that law enforcement and traffic engineers use in order to gather and analyze the evidence to come to a conclusion about the cause of a motor vehicle collision. Because of all of the issues with assigning fault and liability, reconstruction experts are looking for what caused the crash and which driver or drivers is/are at fault. Auto accident reconstruction specialists analyze all of the available information such as eyewitness testimony, any video or still images taken during or after the crash, skid marks and other data points such as vehicle black box data when available to try and unravel a solution.
Investigating an auto accident
When you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident, and you hire a Nashville auto accident attorney to represent your interests, they often use accident reconstruction experts as part of the process of determining fault as the attorneys prepare for litigation or for a settlement negotiation. These specialists use forensics and any available evidence to bolster their case with the understanding that the insurance company for the other party in the crash is also looking for any shred of evidence that could exonerate them and keep them from having to pay for a claim.
With some accidents it is pretty clear by the way the vehicles came to a stop what caused the crash. A passerby can see the skid marks on the pavement and figure out that one car clearly crashed into the side of another after having tried to run a red light. But in a multiple-vehicle collision, like the one near Harding Place, the vehicles can end up in a tangled mess and evidence can be lost. Before clearing the wreckage, the authorities will take countless measurements, photographs, video, and statements from all available eye witnesses to see what they can piece together as to what caused the chain reaction crash.
Reconstructing the crash can resolve a dispute
If the insurance company is disputing their liability in a crash, reconstructing an accident can help shed more light on what actually happened and help to resolve the dispute.
When you have suffered a serious injury in a car crash, or if you have lost a loved one in an auto accident, you may have questions for an experienced, Nashville auto accident attorney from the Rocky McElhaney Law Firm. We fight for your right to fair compensation when you have been injured du to another person’s negligence. We invite you to schedule your free consultation with a member of our team in Nashville, Hendersonville or Knoxville by calling 615.246.5549 or filling out our contact form. Our Gladiators in Suits will fight for you!