Mechanical failure is one of the more significant causes of big rig accidents that occur on our nation’s highways every day. When these crashes result in injuries or fatalities, trucking accident attorneys must carefully investigate the cause of the crash to determine whether it was due to some kind of mechanical failure. The most reliable way to do this is with forensic analysis that includes crash reconstruction to determine what happened and why.
Look At Accident Scene
When big rig accidents occur, most result in damage to the truck itself, other vehicles, and even the roadway and surrounding environment. Not all damage points to mechanical failure; so the damage must be analyzed to solve the mystery of how the crash happened and what factors contributed to it. The first place that trucking accident attorneys investigate after a wreck is the accident scene, then the involved vehicles.
Based on these observations, the condition of the vehicles, and the environment, investigators can use scientific tools to determine if there was a failure or if something else caused the accident. By combining an understanding of motor vehicle technology with reconstruction technology, forensics experts can usually come up with the exact answer.
Crash reconstruction is a very valuable tool in determining if the mechanical failure of large trucks was involved in big rig accidents. It means establishing how the truck and its many parts reacted during a crash sequence, then deciding whether any specific part did not perform as it should have.
This analysis requires careful assessment of whether the damage resulting from a crash indicates part failure or occurred because of the crash itself. It also requires expert skills in disassembling the vehicle without causing any additional damage that could affect the assessment.
Questions To Be Answered
Through the analysis of all physical evidence resulting from the event, crash reconstruction attempts to answer two main questions: did a part fail and if so, why.
The first question is whether or not a broken mechanical part caused or was attributed to the crash. Finding this answer usually involves inspecting the roadways and other physical evidence at the scene of the accident.
Once a failure has been identified, the second question that must be answered through crash reconstruction is why it failed. An example of this would be investigating a crash scene to determine if a tire blowout caused the wreck, then later determining if the tire contained a defect that caused it to fail. Although this is a very simple representation of such ideas, it demonstrates the principals behind crash reconstruction and is what trucking accident attorneys rely on to uncover essential details about these events.
In the aftermath of big rig accidents that resulted in serious injuries or fatalities, it is essential that accident causation be determined to establish who is responsible for the crash. When mechanical failure is suspected, the most reliable way for this to be done is through careful forensic analysis and crash reconstruction. Then forensics experts can determine which mechanical parts failed and why they failed in order to explain how the accident sequence unfolded. With this information, trucking accident attorneys can then seek appropriate compensation from the parties found to be responsible for the failure!
Hildebrand & Wilson, LLP
Robert W. Hildebrand, Attorney at Law
J. Daniel Wilson, Attorney at Law
7830 Broadway, Suite 122
Pearland TX 77581