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The Coolest Job, Ever

Posted by on Apr 30, 2019 in Car Accidents | 0 comments

Do you remember being asked what you wanted to be when you grew up, as a child? I certainly do. It was a question that even at a young age, filled me with existential dread. I was always worried that I would pick the wrong job and hate my life.

Thankfully, I picked a career that I love. The cliche that if you pick a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life worked out for me. But I wasn’t always so confident. Graduating from elementary school wasn’t the end of the existential crises I experienced. A few years ago, when I was still trying to decide on different career paths, I found out about a pretty interesting option.

When a car accident happens, victims are ushered as quickly as possible to hospitals and emergency rooms to take care of injuries. Soon, their damaged cars and belongings are carted off to storage units or to the victims’ homes.

But vehicles almost always leave behind skid marks and physical evidence. According to this website for a law firm named Hare, Wynn, Newell & Newton, LLP, some people work to analyze car accident sites. They are called car accident reconstruction experts.

By analyzing debris and site crashes, including photos from police reports, car accident reconstruction experts employ principles of engineering to determine details of the speed, course, and collision of the vehicles involved in accidents. This knowledge can be used to argue liability or responsibility for crashes.

For this reason, car accident reconstruction experts are often contracted by personal injury lawyers. Lawyers will hire the experts to examine their clients’ accidents and make educated assumptions about the crash. The information is crucial for cases relying on details about speeding or vehicle malfunctions.

From my research, it appears that the job of an accident reconstruction experts is easier and more detail-oriented than it used to be. Now, many reconstruction experts use 3D scanning technology to document evidence such as the exact location of a broken barrier or a pothole that played a role in the accident.

Old-fashioned investigations are still necessary to the job, though. Interviewing witnesses on the street or drivers and passengers is a common starting point for reconstruction experts. This way, they can have somewhere to begin as they try to replicate the crash in either a written record. Complex consultants even go so far so to recreate the crash through digital simulations, sometimes.

I think this job is so cool. You basically get to play detective and solve a case. However, the stakes are much lower and many experts work for themselves as consultants hired on by personal injury lawyers. Using and adapting to new technology is exciting, as well.

The reason I was not able to ever work as a car accident reconstruction expert is my lack of engineering experience. The mathematics involved in determining speed, path, and angle of collisions is something in which I have no experience. Perhaps if I could do it all over, I would study in my math classes a little harder. Then I could have become a reconstruction expert!

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