All of ARCCA’s accident reconstructionists are ACTAR-certified and have advanced accident reconstruction training. Most also have engineering degrees and other certifications, such as PE licenses. Their role is to work with the client to determine the scope of the reconstruction and apply the necessary tools and techniques in the most cost-effective manner for the given investigation.
ARCCA reconstructionists can perform standard reconstructions using the basic tools, or they can handle complex reconstructions using the latest laser scene capture tools, accident reconstruction software and simulation programs.
Accident reconstruction is divided into two basic categories. First are those seeking to assess liability. Such cases include: who is at fault; who was driving; visibility and line-of-sight; police report accuracy; and enhanced damage analyses. The second category are those that form a foundation for another testifying expert. While these types of reconstructions may also evaluate fault, they mainly concentrate on the analysis of the Delta-V (or change of speed at the point of impact) of the vehicles involved; acceleration time analysis (which assesses the time-based force and G profile experienced by the occupant or a particular section of the vehicle); evaluation of rotational factors and how they impact localized accelerations to the occupants; and interpretation and extrapolation of Black Box/CDR download data. ARCCA engineers are often called upon to capture the scene with the latest in laser tools to form a fully reproducible scene image for further evaluation.