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Typically in any accident analysis, the physical evidence is of foremost importance, however driver input and witness versions are also considered. Witness statements are frequently in conflict or biased, therefore providing data to the reconstructionist that may not be completely accurate, but which can pertain to relevant issue such as the indication of speed at impact or the application of brakes.
Without a reconstruction, or possibly to a lesser extent, a merit investigation, the liability settlements may take several years, and would only serve to prolong the negative effects of the trauma and the grieving process of both victims and relatives.
The exact manner in which an accident occurred is often unknown, but more often, the cause of the accident is in question and can require the expertise of an accident Reconstructionist to determine what happened in the driver, vehicle and road environment interface. Accident reconstruction is a tool that can be used by insurers or agencies to investigate an accident sequence and hence determine liability.