Why Accident Reconstruction Research is Important
Why is accident reconstruction research important in accident cases? It’s not just the surface level credibility it provides on a CV. It is the experience and knowledge that is provided to the experts that conduct the research. This translates into confidence in their ability to conduct case work. It develops their confidence in their findings and presenting those findings to an attorney, judge or jury. At Kineticorp, research is part of our DNA for that very reason. We scrutinize the work from every angle before it ends up in litigation. For more insight into Kineticorp, follow our Director of Expert Relations, Justin Holderness, on Linkedin!
So the other day I sat down with my team and we were preparing for an event that we have next week, SAE World Congress. Now SAE is the Society of Automotive Engineers. It’s a platform that we use to publish our research. It’s peer reviewed, and it helps us develop our methodologies for our case work. Now SAE World Congress, this is this big event in Detroit where our experts go and present their findings to the accident reconstruction and forensic engineering community.
So as we were preparing for this event, we were discussing the fact that we put so much emphasis on research here at Kineticorp and we were trying to understand why is that? Why is it part of our DNA here at Kineticorp? And the conclusion that we came up with wasn’t the fact that it gives us credibility, it gives us credentials. Those are all a byproduct. The notch that you put on your CV, that’s a byproduct. What really motivates us is the fact that it is an opportunity for us to really put our work through the ringer. We know that our work is going to be scrutinized by our counsel, opposing counsel, juries, judges. And having the ability to internally and externally have our work reviewed both by peers within our community, some of the best accident reconstructionists out there, and internally by our team here at Kineticorp. That gives us confidence. So we know when we get those tough questions in depo or in trial that we have the answers because we’ve already looked at that question.
So the other day when I was talking to you about asking for a redacted report, when you’re hiring a new expert, whether your state requires your experts to write reports or not, take a look at the research, pay attention to it. Was it peer reviewed? Did they develop the research? Was it developed by somebody that they were associated with at their firm? Really ask them about their research and get a better understanding as to why they did the research. It’s just another opportunity to filter your experts and really get a sense of whether or not that expert’s right for you and your case.