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Using crash reconstruction analysis to find answers

Car accidents can be incredibly complicated at times to piece back together. Often, each driver has his or her own opinion about how the crash happened and who was at fault. Stories can become even more confusing when witness accounts are considered and variations are analyzed. In California, crash reconstruction is used to rebuild the scene of car accidents and find answers that assist the authorities in leveling appropriate consequences and citations to any drivers who were responsible for causing the crash. 

According to The Washington Post, there are several steps that must be carefully followed in order for answers to be found. First, crash analysts collect and assess witness statements. They can also acquire information from other sources including ATM security cameras, the black boxes of any vehicles involved and footage from personally installed security cameras or cameras from surrounding businesses. 

Second, tools are used to measure various parts of the crash scene to determine how far each vehicle traveled upon impact and how fast each may have been traveling. Third, investigators look closely at gouge marks which often suggest where the initial point of impact occurred. Lastly, investigators assess the condition of seatbelt restraints, airbags and other safety devices. Each of these factors play a critical role in helping authorities to find answers and reach a conclusion about how the crash may have happened. 

According to the California Office of Traffic Safety, in the year 2014, traffic-related fatalities were numbered at 3,074 for the state of California. This number was down 1.1 percent from the previous year when 3,107 fatalities were recorded in 2013.   

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