Car accidents oftentimes are not simple, clear-cut events that lend a clear idea of who was right and who was wrong. Instead, many times it is left to a court to decide what the circumstances were that led to the collision and the amount of responsibility each party had for it occurring. As a result, because no court is perfect, individuals who have been harmed due to another party’s acts are left out in the cold because they could not prove their case. However, each year new technology comes out that provides a better opportunity for plaintiffs, and their attorneys, to prove their case and receive the compensation they deserve.
One firm, Advanced Research and Technology (ART) Corporation, works with the very technology required to prove cases. Utilizing Finite Element Analysis (FEA), commonly referred to as computer simulations, the company provides compelling engineering evidence to explain the cause of a crash-related case. FEA’s due this by calculating the kinematics of the investigated accident (speeds, relative motion, different parts of accident) and structural analysis (where the cars collided and relevant stresses, strains, failures, energy displacements, etc.). By analyzing this information, FEA can help plaintiffs win cases related to auto and motorcycle crashes, airbag and seatbelt related problems, structural analysis relating to accidents or blasts, slip and fall cases, fuel tank and pipeline pressure analysis and a variety of others.
FEA simulations are widely recognized by the engineering community as a reliable and advanced tool for solving structural dynamics, crash, blast and impact-related matters. Automotive companies often use FEA for car testing in the same way that highway safety systems are designed using the technology. The reliability of FEA comes down to the simulator being able to develop accurate formulations or equations to explain how the millions of small elements involved in a collision react when variables are at a certain set. Because of its ability to determine how a car will behave in a collision and the effects of a collision, technology experts are able to move backwards and determine what variables were in place to lead to the results suffered.
Being able to go backwards and determine the cause is crucial in cases where the alleged cause of the problem/accident has been removed from the scene. For example, should a faulty guardrail cause a fatality, a simulation may be required should that guardrail be removed along with the wreckage of the cars and be discarded. What’s more, the simulations done and formulas executed by the computer are not something easily, or affordably, done by hand. What’s more, there are a plethora of court cases where FEA techniques were used as evidence in a court. This admissibility, coupled with the cost-effective manner it can determine an accident (often 20% of the cost of a single crash test), makes this technology incredibly important.
Technology like the one described above is a key component of complex litigation and it is important that you hire an attorney willing to use state of the art techniques to help prove your case. To speak to an attorney about how to best prove your car collision case, call our offices today. For more information on this technology, head to www.artengineer.com.