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According to data released by the Texas Department of State Health Services, which utilized the 2007 Hospital EMS/Trauma Registry Data, Falls and Auto Accidents were the top 2 leading causes of injury within the State of Texas. Of the 91,703 injuries reported in 2007, the combination of Falls and Auto Accidents accounted for an amazing 64% (58,833 injuries). Individually, Auto Accidents accounted for 27% (27,415) of all statewide injuries reported. Additionally, motor vehicle accidents in Texas is the leading cause of death for residents under the age of 45, and 3rd leading cause of death to all residents.

As Safety Engineers, and Accident Reconstructionists, these statistics are not surprising. In fact, similar statistics and rankings can be found for many other states, as well as the United States in the overall. These are a clear indication of the hazards that face every person on a daily basis, and the potential dangers associated with a task that most of us undertake every day without concern.

Accident Reconstruction Consultants & Experts

As a result of the high propensity for vehicle collisions (auto, motorcycle, large truck, bicycle, pedestrian, etc.) to result in significant injuries requiring medical attention, as well as the repair of property damage, the costs associated with a motor vehicle collision is commonly of a significant amount. In addition to the associated costs, there is often a disagreement between the parties relative to the events of the collision, the cause of the accident, as well as the severity of the collision forces.

As an expert in the field of Accident Reconstruction, WEXCO's highly trained and experienced staff of professionals is commonly retained in such matters for purposes of:

  • Inspection and documentation of the condition of the vehicle(s) involved
  • Inspection and analysis of the safety of the subject roadway and traffic control features (i.e. traffic signals, stop signs, signage, striping, etc.)
  • Analysis of the environmental factors that may be associated with the collision (i.e. rain, temperature, sun position, etc.)
  • Analysis of the physical evidence associated with the collision (i.e. skid marks, gouges in the roadway, etc.)
  • Review and analysis of the relevant documentation and statements of the various parties and witnesses
  • Reconstruction analysis of the overall collision relative to the safety of the speeds and actions of the parties
  • Calculation of impact speeds and associated forces
  • Reconstruction of the accident mechanics, including movement of vehicle occupants
  • Development of demonstrative graphics and animations of our reconstruction analysis
  • Others

Preserving Evidence Through Documentation

The precision and level of detail with which an Accident Reconstruction Expert is able to analyze any given motor vehicle accident is often directly related to the amount of physical evidence that is preserved. While statements of the parties and witnesses are often very valuable in assisting the Accident Reconstructionist, it is often the availability and quality of documentation of the relevant physical evidence that enables the Accident Reconstructionist to fully reconstruct a collision. Such preservation might include:

  • Consultant/expert inspecting the vehicle(s) prior to repair and or demolition (when the vehicle is totalled)
  • Documentation (photograph and/or video) of the accident scene relative to the condition of the roadway (i.e. rain, snow, construction activity, street light configuration and timing), prior to any changes or alterations
  • Photograph and/or video documentation of the property damage and site conditions (with measurements) by the involved parties for later evaluation by the consultant/expert
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Dr. Stephen C. Wexler: 40 years experience in construction, construction management, safety and related. Unusual combination of safety engineering and construction and civil engineering permits separate areas within construction, safety, and premises liability. 6 years Instructor at UCLA Evening Extension in Engineering & Construction Management, and 4 years US Navy Seabees Instructor for Construction Management - Port Hueneme, CA and Gulfport, Mississippi.

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