Do you know what an accident reconstruction specialist does? If you guessed that they physically recreate accidents, that’s not quite right. They might do a small-scale recreation of an accident in a lab without risking actual property and people, but the recreations they usually do are of a more virtual nature. It used to be they would recreate the sequence or chain of events of an accident on a blackboard or paper chart. In the digital age, they are more likely to do it using computers, software, and 3D animations.
If you are considering going into this field or are already in it and wondering who you might be able to work for as an accident reconstruction specialist, then keep reading to learn six potential sources of employment.
1) Law Enforcement: Perhaps the most common source of work for specialists of this nature is going to be law enforcement departments. Usually, this will be state highway patrols or local police and sheriff departments. When serious accidents happen that block roadways, they might have to be cleared for traffic to resume, meaning a reconstruction specialist must determine what happened from witness statements, photos, and measurements taken on the scene. In other cases, traffic might not be allowed to resume until the specialist has finished their work.
2) Insurance Companies: Sometimes, insurance companies will spar over whose fault an accident was or to what degree. In such instances, a specialist is often needed to determine who did what and to what degree. Such professional opinions and expertise are ammunition in settlement negotiations.
3) Lawyers: When insurance companies can’t settle things on their own, the lawyers of one or both sides get involved. The chances of expert specialists being used goes up dramatically in such circumstances.
4) Car Makers: The businesses that make automobiles and other vehicles often use accident reconstruction personnel when doing the research and development of their makes and models so they can make the most of the safety of their designs.
5) Department of Transportation Engineers: If a particular stretch of road or intersection is known to be a risk for repeated accidents, DOT staff might use accident reconstruction professionals to determine what changes to make to ensure that location is safer in the future.
6) Other Accident Reconstruction Specialists: Accident reconstruction can sometimes be challenging work, and those in the field might need a helping hand with a particular case, so mentoring or consulting others in the profession might be profitable work.
Now that you have read this list, you know six potential areas of employment you can enjoy as an accident reconstruction specialist. If you’re just getting started in the field, look into each of them for entry-level opportunities. If you’re already in the field, consider part-time work in a secondary field for more income and financial security.
If you find yourself stuck in one area and would like to move into another one of the fields, then consider doing guest lectures and writing a book or two on the subject along with granting interview requests and blogging in order establish yourself as an authority on the subject, particularly if you’d like to move into the higher paying roles of consulting and courtroom expert witness.