Automotive Engineering Consultants, Inc.
Automotive Accident Reconstruction & Investigation
Automotive Engineering Consultants,
Automotive Accident Reconstruction and Investigation
Our automotive accident reconstruction and investigation experience includes trucks from small pickups and light trucks to multiple unit tractor-trailers; sedans, vans, sport utility vehicles, station wagons, sports cars, recreational vehicles, buses, motorhomes; golf carts, snowmobiles; pedestrians; bicycles, motorcycles; all terrain vehicles, farm machinery, skidders, self-propelled cranes; trains; pleasure boats, deep water boats; light aircraft; and pre- and post-accident fire.
Vehicular Accident Reconstruction
We employ a variety of accepted methods for the reconstruction of a truck or automobile accident. These methods range from sophisticated computer programs, to empirically based vehicle systems models and mathematical calculations, as required.
Vehicular Accident Investigation
The foundation of every good accident reconstruction is a thorough investigation of the circumstances surrounding the accident.
Ideally, we prefer to visit the scene of a traffic accident at the time of the accident or the day after. Immediately after the accident, skid marks are most easily observed, gouge marks and fluid spills in the roadway are still fresh, and other evidence of conditions and events most apparent. We like to examine the accident vehicles soon thereafter.
However, it is the nature of accidents that many things are not ideal. We are often asked to investigate accidents that occurred several years earlier. Information that could have been gained from a timely scene investigation must then be gleaned from surviving evidence such as police reports, photographs and accident vehicles long in storage. We will generally visit the scene of the accident, even years later. We learn all we can about the accident from the available evidence.
Often an accident is the result of driver error, perhaps compounded by environmental factors or road conditions. In other cases the root cause is mechanical failure (brakes, engine, transmission, steering, etc.) and not human error or negligence. We can conduct engineering analyses of the failure or test the failed vehicular system. Brakes and steering are examples of systems that are commonly called into question, requiring examination, analysis, and/or testing.
In the general sense, what actually happened in the accident is usually apparent at this stage. We confer with our clients to determine whether they want to go further, to reconstruct the accident and, if appropriate, conduct failure analysis.
Typical Questions We Address in an Accident Reconstruction Case
Did the automobile run the stop sign? When did the truck start to brake? How fast were the vehicles going? How does the crashworthiness of this car compare with other cars? Why was the passenger ejected from the vehicle?
Was the tractor trailer driver at fault? Did the car brakes fail? Did the transmission fail? Why didn't the airbag deploy? Why did the vehicle roll over?
What was the speed of the automobile when it struck the pickup truck? In which lanes were the vehicles driving when the collision occurred? Why did the car catch fire?
What part did road conditions and visibility play in this wreck? Did
the truck air brakes and steering function properly? Did the tire blow
out and cause the accident, or did the collision cause the tire to blow
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