Traffic accident investigation and reconstruction are the processes of gathering and scientifically analyzing available evidence to determine what happened in a traffic collision. Accident reconstruction analysis also seeks to address causation and liability issues. The results of the reconstruction may be used to explain why the accident happened (causation) or how it could have been prevented (avoidance). The accident reconstruction results can also form the foundational basis for other technical analyses such as injury causation, biomechanics, human factors, restraint system performance, or product liability.
Typical traffic accident reconstruction results include time, speed, and position histories for the involved vehicles at relevant points in the collision sequence. These histories can be associated with the scene geometry and environmental conditions to assess human factors issues such as: perception-reaction, visibility, driver strategies or potential evasive tactics.
Other important parameters derived from a traffic accident reconstruction typically include: collision severity (commonly expressed as the Delta-V or change in velocity due to the collision), impact speeds, principal directions of force, heading angles, direction of travel, or acceleration/deceleration values.
Regardless of the particular issues involved in any given case or the analytical tools utilized, the traffic accident reconstruction expert needs to incorporate a combination of formal education, special training, and hands-on case experience.
Mr. Gayner holds a Master of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering. He has completed over 30 specialized courses and seminars specific to traffic accident investigation and analysis and has 30+ years of experience with more than 1300 real world traffic accident cases. Mr. Gayner is ACTAR certified (Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstructionists).
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