The role of an accident reconstructionist is to provide a forensic conclusion to the cause and events of an accident. Some accidents may involve passenger vehicles or consumer products, such as an ATV.
When a bicycle accident occurs, the resulting litigation can have serious ramifications for both the Plaintiff and Defendant. Choosing the correct expert for either side is crucial.
Hydroplaning is frequently alleged to be a cause of vehicular traffic accidents. This is because many persons, even law enforcement personnel, may not know the technical definition and criteria for hydroplaning.
For a cyclist to negotiate a turn, they must lean the bicycle to the inside of the corner in order to balance the centrifugal force associated with the change in velocity and the gravitational force from gravity.
Many vehicular accidents happen because drivers are in too much of a hurry or they are distracted by any number of things. They just are not paying close enough attention to their surroundings. Traffic accidents at signalized intersections are common where both drivers claim the other driver is at fault.
Low speed motor vehicle collisions are a common occurrence. The use of cellular phones, text messaging, and e-mailing while driving has only increased the frequency of low speed motor vehicle collisions. A motor vehicle collision where there is only minor damage to the vehicles may result in personal injury claims for substantial sums.
This paper will express the concern of the National Academy of Forensic Engineers (NAFE)® with regard to the practice of what has loosely been called "Accident Reconstruction."
Animations are a powerful tool to illustrate how an accident occurred, and to make an engineer's accident reconstruction more accessible to individuals without engineering expertise.
As more people take to the streets on bicycle and on foot, there is a growing support for changes to laws that govern the roads. One of these laws is the "vulnerable road users law" which would increase the penalties for motorists who cause an accident that involves and injures a pedestrian or bicyclist to more than just a ticket.
During 1990, the Specialty Vehicle Institute of America (SVIA) with the assistance of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) published the first standard for ATVs referred to as ANSI/SVIA-1-1990. During 2001, ANSI/SVIA revised this standard referred to as standard ANSI/SVIA 1-2001. The standard was revised again during 2007 and again in 2010 and is referred to as standard ANSI/SVIA 1-2010.