Accident Reconstruction

Motor Vehicle Accident Reconstruction

Accident Reconstruction is the process of combining engineering principles with physical evidence to recreate accidents. A reconstruction can include the following:

  • Vehicle Speed Analysis
  • Crush Analysis
  • Vehicle Dynamics
  • Time/Distance/Avoidance Studies
  • Occupant Kinematics
  • Seat Belt Usage and Effectiveness
  • Vehicle Component Failure Analysis
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Eugene R. Camerota, PE, Consulting Engineers utilize up to date computer aids such as Engineering Dynamics HVE reconstruction software in conjunction with classical Newtonian Mechanics to reconstruct all types of accidents involving:

  • Automobiles
  • Trucks: large, medium duty and light
  • Motorcycles
  • Snowmobiles
  • ATV's.
 In addition, we are certified to download Event Data Recorders from automobiles using the Bosch CDR equipment. This information is used in conjunction with classical accident reconstruction tools resulting in a more complete accident reconstruction analysis.

Event Data Recorders

Many vehicles today are equipped with a means to record and save data when an accident occurs. This is done through the Airbag Control Module (ACM) when the algorithm is enabled during a collision event. Some of this data is saved in the event data recorder and some is not. The information within these modules varies with make, model and year of the vehicle. This information can include:
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  • Vehicle Speed
  • Delta-V
  • Acceleration Data
  • Brake Switch Position
  • Seat Belt Buckle Status
  • Throttle Position
  • Steering Wheel Position
  • Airbag and Seat Belt Pre-Tension Data
As always, this data should be used in conjunction with a proper accident reconstruction. We use the latest Bosch/Vetronix Crash Data Retrieval (CDR) equipment to download this data from select vehicles. We are trained and certified to both download and interpret the data.

Motorcycle Accident Reconstruction

Motorcycle accident reconstruction requires special techniques owing to balance and visibility issues unique to motorcycles in addition to their higher level of performance. Therefore special techniques must be applied in analyzing motorcycle accidents. I am a trained MSF (Motorcycle Safety Foundation) instructor and certified to teach the Beginner and Advanced Rider Courses. This, in addition to over 40 years of riding experience, gives me the specialized knowledge and training to analyze and reconstruct motorcycle accidents. Computer techniques in conjunction with classical engineering dynamics are used to reconstruct these accidents. Areas of consulting with regard to motorcycles are:
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  • Accident Reconstruction
  • Motorcycle Dynamics and Speed Analysis
  • Visibility Issues
  • Reaction Times and Rider Control
  • Motorcycle Performance
  • Mechanical Component Investigation and Failure Analysis

Pedestrians

Pedestrian accidents include many aspects of accident reconstruction. These include:

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  • Pedestrian/Motor Vehicle Interactions
  • Crosswalk Issues,
  • Pedestrian Attentiveness
  • Motor Vehicle Operator Attentiveness
  • Visibility Issues
  • Slip/Fall Issues
  • Reaction and Perception Times and Avoidance Issues

Typically, physical evidence is at a minimum. Therefore special techniques and experience are required in reconstructing these types of accidents utilizing the evidence at hand. We have extensive experience of 30 years and hundreds of pedestrian accidents to do the job correctly and accurately.

Bicycle, ATV and Snowmobile Accident Reconstruction

Bicycles, ATV’s and Snowmobiles all represent special challenges in that they are specialized vehicles. Accurate analyses with regard to accident reconstruction require knowledge of these vehicles and their dynamic characteristics. We have extensive experience in all aspects of reconstructing these accidents, including:
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  • Accident Reconstruction
  • Stability
  • Vehicle Dynamics
  • Visibility Issues
  • Vehicle Rider Control
  • Reaction Times
  • Performance
  • Component Failure Investigation and Failure Analysis

Agricultural Equipment

Agricultural equipment pertains to all types of farm machinery including tractors, bailers, manure spreaders, to name a few. This type of equipment is very specialized and requires special knowledge and experience to reconstruct accidents involving their use. Our work includes all aspects of reconstructing accident involving agricultural equipment, including:
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  • Vehicle Dynamics
  • Safety Issues
  • Operation and Maintenance
  • Rollover Protection
  • Equipment Failure Analysis

Industrial Machinery

Industrial machinery involves a wide range of equipment including extrusion machines, punch presses and conveyors, to name just a few. Many industrial machines are very specialized and are one-off applications. Therefore, our vast experience in hundreds of different types of industrial machine accidents are utilized in any type of industrial machine that we encounter. We have extensive experience in machine design and the application of ANSI and OSHA standards. Areas include:
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  • Machine Component Design
  • Machine Component Failure Analysis
  • Accident Reconstruction
  • Industrial Standards including ANSI, ASTM and OSHA
  • Machine Dynamics

Ladders

Ladder accident reconstruction requires specific techniques and engineering expertise. We have close to 30 years of experience in reconstructing all types of ladder accidents. These include Step Ladders and Extension Ladders made from wood, aluminum and fiberglass. Ladders are typically manufactured following specific ANSI (American National Standards Institute) standards. These standards provide guidelines for construction and testing of ladder products. We have performed all tests that the ANSI standards cite for step ladders.

Slip and Fall Analysis

Slip and Fall analysis includes many facets of both Mechanical Engineering and Human Factors. We perform complete coefficient of friction testing and application to all types of slip/trip/fall incidents. Also, local, state and federal building codes are checked and incorporated into all slip/fall analyses. These incidents involve:
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  • Stairway design and construction
  • Handrail issues
  • Thresholds
  • Sidewalks
  • Snow and Ice
  • Handicap Accessibility: American and Disabilities Act (ADA)


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