A transportation incident is the most well known and recognizable type of incident to be reconstructed. The most common types of transportation incidents are accidents involving the following:
- Motor vehicles
- Large commercial vehicles
- Transit vehicles
The steps involved in the process of a reconstruction can vary depending on the circumstances of the incident. In most cases, the process beings with an inspection of the accident site. At the site, measurements are taken of evidence left by the vehicles such as point of impact to final resting positions, skid marks, scrub marks, and gouge marks. Other factors such as visibility and weather conditions are also noted during a scene investigation.
Inspection of the vehicles is another major part of the investigation. During an inspection, our team will assess the damage to all vehicles. The mechanical components of the vehicles such as brakes, steering, tires, suspension, lights, etc. may also be inspected to determine if all systems were functioning correctly or if they may have been a contributing factor to the accident. The investigation might also include looking at driver qualifications, auditing logbooks, or reviewing other materials to motor carrier compliance. If the vehicles involved in the accident are equipped with a black box, the information it contains will likely be downloaded and analyzed.
Once the investigation is complete, reconstruction of the incident begins. Information such as pre- and post-impact direction of travel, length of pre-impact skid marks, post-impact distances moved, friction values for the various surfaces the vehicles traveled over, point of impact, impact angles, and weights of the vehicles are common inputs used in equations designed to reconstruct an accident.
The experienced team at Avalon’s ARU has investigated and reconstructed thousands of motor vehicle collisions. Utilizing state-of-the-art equipment, hardware, and software, the ARU team is capable of thoroughly investigating all types of collisions.