Motor Vehicle Accident Reconstruction and Cause Analysis
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When the time comes for a judge or jury to render a verdict in a lawsuit, rarely is there sufficient objective scene data or eye witness testimony to help them determine what happened in the critically deciding seconds of a crash. The purpose of motor vehicle accident reconstruction is to determine what happened at a particular point in time in accidents with respect to drivers, vehicles, objects, pedestrians and others.
The Seventh Edition of Motor Vehicle Accident Reconstruction and Cause Analysis provides the novice or experienced attorney, expert witness, and investigator with fundamentals necessary to properly formulate a case, collect critical data, and apply proven engineering concepts in the reconstruction and cause analysis of accidents. The revisions and additions in the Seventh Edition include numerous chapter review questions, hints for expert testimony and report writing, and guidance on when to retain an expert. There are also discussions of case formulation errors and how costly mistakes can be avoided, as well as many MARC1 software applications and analysis of actual crashes, along with a discussion of how a successful resolution of a particular case is most likely to be achieved. The new looseleaf binder design allows the Seventh Edition to become a living document, both in terms of personal use as well as future supplements.
Readers using MARC1 Accident Reconstruction Software in their forensic praxis will find the Seventh Edition a helpful tool in effectively using MARC1. MARC1 software applications have been added to make the analysis of complicated calculations an easy and efficient task.
The novice lawyer and the expert working his or her first traffic case or the "old pro" will benefit greatly from the experience gained by the author in nearly 350 trial testimonies, 800 depositions, and over 3,000 accident reconstructions.
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Table of contents
Part I ELEMENTS OF FORENSIC ACCIDENT RECONSTRUCTION
Chapter 1 TRAFFIC ACCIDENT COMPONENTS AND CASE FORMULATION
Chapter 2 CRITICAL ACCIDENT CAUSATION FACTORS
Chapter 3 OBJECTIVES OF ACCIDENT RECONSTRUCTION
Chapter 4 FORENSIC EXPERT
Chapter 5 EXPERT REPORT and AFFIDAVIT
Part II MOTOR VEHICLE FACTORS IN ACCIDENT RECONSTRUCTION
Chapter 6 THE CHASSIS
Chapter 7 FRAME AND BODY
Chapter 8 THE SUSPENSION SYSTEM
Chapter 9 TIRE AND RIM
Chapter 10 THE STEERING SYSTEM
Chapter 11 THE BRAKING SYSTEM
Chapter 12 THE ENGINE
Chapter 13 THE CLUTCH
Chapter 14 THE TRANSMISSION
Chapter 15 THE DRIVE SHAFT
Chapter 16 THE FINAL DRIVE
Chapter 17 THE DIFFERENTIAL
Chapter 18 THE ELECTRICAL/ELECTRONIC SYSTEM
Chapter 19 VEHICLE DATA SOURCES
Part III VEHICLE MOTION ANALYSIS
Chapter 20 FUNDAMENTALS OF MOTION ANALYSIS
Chapter 21 FUNDAMENTALS OF FORCE AND ENERGY ANALYSIS
Chapter 22 THE TIRE FORCE
Chapter 23 MAXIMUM SPEED, SLOPE, AND ACCELERATION ANALYSIS
Chapter 24 VEHICLE BRAKING ANALYSIS
Chapter 25 VEHICLE VIBRATIONS
Chapter 26 VEHICLE DIRECTIONAL CONTROL
Chapter 27 VEHICLE ROLLOVER ANALYSIS
Part IV ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE ANALYSIS
Chapter 28 DRIVER RESPONSE IN ACCIDENTS
Chapter 29 DRIVER VIEW FIELD ANALYSIS
Chapter 30 BRAKING TO AVOID COLLISION
Chapter 31 STEERING TO AVOID COLLISION
Chapter 32 PASSING MANEUVER
Chapter 33 COLLISION SPEED ANALYSIS
Chapter 34 CRASH AND INJURY DATA
Chapter 35 CAR-PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENTS
Chapter 36 MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENTS
Chapter 37 ACCIDENT SCENE DATA