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



INDEX