After judging the distance between his truck and the normal flow of traffic, he pulled out toward the service road with the intention to complete his turn.




Aerial view of the waste truck and Lincoln rental car collision.

Unbeknownst to the truck driver, the Lincoln rental car that would soon collide with his truck was weaving through traffic at high speed. Since the other cars along the road were moving at normal highway speed, he judged their approach would provide enough time and distance to safely cross. Just as he approached the service road, the Lincoln rental car, at a high rate of speed, suddenly broke through the normal flow of traffic and collided with the waste truck in the emergency breakdown lane. Tragically, the driver of the Lincoln rental car died.

Waste truck driver's view.

By analyzing vehicle crush data, survey data, photographic evidence, and witness statements, the estimated speed at the time of impact was more than ninety miles per hour. To further verify the speed of the Lincoln rental car at the time of impact, the information from a vehicle Black Box known as an Event Data Recorder was imaged. After analysis of the Black Box data, the Lincoln rental car was shown to be traveling more than one hundred miles per hour.

This case was headed for trial. Once the parties in this case viewed the results of the reconstruction and the visualization of the facts, the case quickly settled.

Visualizations can be done in a cost effective manner with the highest level of mathematical accuracy. In the example above, client resources were preserved by combining survey data with digital photographs. 


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