Easy Method for Collecting Vehicle Crush Profile Data

by scolburn 26. March 2021 14:36

By: Steve Colburn, Applications Training Specialist, Laser Technology, Inc.
Photos and case study data courtesy of: Rich Maxwell

Today’s Crash Investigator makes use of all possible data sources at their disposal when reconstructing an incident. The more information that can be analyzed by the team, the more confidence they have in their assessment of the situation. Most of this data is collected with mapping tools and photography in short order right at the scene so it can be cleared quickly. However, some data like vehicle crush profile is typically not due to the time and personnel resources it requires. This specific data set is essential for determining the maximum engagement between two vehicles, which contributes to finding the principal direction of force. It is also very useful for putting vehicles together in scaled diagrams and showing the sequence of the crash.More...

Evolving Tech Has Shifted How Investigators Reconstruct a Crash Scene

by TNyland 22. March 2019 10:12

The constant change in our human infrastructure in developing a modernized autonomous society is affecting the frequency and types of traffic crashes investigators will come to see. To stay relevant, we must change with the world: altering procedures, replacing outdated equipment, and furthering our education and/or trainings. Investigators have been transferring from the old school method of documenting a scene with a tape measure and wheel, into the digital age of lasers, scanners, drones, and mapping software.

Clearing and documenting a crash scene are both equally important procedures that need to happen after a traffic crash. Officers and investigators are under a lot of pressure to document a scene as quickly, accurately, and effectively as possible, as no one incident is the end as the risk of secondary crashes are a dominant threat. More...

Revolutionizing Crash Reconstruction with Drones and Lasers

by TNyland 23. January 2019 12:18

Drones and lasers aide traffic crash officials in reducing secondary crashes by spending less time on scene.

"Road safety is an issue that does not receive anywhere near the attention it deserves – and it really is one of our great opportunities to save lives around the world," Michael Bloomberg, WHO Global Ambassador for Noncommunicable Disease and Injuries. The Global Status Report on Road Safety of 2018 states that road traffic accidents claim more than 1.35 million lives each year: globally. That's 3,750 lives each day. Furthermore, road traffic crashes are now the leading cause of death for individuals between the ages of 5 and 29 years old. More...

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