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NCJ Number: 120440 Find in a Library
Title: Traffic Accident Investigation Manual -- At-scene Investigation and Technical Followup
Author(s): J S Baker; L B Fricke
Date Published: 1986
Page Count: 500
Sponsoring Agency: Northwestern University Traffic Institute
Evanston, IL 60204
Publication Number: ISBN 0-912642-06-8
Sale Source: Northwestern University Traffic Institute
405 Church Street
P.O. Box 1409
Evanston, IL 60204
United States of America
Type: Instructional Material
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This book is a manual for those involved in traffic accident investigation.
Abstract: Before 1925, systematic traffic accident investigation was practically unknown, but with the advent of the automobile and the resultant prominence of traffic deaths in everyday life, concerned persons and organizations took measures to minimize traffic danger. Accident investigation has become progressively more sophisticated. By reconstructing accidents, determining fault, and obtaining convictions, drivers are urged to be more responsible. This book covers 13 major topics, with specific instructions for various tasks, explaining how each task can better serve the whole of the investigation. These tasks include, for example, taking photos, examining vehicle damage, making sense of involved persons' differing accounts of what happened, questioning witnesses, gauging the mental and emotional state of involved persons and witnesses, measuring the scene, interpreting skidmarks and other bits of evidence, and drawing situation maps. It also elaborates on laws, police and administrative functions, standards, and more. Numerous exhibits, including diagrams, and photographs with captions. Tables, chapter references, index and glossary.
Main Term(s): Accident investigation
Index Term(s): Accident investigation training; Legal liability; Photographic mapping; Skid marks; Traffic codes; Traffic law enforcement
Note: This is the ninth edition of a series containing same and similar titles
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