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NCJ Number: 120739 Find in a Library
Title: Use of Computers in Traffic Accident Reconstruction
Author(s): T D Day; R L Hargens
Corporate Author: Northwestern University Traffic Institute
United States of America
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 24
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Type: Best Practice/State-of-the-Art Review
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The use of computers in traffic accident reconstruction has two primary benefits: speed and accuracy.
Abstract: A properly programmed computer can calculate within seconds what would take hours to calculate by hand, and it can run many possible scenarios. That computers always give the correct answers to given equations is especially important when thousands of separate calculations may be required. Additionally, the computer forces its user into a logical mode and can provide broad information about accident investigation. Computers can simulate loss of control and can determine speed from skidmark information. For example, a car chase stunt in the James Bond movie, "Man with the Golden Gun," was precalculated by computer and successfully executed in one take, illustrating the computer's accuracy in predicting reconstructing. Its only limitation is that the computer and the user be qualified before results can be considered reliable. 29 exhibits, 42 references.
Main Term(s): Accident investigation; Computer aided investigations
Index Term(s): Computer simulation; Skid marks
Note: Topic 892 of the Traffic Accident Investigation Manual
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