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NCJ Number: 200012 Find in a Library
Title: Forensic Engineering Reconstruction of Accidents, Second Edition
Author(s): John F. Brown P.E.; Kenneth S. Obenski P.E.; Thomas R. Osborn Ph.D.
Date Published: 2002
Page Count: 284
Sponsoring Agency: Charles C. Thomas
Springfield, IL 62704
Publication Number: ISBN 0-398-07340-6
Sale Source: Charles C. Thomas
2600 South First Street
Springfield, IL 62704
United States of America
Type: Policy/Procedure Handbook/Manual
Format: Book (Hardbound)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This book discusses the forensic reconstruction of vehicular accidents, including automobile, truck, motorcycle, and pedestrian.
Abstract: Forensic engineering is the new term that relates to the more familiar term of expert witness. The term forensic engineer limits the scope to the engineering profession. Chapter 1 explains the term forensic engineering further. Chapter 2 explains why forensic engineering investigations are made. Chapter 3 discusses the types of friction, the mechanisms of dry friction, and other aspects of dry friction. Chapter 4 presents the basics of forensic mechanics and the aspects of motion. Chapter 5 discusses traffic accident dynamics, such as the basic skid-speed equation, acceleration, momentum, and evasive action. Chapter 6 presents the characteristics of vehicle fires, such as tank design, fuels, and techniques of investigation. Chapter 7 describes why motorcycles are fundamentally different from cars and the unique hazards of motorcycles. Truck accident reconstruction is discussed in chapter 8. The basics of pedestrian accidents are detailed in chapter 9. Chapter 10 presents information on motion perception limits in traffic accident reconstruction. Chapter 11 discusses the reconstruction, inspection, and causation of rollovers. Chapter 12 focuses on single vehicle loss of control accidents (LOC). Chapter 13 discusses the failure and performance of tires and rims. Chapter 14 presents the tools for mapping and measuring. Chapter 15 details photography, particularly the camera, lighting, reliability, and what to photograph in an accident investigation. Chapter 16 discusses failure analysis, including the engineering method, hypothesis, and safety hierarchy. Chapter 17 discusses slip and fall accidents. 56 figures, 12 tables, 21 references, index
Main Term(s): Forensic engineering; Traffic accidents
Index Term(s): Accident investigation; Expert witnesses; Forensic sciences; Highway traffic management; Photographic mapping; Technical assistance resources; Traffic accident management; Truck drivers
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