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NCJ Number: 64351 Find in a Library
Title: TRAFFIC ACCIDENT INVESTIGATORS' HANDBOOK
Author(s): R W RIVERS
Corporate Author: Charles C. Thomas
United States of America
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 332
Sponsoring Agency: Charles C. Thomas
Springfield, IL 62704
Sale Source: Charles C. Thomas
2600 South First Street
Springfield, IL 62704
United States of America
Type: Training (Handbook/Manual)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THIS HANDBOOK IS DESIGNED TO MEET THE NEEDS OF TRAFFIC ACCIDENT INVESTIGATORS, PARTICULARLY POLICE OFFICERS, INSURANCE ADJUSTERS, AND LAWYERS, AS WELL AS OF STUDENTS IN ADVANCED PROGRAMS.
Abstract: DISCUSSION BEGINS WITH CLARIFICATION OF THE NEED FOR DETERMINING PRESCENE AND ONSCENE SERIES OF EVENTS, FOR CONDUCTING A THOROUGH INVESTIGATION AND PRESERVING EVIDENCE PROPERLY, AND FOR DIFFERENTIATING BETWEEN REAL ACCIDENTS AND FRAUDS STAGED TO OBTAIN INSURANCE MONEY OR COVER UP OTHER CRIMES. FORMULAS FOR CALCULATING REACTION DISTANCES, CONSTANTS, AND SQUARE ROOTS PROVIDE THE MATHEMATICAL TOOLS NECESSARY TO RECONSTRUCT THE ACCIDENT. STEP-BY-STEP PROCEDURES OF THE ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION PROCESS ARE OUTLINED COVERING THE PERIOD FROM THE ACCIDENT CALL TO THE ONSCENE INVESTIGATION AND COMPLETION OF THE ACCIDENT ANALYSIS. INVESTIGATION TECHNIQUES ARE DELINEATED, INCLUDING METHODS FOR EXAMINING VEHICLES FOR DEFECTIVE PARTS, THE ROADWAY FOR OBSTRUCTIONS AND PHYSICAL DEFECTS, AND INVOLVED DRIVERS AND PEDESTRIANS FOR ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRUG USE. BASIC PHYSICS IS EXPLAINED TO PROVIDE AN UNDERSTANDING OF VEHICLE MECHANICS AND DYNAMICS. ALSO, METHODS FOR DETERMINING THE PRECRASH PATH AND SPEED OF ACCIDENT VEHICLES ARE DESCRIBED TO INCLUDE EXAMINATION OF HIGHWAY MARKS, HIGHWAY FIXTURES, AND VEHICLE DEBRIS. FINALLY, PROCEDURES ARE OUTLINED FOR INVESTIGATING HIT-AND-RUN ACCIDENTS, USING PHOTOGRAPHS, AND DRAWING ACCURATE FIELD SKETCHES AND SCALE DIAGRAMS. CHARTS, GRAPHS, TABLES, ILLUSTRATIONS, REFERENCES, A BIBLIOGRAPHY, AND INDEX ARE PROVIDED. (AUTHOR ABSTRACT MODIFIED--PRG)
Index Term(s): Accident investigation; Hit and run; Reference materials; Traffic accidents
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