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Investigation of Road Traffic Fatalities

An Atlas, 1st Edition

By Jay Dix

CRC Press

122 pages

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The screech of rubber against asphalt. And then the crash: a violent two-car collision resulting in a twisted mass of metal, plastic, and glass-and worse, the deaths of both drivers.

Accident reconstruction is but one phase of road traffic fatality (RTF) cases. Even as police officers draw their last diagram, interview their last witness, and reconstruct their final scenario, a different team of investigators works diligently on solving another puzzle: determining how the victims actually died.

Investigation of Road Traffic Fatalities: An Atlas covers the issues that face medical examiners and coroners in determining the nature and extent of RTF injuries as well as the cause, manner, and circumstances of death. Also ideal for medicolegal death investigators and law enforcement personnel who work with medical examiners and coroners during RTF investigations, this Atlas covers everything from "Typical road traffic fatality injuries" to "Injuries caused by safety/restraint devices" and "Autopsy and toxicology testing."

For anyone involved in RTF probes, Investigation of Road Traffic Fatalities: An Atlas is essential reading.


"…these volumes are appropriate for the target readership of death investigators, law enforcement officers, and attorneys…Physicians-in-training, in such specialties as Pathology, Emergency Medicine, and Surgery would benefit from careful reading of these books…I anticipate that the remaining volumes in this series will prove equally useful."

--Laurence R. Simson, Jr., MD,

Forensic Pathologist, Journal of Forensic Sciences

Table of Contents


Cause, Manner, and Circumstances of Death

RTF Investigation vs. RTF Reconstruction

Jurisdictional and Statutory Considerations

Who Usually Does What?

Basic Events

General Classifications of RTFs

Common Questions to be Answered During RTF Investigations

Injuries Caused by Safety/Restraint Devices

Basic Injury Mechanisms

Common but Critical Investigative Mistakes

Factors that Raise Suspicion for Suicide

Typical Road Traffic Fatality Injuries

Artifactual Injuries

Preparing to Investigate

Initial Procedures at the Scene

Primary Investigative Tasks

Overall Goals of the Investigation

The Autopsy and Toxicology Testing


About the Series

Cause of Death Atlas Series

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Forensic Science