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Vehicular Accident Investigation and Reconstruction

1st Edition

By Donald J Van Kirk

CRC Press

512 pages

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Accident investigation/reconstruction is more than just a job or even a profession; it is more art than science and requires a dedication greater than a commitment of time. It takes constant reading, study, and analysis of accident information and case reconstructions to keep improving your performance, both in the field and in the courtroom.

Vehicular Accident Investigation and Reconstruction concentrates on the development of the skills, education, and information needed for an accident investigation and reconstruction, including the necessary tools, some of the pitfalls facing the investigator/reconstructionist and the latest advances and techniques in the field.

The book is divided into four sections:

Section 1 -- Describes the need for proper accident investigation, the specialized tools, education, and the necessary mindset

Section 2 -- Deals with reconstruction, which requires deductive reasoning, logic, physics, engineering, and a general knowledge of the accident subject

Section 3 -- Discusses occupant kinematics or body movement and reaction to external forces, including human anatomy, physiology, human tolerance to impact, and occupant reactions to various types of impacts

Section 4 -- Discusses latest techniques for investigation and reconstruction, citing examples such as electronic scene mapping, computer animation, computer accident simulation, and the use of the computer in the courtroom.


"This is an essential text for any attorney involved in personal injury litigation. Mr. Van Kirk has used his considerable experience to organize and present highly technical information in a manner that is extremely useful."

- Geoffrey N. Fieger, Attorney and Counselor at Law, Fieger, Fieger, Schwartz & Kenney, P.C., Southfield, Michigan

Table of Contents

Why Investigate Accidents?

Where do I Start?

Tools and Special Equipment for the Investigator

Scene Investigation

Vehicle Exteriors

Vehicle Interiors

Restraining Systems

Vehicle and Occupant Investigation Forms

Occupant Kinematics

Accident Reconstruction

Severity Indices

Motorcycle Accidents

Pedestrian Accidents

Surrogates, Animation, and Computer Simulations in Preparing Exhibits

Mathematical Analysis

Sources of Information

Depositions and Courtroom Appearances

Unusual Case Histories



Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Forensic Science