The accurate reconstruction of vehicle collisions is essential for the understanding of many forensic cases we analyze. The engineers with Quality Forensic Engineering, LLC have extensive experience in vehicular crash testing and specialized training in automobile collision reconstruction. This experience, along with computer simulation tools, allow us to accurately reconstruct collisions and convey the results to clients and juries.
TRACTOR / TRAILER COLLISIONS
BLACK BOX ANALYSIS
Tractor Trailer Electronic Control Modules (ECM)
ECMs are devices on larger commercial vehicle engines that help control and monitor engine functions. One of the benefits of these systems is they can store information related to accident reconstruction when collisions occur. While some manufacturers have minimal information, others have a treasure trove of detail that is truly invaluable to your case. Available information varies between the manufacturers, model, and year, so it’s important to know the various system capabilities. As with the black boxes on passenger vehicles, ECMs may have important evidence for your case so call Quality Forensic Engineering, LLC to help retrieve and/or interpret that evidence.
Global Positioning Systems (GPS)
GPS’s have been around for some time now, and it’s becoming very common for vehicles to have these systems both as original and aftermarket equipment. Many of these systems store information on them as they are programmed to store a “bread-crumb” trail which includes time stamped speed and location information. Though the resolution on these systems is not nearly as detailed as other black box systems on tractor trailers and automobiles, the time stamped speed and location can be critical in some cases. Always check to see if any of these systems are on vehicles from your cases and remember to call Quality Forensic Engineering, LLC to help you analyze and retrieve this excellent source of evidence.
Digital Video Systems
Many new technologies, such as digital video systems, provide additional useful data which can be analyzed by forensic engineers. These systems are typically aftermarket devices that are added to both private and commercial vehicles. Different systems store various information that can include multiple video views, speed, brake usage, accelerometers, GPS information, and more. If pictures are worth a thousand words, how valuable is video from the vehicle in your case? For more information and assistance with these types of systems, remember to call Quality Forensic Engineering, LLC to help you to analyze and retrieve this excellent source of evidence.
PRODUCT FAILURE ANALYSIS
The engineers at Quality Forensic Engineering, LLC have educational backgrounds in mechanical, civil, and industrial engineering. This education, combined with years of design experience, give us a unique perspective in the evaluation of incidents which may be related to the design of a product. This experience ranges from the development and crash testing of roadside safety appurtenances to the design and at-sea testing of large material handling systems.