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Types of Cases : Accident Reconstruction | Biomechanics of Accidents | Forensic Engineering

Accident Reconstruction

Automotive and Non-Automotive

ACCIDENT RECONSTRUCTION is the task of determining how an accident occurred. In the case of automotive accidents, it bases its analysis on information about the vehicles and about the scene of the accident. An accident reconstructionist must have a thorough knowledge of physics, especially mechanics. The accident reconstruction provides essential information to the biomechanical analysis, such as speeds, changes in speed, directions of force.

The types of accident reconstruction cases that we handle are:

Vehicular Accidents
Low speed or high speed accidents
Auto, truck, big rigs, buses, motorcycles, bicycles, SUVs

Slip and Fall Accidents
Public areas

Recreational and Sports Accidents
Amusement park
Water sports
Gym equipment


Biomechanics of Accidents

Automotive and Non-Automotive

BIOMECHANICS OF ACCIDENTS, or bodily injury reconstruction, is the biomechanical analysis of accidental injury. An expert in biomechanics analyzes the accident and the resulting injuries in order to determine injury causation. In the context of accidents, biomechanics applies the laws of physics and the principles of mechanical engineering to determine the forces acting upon a body, and the forces’ effects upon the body as a result of trauma.

Bodily injury reconstruction obtains essential information from the accident reconstruction. The accident reconstruction precedes the biomechanical analysis. A biomechanical specialist must have a thorough knowledge of physics, the mechanics of materials and the anatomy of the human body.

In our practice, we investigate injury causation issues which occur as a result of automotive and non- automotive accidents. The types of accidents that we deal with are those mentioned above in the accident reconstruction section, except that here we deal with the biomechanical issues of the accidents. In a given case, we may be asked to address accident reconstruction issues, biomechanical issues, or both.

Typical biomechanical issues addressed are:

Automotive and Non-automotive accidents
Bone and soft tissue injuries
Head and neck injuries
Back and vertebral column injuries, including disc herniations
Upper and lower extremities injuries
Rotator cuff and knee injuries

Forensic Engineering

Here we define FORENSIC ENGINEERING as the branch of engineering that is dedicated to determining why and how a machine or mechanical equipment failed. Did the failure occur because of an operator error, due to a maintenance issue or on account of a design defect? An expert in Forensic Mechanical Engineering must be a highly trained and experienced mechanical engineer.

The types of mechanical engineering cases that we handle are:

Industrial and Occupational Accidents
Rotary machinery
Punch presses
Conveyor belts
Machine guards
Other industrial equipment

Household, recreational and sports accidents
Garage doors
Sports devices
Gym equipment

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