This case involved a collision between a tractor trailer and a motorcycle. The tractor trailer swerved from the far right lane to the far left lane to avoid a slow moving vehicle. The tractor impacted a motorcycle in the far left lane, severely injuring the rider. Kineticorp was asked to reconstruct the accident to determine the speeds and the impact configuration of the tractor trailer and motorcycle.
There were two specific questions our team needed to answer in this case. When did the tractor trailer driver react to the slow moving vehicle? And, had the tractor trailer driver reacted sooner, could he have avoided impacting the motorcycle and rider? Accident Reconstructionist Nathan Rose determined the speed of the tractor trailer by matching physical evidence with data from the event data recorder on the tractor trailer. That information was used to simulate the accident within PC-Crash, a physics based simulation software used for accident reconstruction. Another simulation was developed to demonstrate an alternate scenario in which the tractor trailer driver reacted a 1.5 seconds sooner. Forensic Animator Tomas Owens took the simulations and developed physics based animations from different key perspectives.
The investigation allowed us to create an accurate representation of the accident from several points of view. This allowed Nathan Rose to testify in deposition and explain this accident in a clear, meaningful manner. The case ultimately resulted in a fair settlement.