FORENSIC ENGINEERING AND VISUALIZATION

Neal Carter

Senior Engineer

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Neal Carter investigates, reconstructs, and researches vehicular accidents. He analyzes evidence, performs calculations using principles of physics, and uses computer simulation to analyze vehicle motion. Mr. Carter has investigated and reconstructed accidents involving passenger vehicles, commercial vehicles, roadside barriers, buses, mining equipment, all-terrain vehicles, electronic convenience vehicles, trains, motorcycles, bicycles, and pedestrians.

Mr. Carter holds a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Utah and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, with a Mechanical Specialty, from the Colorado School of Mines. He has completed the accident reconstruction certificate program through the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Colorado, and an accredited Traffic Accident Reconstructionist through the Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstruction (ACTAR).

Mr. Carter has extensive experience analyzing physical evidence related to vehicular crashes as well as modeling, analyzing, and reconstructing crashes with physics-based computer simulation, planar impact mechanics and damage analysis methods. He has expertise in collecting, preserving, and analyzing data from original equipment manufacturer and aftermarket Event Data Recorders (EDRs).

Mr. Carter has conducted testing involving driver perception, photogrammetric methods, vehicle dynamics and acceleration, visibility, on-vehicle data recorders, passenger vehicle braking, pedestrian impacts, and motorcycle dynamics and braking. Mr. Carter has authored publications based on his testing that have been published by the Society of Automotive Engineers’ (SAE) International Journal of Transportation Safety, in the SAE Technical Paper Series, in Collision: The International Compendium for Crash Research, and in Electric Energy. Topics covered in these articles include accuracy of witness distance estimates, vehicle damage analysis methods, the use of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) footage for reconstruction of physical evidence, vehicle deceleration rates, motorcycle crash causation, event data recorders, and video analysis.

Mr. Carter regularly publishes technical articles and reports related to vehicular accident reconstruction. These articles have been published in the SAE International Journal of Transportation Safety, in the SAE Technical Paper Series, in Collision – The International Compendium of Crash Research, and in Electric Energy. Topics covered in these articles include vehicle damage analysis methods, vehicle deceleration rate analysis, vehicle event data recorders, vehicle simulation, motorcycle crash causation, and video analysis. Mr. Carter’s current research topics include the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for accident reconstruction, motorcycle dynamics, low-speed collision reconstruction, video analysis of concussion-causing head impacts in professional football, and rollover crash analysis.


Featured Publications:
Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)
Collision: The International Compendium for Crash Research
Electric Energy

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