Introduction to Forensic Engineering and Accident Reconstruction
The purpose of this chapter is to provide a brief introduction to, and general overview of, the field of forensic engineering and accident reconstruction. Forensic engineering is defined as the application of engineering principles to the purposes of the law. Qualified forensic engineers are individuals formally educated in one, or more, engineering disciplines that utilize their knowledge and skills to rigorously analyze engineering issues of interest that can arise in both civil and criminal litigation matters.
Examples and illustrations taken from the field of vehicular accident reconstruction are given in the chapter. Although this chapter focuses primarily on the area of automobile accident reconstruction, the scientific principles and engineering methodologies presented are generally applicable to other areas of forensic engineering investigation and analysis.
KeyWordsAccident Reconstruction Critical Speed Delta-V D-Ring Forensic Engineering Hot Shock Linear Momentum Point Of Impact Occupant Kinematics Seat Belt Product Liability
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