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We Know Vehicle Crash Reconstruction

Posted on: October 2nd, 2016 by admin No Comments

Since 2003, Gary E. Kilpatrick, PE, DFE at Kilpatrick Forensics has been a service provider of motor vehicle crash reconstruction to our legal and insurance clients. Mr. Kilpatrick is a board certified forensic engineer by the National Academy of Forensic Engineers. He has extensive education, training, experience and certifications in vehicle crash reconstruction through North Carolina State University and Northwestern University’s Center For Public Safety. Mr. Kilpatrick is also a regional instructor for Northwestern University’s Center For Public Safety in motor vehicle crash reconstruction. He travels throughout the United States to investigate motor vehicle crashes, product defect and failure claims resulting in personal injury or wrongful death.

A motor vehicle crash reconstruction is the scientific process of investigating, analyzing and drawing conclusions about the causes and events surrounding a vehicle collision. We conduct in‑depth vehicle collision analyses to identify the cause of the collision and contributing factors such as the role(s) of the driver, vehicle(s), roadway and environment. The laws of physics and engineering principles are the basis for the analysis. Vehicle crash reconstruction provides vigorous analysis which an expert witness can present at trial. We will study weather and highway conditions to determine all of the contributing factors to the crash. Vehicle crash reconstruction can also be useful in developing recommendations for making roads and highways safer as well as improving the safety of motor vehicle design.

At Kilpatrick Forensics, we perform traffic crash reconstructions, ATV accident reconstructions, ROV accident reconstructions, motorcycle crash reconstructions, and tractor trailer crash reconstructions.

We provide a detailed and thorough investigation and analysis of motor vehicle crashes. Our engineers investigate crashes involving cars, light trucks, motorcycles, ATVs/ROVs and commercial heavy trucks. We participate in vehicle crash testing for research by attending the largest motor vehicle crash conference in the world. The purpose is to provide live real‑time motor vehicle crashes to observe how each vehicle responds dynamically and to observe pedestrian and occupant dynamics. Our engineers observe how motor vehicles, occupants and pedestrians actually respond to high and low speed crashes. It gives us great insight into an actual vehicle crash reconstruction.

ATV Accident Reconstruction

In 1990, the Specialty Vehicle Institute of America (SVIA) with the assistance of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) published the first standards for ATVs. In 2001, 2007, and 2010, they updated these standards. An All‑Terrain Vehicle (ATV) is any motorized, off‑highway vehicle 50 inches or less in overall width with an unladen dry weight of 600 pounds or less. It is designed to drive on four, low‑pressure tires. The seat is designed to be straddled by the operator and there are handlebars for steering control. It’s intended for single occupant usage only. ATVs are subdivided in four categories. Our owner is an ATV enthusiast and knows very well how they function.

In 2008, the Recreational Off‑Highway Vehicle Association (ROHVA) with the assistance of ANSI began writing standards for Recreational Off‑Highway Vehicles (ROVs). The standard was completed and published in 2010. We follow the standards when performing an ROV accident reconstruction. For those of you who don’t know, an ROV is a motorized, off‑highway vehicle designed to travel on four tires. It’s intended for recreational usage and can have more than one passenger. When there’s an ROV accident, we can reconstruct it for you and help you decide what actually went wrong.

Motorcycle Accident Reconstruction

At Kilpatrick Forensics, our engineers love to ride motorcycles. We provide motorcycle crash reconstruction with a full knowledge of how these machines handle and their maneuvering characteristics. We will give you detailed information pertaining to the characteristics of a collision between a motorcycle and another motor vehicle or object. Motorcycles have different classifications and we are well versed in all of them.

Tractor Trailer Reconstruction

Tractor trailers are more complex vehicles than a passenger car or light truck, and crashes involving tractor trailer trucks are more complex than other vehicle crashes. We have the knowledge to determine if something went wrong with the road tractor and/or the trailer before the accident and how the crash materialized. We do a full and complete forensic style DOT inspection of both vehicles. We study weather and highway conditions to determine all of the contributing factor to the crash.

We work hard and will leave no stone unturned to bring you a thorough and complete vehicle crash reconstruction. If you need a vehicle accident reconstruction, call us today at our office at 336‑841‑6354.