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What to Expect from a Motorcycle Crash Reconstruction with Kilpatrick Forensics, PA

Posted on: December 7th, 2016 by admin No Comments

Kilpatrick Forensics, PA in North Carolina can perform motorcycle crash reconstruction services throughout the United States. Our owner, Gary E. Kilpatrick, has been an avid motorcyclist since 1969 and has obtained advanced motorcyclist training through the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF). He is also a member of the American Motorcyclist Association, and the Harley Owners Group (HOG). He is uniquely qualified to perform motorcycle crash reconstructions. In fact, many of our staff are avid motorcycle enthusiasts and are familiar with the a motorcycles capabilities and limitations. Very few if any of our competitors have the intimate personal knowledge of motorcycles that we do.

Kilpatrick Forensics, PA can provide a thorough motorcycle crash reconstruction for you. Motorcycle crash reconstruction is similar in some ways to other types of vehicular crash reconstructions. It relies on the same basic principles of conservation of energy and momentum as other crash reconstructions. However, we are expertly and uniquely qualified to add in the specifics of motorcycle dynamics and rider control to our motorcycle crash reconstructions. Proper reconstruction of a motorcycle crash requires detailed knowledge of motorcycle dynamics with knowledge of how motorcycles react to rider input.

Our motorcycle crash reconstructions follow a reverse chronological order of events, working from the point of rest of the motorcycle and/or rider backwards to a point in time before the start of the crash sequence to when possible actions could have prevented the crash. We will give you a detailed account of what actually occurred as well as what alternatives were possible.

Motorcycle crash reconstruction requires knowledge of the 5 phases of the crash itself.

1) Perception – reaction. This is the phase where the rider perceives a hazard and decides on a response. Perception/reaction time is estimated at 1.1 to 1.5 seconds.

2) Avoidance – steering/braking. During this second phase, the rider typically engages in some type of an avoidance tactic like using the steering or the braking mechanisms on the motorcycle. Steering not only includes the use of the handlebars, but also body positioning and body lean. For braking the rider can use the front brake, the rear brake, or a combination of the two. Physical evidence at the scene combined with statements from witnesses can give clues as to what type of avoidance occurred.

3) Pre-Impact Sliding. During avoidance, riders may over steer or lock up the motorcycle brakes. Our motorcycle crash reconstruction will determine if the front wheel locked up during the crash. If so, the rider will almost certainly lose control and crash. If the rider loses control and crashes while braking, the motorcycle and rider usually separate and slide in the same trajectory they were moving in before the crash.

4) Impact. The motorcycle and/or the rider may collide with other objects like a vehicle, curbing, landscaping, or a guardrail. Damage caused by impact can be evaluated and combined with sliding distance to help determine the motorcycle’s speed during the crash sequence. This is a very important part of the motorcycle crash reconstruction.

5) Post-Impact Motion. After impact, additional movement to the point of final rest can occur. The rider frequently separates from the motorcycle and travels independently to the final point of rest. Analysis of post-impact travel distance can also determine speeds associated with the crash.

Not only do we thoroughly investigate these five points during our motorcycle crash reconstruction analysis, we provide the following services for you related to motorcycle crash reconstruction. They include, but are not limited to:

• Pre-impact and Post-impact Velocities,

• Delta-V Calculations,

• Vehicle Principle Direction of Force (PDOF) Calculations,

• Vehicle Energy Calculations,

• Acceleration, Distance, Time Calculations,

• Vehicle Falls, Flips, and Vault Airborne Calculations,

• Vehicle Trajectory,

• Cause Analysis,

• Human Factors,

• Motorcycle Safety,

• And much, much, more.

For more information on Kilpatrick Forensics, PA motorcycle crash reconstruction services, please call our office at (336) 841-6354 or visit our website at