1991-02-01

Computer Accident Simulation - Pretty Pictures and the Real World 910368

A Computer Accident Simulation (CAS) is the application of dynamics to known physical evidence to yield a best approximation of the interactions of vehicles and other objects during the real world accident scenario. The simulation is based upon the reconstruction after an engineer's examination of the vehicles involved, the roadway (i.e., skid marks and gouges), and any substantiated evidence from witnesses. Examples of various cases are presented to illustrate the engineer's accident reconstruction and how the reconstruction is used to establish the computer simulation. The cases are used to explain the accuracy, features, advantages, and disadvantages of developing a computer accident simulation. During the interaction of the engineer and the graphics specialist, extra information such as witness viewpoint needs to be attained to make the computer simulation. This results in a greater awareness of the individuals involved, a better prepared case, and a very informative and concise courtroom presentation. The extra preparation makes it possible for the judge and jury to view a very representational visual simulation of the engineer's analysis.

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