A pedestrian involved traffic collision is generally less fully understood than the “typical” car-to-car broadside intersection collision. For this reason, the analysis of the pedestrian involved collision is, in many respects, more complicated and demanding.
This paper addresses the typical sequence of events in a pedestrian involved collision and the movement of the vehicle and pedestrian body from pre-impact through the collision to their final points of rest.
Methods for the analysis of the pedestrian involved collision, including a review of several different techniques for calculating vehicle impact velocity are also presented. A comparison of crash test data to different forms of analysis is provided as a frame of reference for the reader in evaluating these methods.