Pedestrian impacts constitute a large part of the cases that are reconstructed by our experts. In most jurisdictions, the issues really boil down to establishing the potential of the incident for avoidance, by both driver and pedestrian.
In most cases, reconstruction professionals will conduct a scientific survey of the scene using forensic mapping instruments such as total stations or laser scanners.
Pedestrian collisions can be some of the most complicated and demanding collisions for crash reconstructionists. These types of incidents typically occur in urban areas where there is a mixture of motor vehicles, pedestrians and intersections. Evidence from these types of collisions can be subtle and their relation to how the collision occurred can be complex; therefore, pedestrian reconstruction requires experts who are trained specifically in pedestrian related collisions and have a grounded understanding of scene evidence as it relates to pedestrian collisions. Discovering the pre-impact positions of vehicle and pedestrian and determining the timing of the accident are crucial in a pedestrian investigation.
What opportunity did either party have to avoid the collision?
If either the driver or the pedestrian could go back in time and re-live the incident, what would they have done differently to avoid the accident? Generally, it relates to timing and visibility. However, it is almost always critical to establish the speeds of both at the moment of impact. Crash reconstruction professionals can do that!