Vehicle Accident Reconstruction
Vehicle Accident Reconstruction (VAR) is a branch of forensic science that focuses on answering the "what, where, and why?" of a vehicle collision. Most often, the main goal of a collision reconstruction is to determine where and how the vehicles collided, what speeds the vehicles were traveling before, during, and after impact, and whether the drivers could have avoided the collision.
Envista's VAR experts have conducted thousands of investigations on low- and high-speed collisions involving all types of vehicles, involving passenger cars and pickup trucks, motorcycles, bicycles, heavy vehicles (e.g. buses, tractor-trailers), off-road vehicles, pedestrians, animals, and tire failures.
Envista Forensics' experts follow an in-depth scientific approach to analyze vehicle collisions accurately and efficiently. Our clients, including insurers, legal counsel, vehicle and tire manufacturers, fleet owners, and large industrial companies trust us to provide the information and answers they need in response to a vehicle collision.
Our analyses and investigations include:
- Retrieval and analysis of Event Data Recorders (EDRs) / black box data from passenger cars, light trucks, and heavy vehicles
- Computer analysis, including collision simulations and animations
- Human factors considerations and collision likelihood
- Vehicle dynamics and controllability
- Roadway factors (e.g. slope, curves, construction, ditch interaction)
- Seatbelt and airbag effectiveness (including child seats)
- Tire, brake, and wheel failure analysis
- Finding the cause of mechanical failures
- Full-scale crash testing as required