Using video enhancement to reveal critical clues in ‘fail to stop’ collisions

The unexpected can always happen; imagine driving along a road when a vehicle ahead brakes sharply without reason. Hopefully you are able to brake in time to prevent a collision from occurring. For a driver in a recent case dealt with by TRL, this was the exact scenario they faced. Unfortunately, the driver was driving…

When is EDR data useful?

Seatbelt determination EDR data can assist with cases where it is important to determine if a seatbelt was being worn at the time of a collision. Historically, this type of investigation involves a physical examination of the seatbelt to identify the presence of the tell-tale signs of seatbelt wear, or to help a biomechanics investigation…

An airbag has exploded inside a car on the drivers' side

Event Data Recorders

by Victoria Eyers What is an Event Data Recorder (EDR)? An EDR is a function of a vehicle’s Airbag Control Module (ACM), which is otherwise known as the Restraint Control Module (RCM). The ACM constantly receives data from various sensors around the car. This allows the module to decide whether the vehicle is experiencing an…

Motorsports and leisure sports incidents

Beyond the glitz of Formula One, many thousands of motorsports enthusiasts participate in events around the country every year in a wide variety of disciplines; be it on two, three or four wheels. Sadly the well-known phrase “Motor Racing can be Dangerous” becomes a reality for some participants, officials, and spectators. It is important that…

close up of horses hooves running on asphalt

Equine collision investigation

Victoria Eyers describes an investigation into a road traffic collision involving horses. In 2015, on the A3 in Surrey, a multi-stage, multi-vehicle collision occurred involving two escaped horses and resulting in fatal injuries to both animals. The passenger of a minicab involved in the collision also received catastrophic injuries. TRL’s expert Victoria Eyers was instructed…

E-Scooter collisions: understanding performance factors

Recent years have seen an enormous proliferation in the use of electric scooters (e-scooters) on UK roads. Whilst in some geographic areas these have been monitored and controlled as part of designated trials, there has also been widespread unregulated use. With this increase, both as part of public hire schemes and of privately owned devices,…