Every year, a large number of vulnerable road users (VRU’s) are killed in road traffic collisions, with a vast number seriously injured. In 2020, VRU’s accounted for 53% of all fatalities on UK roads, with pedestrians making up the largest proportion of this number at 24%. In pedestrian collisions, the most serious head injuries are often caused by the hard structures under the bonnet panel, the lower edge of the windscreen, and the A-pillars. Vehicle manufacturers have developed various technologies to attempt to avoid collisions with VRU’s such as AEB pedestrian detection systems, which automatically apply emergency braking when they detect the presence of a pedestrian ahead of the vehicle.
Video analysis is becoming an ever more important part of many investigations and there are a variety of different analysis methods and techniques that can be used. In this article we outline some of the potential ways to calculate distances travelled, as well as how we decide which analysis method to use, and why the time taken to analyse footage can seem to vary widely.
We were originally planning for this to be a 2-part series but there is so much to write about that we have extended it to 3! In this article, we look at TRL’s research into biomechanics over the years and how we’ve contributed to its development.
Read Part 1 of our History of Biomechanics series by Dr Ana Barbir, outlining the developments in this science all the way back from the Ancient Greeks through to the first computer simulations in the 1960s & 70s. Part 2 will follow in the new year to bring us up to the present day and will include more details of TRL’s input to this discipline over the years.
Most drivers are aware of the need to keep their vehicle in a roadworthy condition, renew insurance, keep up with vehicle maintenance and so on, but many overlook the importance of securing a load attached to the vehicle. In England each year, there are over 22,000 road related incidents involving load security on our motorways alone, with many more going unreported. Read our article on the common misconceptions around this topic here.
With over 20,000 vehicle-related fires every year across the UK, fire investigation experts are routinely instructed to determine their cause, through the careful analysis and scrutiny of fire-damaged vehicles. Read more on how our experts analyse the available evidence to investigate vehicle fires here.
Back in March 2021 we wrote about the technical work we did for a case in which there was a fatal incident at a velodrome. The solicitors acting for the claimant have also now written up their own account of the same case here. It’s fascinating to read the two side by side. Our technical…
In sending new enquiries to TRL, we understand that you might not always have all the information at an early stage. However, there are steps you can take to help us to assign the most appropriate expert, ensure you receive the most accurate estimate for the work required, and ultimately provide you with the best investigation.
For any given vehicle travelling on a curve, there is a sideways acceleration threshold above which it is prone to roll over. The sideways acceleration it experiences is determined by its speed and the curvature and the camber or crossfall of the curve…
This case study relates to a fatal incident which took place at an indoor velodrome, where TRL’s investigation covered multiple technical areas including grip testing, environmental testing for dirt and debris, CCTV analysis and accident reconstruction.
Consultants from TRL’s Expert Witness and Investigations Group have been supporting the work of Global Fleet Champions in promoting fleet safety Global Fleet Champions is a not-for-profit, global partnership campaign led by Brake, the road safety charity. Its aim is to prevent crashes and reduce pollution caused by vehicles used for work purposes, which aligns…
Last week TRL’s Mike Pittman and Dean Beaumont were invited to present on the future of transport at the 11th Annual CoPart Advisory Board at the Four Seasons hotel in Hampshire. Mike took to the stage first, updating the audience on TRL projects such as: MOVE_UK, focused on advancing efficient data collection for Automated…
UK and EU laws governing the accessibility of vehicle Event Data Recorder (EDR) evidence must be changed to improve safety, reduce costs, speed up legal proceedings and save lives.
Our Expert Witness team attended the Institute of Traffic Accident Investigators (ITAI) annual Crash Test and Research Day last month at the Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground in Leicestershire.
FROM THE ARCHIVES The following article appeared in a TRL Newsletter in June 1999, but remains just as topical today with more and more people using fleet vehicles. Managing risk with “Black Box” technology TRL’s accident prevention and risk management work is not just limited to providing expert safety advice to those in the…
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A medical episode resulted in a high profile traffic accident and our independent collision investigators were requested to consider several aspects of the case.
A medical episode resulted in a road collision of two vehicles. Our independent collision investigators demonstrate how this can be corroborated and proven in court.
The number of pedestrians and cyclists killed or seriously injured in collisions with Large Goods Vehicles is disproportionate to those involving other types of vehicles.
With more than a quarter of all road traffic collisions involving people driving for work, it’s important for companies to be aware of the accident investigation process and preventions measures.
Our very own Dr Richard Lambourn has been a long supporter of SAE for decades. Having recently attended the World Congress Experience, he shares his learnings on this insightful conference.
TRL conducted a series of motorcycle helmet roll-off tests several years ago to determine which factors are likely to be causative of helmet loss through roll-off in a collision. Further research is being undertaken to provide a better form of advice to prospective helmet users to reduce the potential for helmet roll-off.
CCTV systems can provide invaluable evidence in relation to the speed, movement and reactions of the parties involved in a collision or incident and our experts are highly experienced in analysing footage from a variety of different sources. This Workshop was an opportunity to share experiences with colleagues in the industry and to learn about new developments in this field.