Author: R.W. Rivers

Publisher: Charles C Thomas Publisher

ISBN: 0398082537

Category: Traffic accident investigation

Page: 135

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This handbook is prepared for the daily, practical needs of those who are involved in traffic accident analysis, investigation, and reconstruction, whether they be in the training, police, private, or legal professions. It also meets international requirements in that all formulae and explanations are provided in both the English (U.S.) and metric (S.I.) measurement systems. In all cases, the two systems are dealt with separately so as to avoid any unnecessary confusion. Provided also are many tables and constants relating one system to the other so that those who may normally work under one system but use reference materials in the other will have a readily accessible means of making any necessary conversions. After an introductory chapter describes the various symbols used in traffic accident investigation and reconstruction, subsequent chapters include very comprehensive formulae required in problem-solving involving acceleration and acceleration factors; center of mass; drag factor and coefficient of friction; slide-to-stop speed; yaw, sideslip, or critical curve speeds; acceleration, distance and time calculations; momentum speed; combined speeds, and distance and time calculations. Additionally, there are various other formulae and mathematical, velocity, and conversion tables presented. All 160 formulae and their various uses are set out in a uniform, easy-to-read, and understandable format. Whether in law, law enforcement, or private or insurance investigation, this book provides traffic accident investigators and reconstructionists with the data they need to perform their job accurately and efficiently.


(2nd Ed.)

Author: R.W. Rivers

Publisher: Charles C Thomas Publisher

ISBN: 0398083576

Category: Traffic accident investigation

Page: 160

View: 454


This new second edition has been prepared to meet the everyday field requirements of traffic accident investigators and reconstructionists who have a responsibility to obtain and document measurements at traffic crash scenes as well as those who have the responsibility to prepare follow-up plans or scale drawings from such measurements. The manual explains in detail the various types of situations requiring measurements that can be encountered during the on-scene investigation. These are followed by a large variety of examples of how to take measurements and document them in an easily understood and appropriate manner. Examples are accompanied by solutions to problems and, in applicable circumstances, mathematical solutions are worked out in both the United States (Imperial) and metric (SI) measurement systems. The author conveys an authoritative understanding of triangulation, coordinate and grid measurements, angles, circles, curves, and includes horizontal and vertical measurements. The book is generously illustrated, and the appendices contain the United States to metric conversion tables, mathematical tables, and traffic accident investigation measurement record forms.

Technical Traffic Crash Investigators' Handbook

(level 3) : a Technical Reference, Training, Investigation and Reconstruction Manual

Author: R. W. Rivers,Robert W. Rivers

Publisher: Charles C Thomas Publisher

ISBN: 0398079080

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 473

View: 1691


Rev. ed. of: Technical traffic accident investigators' handbook.

Traffic Accident Investigators' Lamp Analysis Manual

Author: Rivers, R.W.,Hochgraf, Frederick G.

Publisher: Charles C Thomas Publisher

ISBN: 0398071349

Category: Social Science

Page: 86

View: 937


This manual has been designed to help traffic accident investigators and reconstructionists meet the high standard of performance and expertise necessary to determine vehicle lamp status for “on” and “off” conditions at the time of a vehicle collision. Each chapter provides clear definitions of and statements about the topics it contains, with graduated commentary arranged so as to present a natural development and understanding of the chapter subject matter. A number of working hypotheses using examples and photographs are provided to assist the examining technician or analyst in the interpretation of items of evidence that might be presented. The text discusses examining the vehicle for exhibits, the precautions that must be taken in collecting and preserving evidence, lamp identif-ication and analysis, hot and cold shock analysis, packaging and transferring exhibits to the forensic science laboratory, and the mistakes that are inherent in investigations and how to avoid them. In addition, the application of physics and vehicle behavior in relation to lamp damages is thoroughly discussed. The book has been written in a clear and concise style that is further enhanced by the liberal use of illustrations. It has been designed not only for use as a handy reference manual but also to be of assistance as a training manual for use in police training schools that include lamp examination as part of their curriculum. In addition, the text will be useful and practical for investigators, forensic technicians, attorneys, insurance investigators, and judges.

Basic Physics

Notes for Traffic Crash Investigators and Reconstructionists : an Introduction for Some, a Review for Others

Author: Robert W. Rivers

Publisher: Charles C Thomas Publisher

ISBN: 0398074828

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 124

View: 8098


The purpose of this book is to bring to the student an understanding of the basic physics involved not only in traffic crash investigation and reconstruction but also in crimes or other incidents where the movement of objects or persons is involved. The range of topics included are those considered to be fundamental and which best serve the purposes of illustrating the methods and procedures vital as an introduction to physics. Essentials of the subject as related to vehicle motion are stressed. The mathematics used is kept simple and in straightforward, easy-to-understand language. Comments and examples and a very comprehensive list of terms and definitions, supported by many illustrations and diagrams, are provided to give the reader a unified view of basic physics. All materials are prepared in both the English (U.S.) and metric (S.I.) systems. The text is intended to serve a need for investigators who possess a good knowledge and understanding of elementary algebra and trigonometry, and who have successfully completed at least an at-scene traffic crash investigation course and wish to further their knowledge towards competency in advanced traffic crash investigation and reconstruction.


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Category: American literature

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The Pocket Traffic Accident Reconstruction Guide

A Complete Traffic Accident Reference Handbook

Author: Timothy Staab

Publisher: Lawyers & Judges Publishing

ISBN: 9781933264561

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 52

View: 7434


As a traffic accident investigator or reconstructionist, you probably have the common speed and sliding formulas memorized. However, there likely are formulas out there that you haven't committed to memory. And, while it's not practical to carry around a large textbook to every accident scene, having some type of reference would make your job easier. That is why the Pocket Traffic Accident Reconstruction Guide was created.Timothy Stabb, the author, created the Pocket Traffic Accident Reconstruction Guide to be an easy to use reference for anyone investigating a traffic accident. The guide is a pocket-sized booklet containing over eighty equations to compute vehicle velocity/speeds, distance, time acceleration rates and more. Designed to fit in a shirt pocket, day planner or briefcase, this handy guide also contains a glossary of traffic collision terms, a list of helpful websites, a table of roadway friction coefficient values and a conversion multiplier.It contains equations for:Converting speed from MPH to FPS, Converting velocity from FPS to MPH, Airborne projectile motion, Center of gravity mass, Pedestrian impact, And many more.

Collision Investigation

For The Patrol Officer

Author: David Faulkner

Publisher: LawTech Publishing Group

ISBN: 1563252554

Category: Law

Page: 176

View: 9495


Already in wide use as a Basic Accident Investigation text, this book is packed with practical and proven methods for officers investigating and reporting traffic collisions. From on-scene arrival through measurement, skid mark analysis, photography and evaluation, techniques for every aspect of Collision Investigation are clearly explained. Mathematical formulas are explained in an easy-to-understand format.