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October 2017 Archives

Accident reconstruction, black boxes help police understand crash

Traffic accidents can occur in the blink of an eye. The task of understanding how and why an accident occurred often requires the technical sophistication of forensic experts and event data recorders. This blog recently explained the techniques of accident reconstruction used by Virginia law enforcement officers, and the conclusion of a recent accident investigation provides a useful example of how the two techniques were used to understand the sequence of events in a deadly truck accident.

Driver killed attempting to pass slow-moving big rig

Slow-moving semi-trucks can try a driver's patience, especially on Virginia's curvy rural highways. Car drivers are often tempted to pass a big rig even when road conditions and road markings dictate prudence. A recent car accident near Purcellville demonstrates how a moment of bad judgment can create a tragic accident.

What is accident reconstruction?

Traffic accidents usually happen in a few seconds. As a result, people in the colliding vehicles do not accurately perceive what is happening. For the same reasons, witnesses' accounts can be unreliable. Many media accounts of car accidents end with the statement that police are continuing their investigation. What, exactly, are they investigating?

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