Published Online: 1 July 1985
Page Count: 8
Assistant to Dean, School of Engineering and Architecture, The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC
President, Chi Associates, Inc., Arlington, VA
(Received 5 December 1983; accepted 22 October 1984)
Using engineering principles including laws of conservation of energy and momentum, automobile accidents involving two or more cars can be reconstructed. The information obtained in a field investigation and the police report is used as input to a microcomputer. Execution of a program developed specifically for such purposes yields a sequence of events that must have taken place resulting in the accident. The program employs the post-impact information and pre-impact headings of the vehicles to determine the pre-impact velocities of the cars. Computer-aided investigation is of paramount interest to law enforcement agencies, insurance companies, and trial lawyers.
Paper ID: JFS11014J