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Biomechanical Engineering and Reconstruction

Some cases require a detailed analysis of the intricate interplay between human and mechanical elements. Crashteams’ biomechanical engineer can establish the severity of the crash and decipher if forces in the collision were significant enough to result in injuries as claimed.

What is Biomechanics?

Biomechanics is the application of mechanical principles to living organisms.

In the context of crash reconstruction, biomechanical analyses can allow a more detailed understanding of the forces as they act upon the human body, given the understanding of the overall inter-vehicle forces at play. For example, a common issue is whether or not the forces generated by a vehicle collision are of sufficient magnitude to precipitate an injury to an occupant. A biomechanical analysis will reveal the level of forces as they act upon the body, and more specifically, the injured human body component.

For example, a biomechanical analysis can reveal whether or not a pedestrian might have sustained lesser injuries had the striking vehicle been travelling at a lower velocity. To complete that type of analysis our experts understand the limitations of the human body at a musculoskeletal level, and compare those thresholds to the assessed forces in the actual collision.

In most cases, our local Crashteams experts will assess the crash dynamics and pass that important foundation information to the chosen biomechanical expert. This is a great saving in terms of professional fees, as the biomechanical expert may not have to travel.

Crashteams biomechanical experts can help you to understand how injuries occurred as a result of any physical event, and provide solid testimony to support our findings.

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CT GlobeCommon issues we deal with include:

  • Low speed impact analyses
    – detailed determination of the likelihood of injury
  • Seatbelt and airbag usage analyses
    – determination of the usefulness given crash force levels
  • Spinal injuries
    – determination of the likelihood of serious injuries occurring in crash scenarious vs possibility of existing injuries
  • Head injuries
    – determination of the impact forces in relation to sustained or claimed injuries

In all of these cases, the goal is to quantify the external forces, and then to understand how these forces can or perhaps cannot, cause the bodily injury. Our biomechanical experts use advanced physics procedures and proven software applications to calculate forces, as well as referencing relavent studies and publications. The specialized knowledge of the mechanical properties of the human musculoskeletal system allows our experts to then predict injury under specific circumstances and report on the likelihood of injury.

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What can Crashteams do for you?

We can provide solid reporting and testimony to allow you to fully understand the incident, as it relates to injury causation and give you the high level support you need in dealing with the opposing expert.

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Scene Surveys

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3D Animations

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Crash Simulation

Crashteams experts are qualified to use many different software applications to simulate the crash for the purposes of answering what-if scenarios and exposing errors in the hypotheses advanced by opposing experts.

Rebuttal Reports

You may send us reports from opposing experts and we will be able to tell you immediately if a rebuttal is useful and if so, we produce professional, objective commentaries.

Managed Services

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