Auto vs. Pedestrian Crash Consultation


Whether you have experienced a crash yourself or are employed by a firm specifically interested in the cause of a crash, you are aware of the intricacies involved. A comprehensive understanding of the collision events involving an auto-pedestrian impact can mean the difference between winning and losing a case. To achieve this complete understanding, the right information needs to be gathered as soon as possible following a crash by an expert. This information includes physical evidence, such as photographs, measurements of tire marks, vehicle damage, rest positions, blood stains, and other debris, the traffic collision report, detailed medical records of the pedestrian’s injuries, and statements from all involved parties and witnesses. Combining this evidence with some sound science can yield the insights you need to prove causation.

Generally, three distinct phases occur during an auto-pedestrian collision.

  • The first phase is the initial impact, during which, for example, the pedestrian could wrap around the front end of the vehicle and is carried by the vehicle.
  • The second phase is the trajectory, when the pedestrian may separate from the vehicle and is thwarted forward.
  • The third phase is the ground contact, which may involve a combination of rolling, tumbling and/or sliding on the ground until the pedestrian comes to rest.

The distance from the point of initial impact to the final rest position of the pedestrian is defined as the total pedestrian throw distance. Not surprisingly, throw distances generally rise with increasing impact speed.

Pedestrian collision litigation cases often consist of the location of the initial impact, the speed of the vehicle at impact, the speed and orientation of the pedestrian relative to the vehicle at impact, and whether the crash could have been avoided. Physical evidence gathered at the scene of the crash can help resolve these issues and so could recreation.

A large number of factors are taken into consideration when recreating a crash. For example, if a pedestrian is injured, walking speed and the impact of vehicle speed will be analyzed. If the vehicle has been speeding, it is possible to place fault on the driver.

Crash reconstruction is never an easy thing to be done. During the crash reconstruction process, appropriate and accurate evidence needs to be gathered. Then the available evidence should be analyzed based on the theories of engineering and physics. After the analysis, it will be possible to recreate the crash to determine how the entire series of events took place.

The complexity of an auto-pedestrian incident can sometimes be challenging. However, litigation cases involving auto-pedestrian collisions can be accurately reconstructed if the right information is analyzed, the right evidence is collected and preserved, and the right expert is acquired.