Our services include the following:
We will examine all types of road vehicle and plant and are experienced in identifying, measuring and photographing forensic evidence, contributory mechanical defects and areas of damage compatible with the collision circumstances. If required, we can source and measure similar sample vehicles for damage height comparison purposes. Our vehicle examination reports are impartial, clearly written and avoid the use of technical jargon.
In incidents involving large goods vehicles, the most reliable evidence of vehicle speed, time and the distance travelled is recorded either on an analogue tachograph chart or, in the case of digital tachograph systems, encrypted in the instruments memory. We can analyse both types of data to accurately establish vehicle speed and movement in the seconds before a collision occurred.
When a vehicle fitted with a digital tachograph has been involved in a collision it is crucial that operator downloads the 1 Hz and 4 Hz detailed speed data as soon as possible after the incident occurs and before it is overwritten. We can analyse this information to accurately establish vehicle movements and collision speeds.
CCTV and dashboard camera footage analysis.
The recent proliferation in the use of public and private CCTV camera systems and the rapid rise in the use of affordable dashboard cameras mean, that video footage of an incident or collision is frequently available. Although at first viewing the footage may appear damning, there a number of factors that should be considered to establish if a drivers reactions were reasonable.
We are experienced in analysing CCTV and dashboard camera footage and considering driver and other road user actions, environmental factors, road layout, potential visibility and reaction times.
Incident Data Recorders
Many vehicles are now fitted with Incident Data Recorders either as a requirement of an insurance policy or as a fleet management tool. We are experienced in interpreting the data from these devices to give an accurate overview of vehicle speeds, location and in some cases, manner of driving.
Fuel issue and usage Data
Where there are doubts about the amount of company fuel used against the mileage recorded, we can analyse fuel usage, receipts and expected vehicle performance to identify whether the cause is theft, fraud, the manner in which the vehicle is driven or the fuel issue recording system.
GPS and Sat Nav Data
Where GPS or satellite navigation device data is available, we can review and accurately plot vehicle movements against time.