A man died in a car crash on the Thomas Johnson Bridge last week, according to TheBayNet.com. On Mar. 30 around noon, the news outlet reports, police responded to the accident, which happened on Patuxent Beach Road in California, Md.
The two vehicles involved in the accident were in flames when police arrived, according to TheBayNet.
The accident involved a 2005 Mitsubishi Lancer and a Mack dump truck. At the wheel of the Lancer, 29-year-old Charles Patton Jr., of Callaway, crossed over to the wrong side of the road and struck the dump truck, which was loaded with asphalt and operated by 74-year-old Charles Neal of Waldorf.
Both vehicles ended up off the road. The dump truck overturned, pinning the Lancer in a roadside ditch. Patton was pronounced dead at the scene, while Neal was taken to a hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.
The police department’s Collision Reconstruction Unit immediately began trying to determine what had happened. As of Mar. 30, they observed that driver error appeared to be a factor.
It is in cases such as these, when the cause of an accident may not be quite clear, when an area’s collision reconstruction unit gets involved. According to Wikipedia, the members of such units collect information about an accident and analyze it, then draw conclusions about what occurred. Collision reconstructionists often get involved in an investigation in cases where someone is injured of killed. The results of their investigations can be brought up at trial. Investigators may create animations or diagrams to illustrate their findings for other experts or for the public.
They take into account all the observable factors in a situation, including driver behavior, the vehicles involved, and the environment.
Collision reconstructionists also must have knowledge of the principles of engineering and the laws of physics: how cars are built, how objects move in the world. The process of reimagining how an accident happened is very scientific. They create hypotheses and test them, using models and software simulations, among other tools. Technology has made a big contribution to the field of accident reconstruction, and findings can be used to help improve our roadways and help to make new roads safer.
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