Vehicle Accident Reconstruction
R9 Forensics has extensive experience in reconstructing and providing expert testimony associated with motor vehicle collisions involving multiple motor vehicles, pedestrians, bicycles, motorcycles, and commercial vehicles.
Following a collision, roadway evidence is short-lived. It is critical that the collision site is documented immediately. We have over twenty-five years of experience in collision scene analysis including identifying evidence, interpreting this critical evidence, and documenting the scene using specialized equipment.
We have the training, experience, and equipment to investigate collisions ranging from hit-while-parked claims to large-scale fatalities and use the latest technology to provide the most accurate results.
Event Data Recorders
Ninety-five percent of new passenger vehicles have an Event Data Recorder (EDR), also known as a ‘black box”. The EDR often contains crash-related data following a collision, including vehicle speed, braking, accelerator pedal position, steering, and seatbelt use. R9 Forensics has the advanced training and equipment required to access, analyze, and provide a summary of the data in an easy-to-read format anyone can understand.
In addition to the vehicles supported by the Bosch Crash Data Retrieval (CDR) system, which is used to image crash data from most supported vehicles, R9 has the training and tools to access crash data in Hyundai, Kia, and Tesla vehicles which have their own proprietary tool. Heavy vehicles and motorcycles also have the potential of capturing crash-related data.
Please contact us to learn if the vehicle involved in your case is supported. The link below will redirect you to the current list of vehicles supported by the Bosch CDR System:
Vehicle Control History
In addition to EDR data, which stores crash-related data following a qualifying crash event, some Toyota Lexus and Scion vehicles manufactured after 2013 may record and store vehicle data based on select driver inputs, such as hard acceleration and sudden deceleration in the absence of an actual collision. This could be extremely helpful in an incident where the vehicle was involved in a low-speed collision that did not meet the EDR recording threshold or if the vehicle was involved in an incident with had braking and no actual collision. R9 Forensics has the equipment to access this data in select vehicles.
Please email or call us for more information or to determine whether your vehicle is supported.
“Whenever two objects come into contact, there is always a transfer of material. The methods of detection may not be sensitive enough to demonstrate this, or the decay rate may be so rapid that all evidence of transfer has vanished after a given time. Nonetheless, the transfer has taken place” –Locard’s Exchange Principle – Doctor Edmond Locard
This theory holds true for two vehicles, or a vehicle and an object contacting each other. R9 Forensics uses the latest technology and techniques to perform thorough analyses of vehicle damage to determine whether the damage is consistent with the reported claim. This includes damage analysis, trace evidence analysis and paint analysis. These techniques reveal and preserve critical evidence in the analysis of low-speed impacts and hit-while-parked claims.
Following a collision, roadway evidence is short-lived. It is critical that the collision site is documented immediately following a collision. R9 Forensics has over twenty-five years of experience in collision scene analysis including identifying evidence, interpreting this critical evidence, and documenting the scene using specialized equipment.
R9 Forensics uses the latest technology to map the scene of a collision, including Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) also known as drones. Using drones in conjunction with photogrammetry software allows for the creation of scaled two-dimensional imagery, three-dimensional point clouds, and the ability to complete a “flythrough” of the scene.
In addition to collision scene documentation, R9 Forensics has experience conducting roof inspections on steep or inaccessible roofs. Please contact us for more information.
Photogrammetry is the science of obtaining measurements and three-dimensional data from photographs.
R9 Forensics uses photogrammetry in the reconstruction of collision scenes by systematically capturing aerial imagery with drones and processing the imagery with photogrammetry software. This process allows for the creation of a three-dimensional point cloud, or model of the scene, or a two-dimensional orthomosaic (similar to a scaled top-down image of the scene).
We also use close-range photogrammetry to create a three-dimensional model of the involved vehicles, preserving this critical evidence. This is completed by capturing a specific series of photographs and using photogrammetry software to process the images.
We live in the age of personal and commercial video and surveillance systems. Many times, an incident is captured by a business video camera system, a residential video system, personal video camera, a drive cam, or police body camera footage. Some of the video footage may contain data that can be enhanced or further analyzed to acquire items such as timing, sun positioning, vehicle speeds, pedestrian speeds, and other data that can be essential to a collision. R9 Forensics has the ability to enhance and analyze video footage and extract the data necessary for a complete reconstruction of the collision.
Please call or email us to determine how the analysis of this data can assist with your case.
Vehicle Infotainment Data
Most are familiar with the crash data associated with a vehicle’s event data recorder following a collision. Modern vehicles may also contain data associated with the vehicle’s infotainment system.
Infotainment systems can store location data, connected devices, call logs, cell phone contact lists, SMS messages, emails, photographs, and social media feeds. Some systems even record when and where a vehicle’s lights are turned on, when and where doors are opened and closed, and the location of the vehicle when Bluetooth devices connect. Infotainment data can be a valuable source of information for case, particularly vehicle thefts and hit-while-parked investigations. R9 Forensics has the ability to access and analyze this data.
Please contact us for more information or to determine whether your vehicle is supported.