RESEARCH TO IMPROVE THE PROCESS OF ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION - VOLUME II

THIS REPORT IS THE SECOND IN A SERIES OF THREE REPORTS CONCERNED WITH IDENTIFIYING AND EVALUATING POTENTIAL APPLICATIONS OF CURRENT TECHNOLOGY TO IMPROVE THE PROCESS OF MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION, ESPECIALLY IN THE DETERMINATION OF CAUSATION. IMPROVED AT-SCENE DATA GATHERING TECHNOLOGY IS EMPHASIZED SINCE IT IS BELIEVED THAT THIS HOLDS THE MOST PROMISE IN TERMS OF IMPROVING THE KNOWLEDGE OF ACCIDENT CAUSATION AND SERVING THE OPERATIONAL NEEDS OF VARIOUS HIGHWAY, LAW ENFORCEMENT AND OTHER AGENCIES. A MULTI-LEVEL ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION SYSTEM IS USED AS AN ENVIRONMENTAL FRAMEWORK TO PROVIDE A SUITABLE BACKDROP FOR AT-SCENE PROCEDURES AND EQUIPMENT EVALUATION. THE DEFINED AT-SCENE TASK AREAS OF EACH INVESTIGATION LEVEL WERE STUDIED AND A RECOMMENDED PROGRAM TO EVALUATE POTENTIAL APPLICATIONS OF TECHNOLOGY WAS DESCRIBED IN THE FIRST INTERIM REPORT. THIS SECOND REPORT DESCRIBES THE RESULTS OF THIS PROGRAM. SELECTED EXPLORATORY TASKS INCLUDED: PRESERVATION OF THE AT-ACCIDENT STATE OF PHYSICAL EVIDENCE, INTERROGATION OF ACCIDENT PARTICIPANTS, THE MEASURE OF ALCOHOLIC INFLUENCE THROUGH OCULAR RESPONSE, DOCUMENTATION OF EVIDENCE BY PHOTOGRAPHIC TECHNIQUES, A VEHICLE DIAGONOSTIC SYSTEM FOR CAUSAL INVESTIGATION, REMOTE EXPERT PARTICIPATION IN AT-SCENE INVESTIGATIONS, AND, BOARD OF INQUIRY CONCEPTS FOR CAUSAL DETERMINATION. THE THIRD VOLUME IS DESIGNED AS THE PRIMARY SOUCE OF INFORMATION REGARDING THE APPLICATION OF THIS TECHNOLOGY TO THE DISCOVERY OF CAUSAL FACTORS IN AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENTS.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • 236 Pp, 37 FIG, 13 TAB, 37 REF
  • Corporate Authors:

    Cornell Aeronautical Laboratory, Incorporated

    4455 Genesee Street
    Buffalo, NY  USA  14221
  • Authors:
    • Keryeski, J M
  • Publication Date: 1968-10

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00220669
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Nat Safety Council Safety Res Info Serv
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 24 1970 12:00AM