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Road Traffic Accidents

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Motor Vehicle Expertise

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Our Road Traffic Accident Experts (RTA Experts) are trained, skilled and experienced in preparing reports on all types of criminal and civil cases involving the use of motor vehicles.  These include Road Traffic Act offences with or without accidents/collisions, offences against the person involving the use of motor vehicles, and civil cases involving personal injury claims and insurance fraud.

In addition to providing reports in criminal prosecutions and civil cases, our Road Traffic Accident Experts can provide reports in disciplinary matters and internal investigations, including courts martial.  All our consultants have acted as single joint experts in civil cases.

The nature and extent of road traffic incidents are wide and varied.  They may involve vehicles colliding with other vehicles, pedestrians or roadside objects, or simply be a question of driver behaviour or vehicle speed.

Accidents

Accidents are often the end result of a chain of events, with a combination of factors causing or contributing to them.  These may not always be under the control of the driver; for example, road layout and condition, poor lines of sight, vehicle component failure, difficult weather conditions and the action of other road users or pedestrians, all have their part to play.

Our accident reconstruction experts can take measurements, photographs and video drive-throughs of accident loci, examinations of vehicle damage, distance/speed/time calculations, assessment of lines of sight and road layouts, examination of CCTV/police video footage, and investigation of other possible contributory factors.  We can also evaluate a range of parameters using specialist software to model certain incidents.

Other Vehicle Incidents

Other Road Traffic Act offences may require assessment of vehicle speeds, manner of driving, tachograph records, safety of loads on goods vehicles and misuse and verification of journey routes/timings.  We prepare reports in all these areas.

Event/Incident/Journey Data Recorders (black box recorders) and Automatic Vehicle Location Systems (AVLS) are now fitted to a growing number of vehicles; in particular those used by the emergency services, fleet vehicles and younger driver vehicles.  The analysis of the information they contain is essential when a vehicle fitted with such equipment is involved in an incident.  We analyse such data and utilise it in the reconstruction of an incident.  If you would like to understand how incident data recorders are used in accident investigation we can provide appropriate training.

Criminal Offences Against the Person

We have provided reports in criminal cases of murder (including HMA v Christopher Grenfell), attempted murder, rape and actual bodily harm involving the use of vehicles.  In particular, the key issue has been an allegation of intent resulting in contact between a vehicle and an injured party.

In a recent case involving a charge of actual bodily harm, we reported that an examination of the vehicle revealed the damage sustained was not consistent with the witness evidence.  This was agreed by the prosecution expert and the case was discontinued.

Theft and like offences

We can prepare reports in cases involving stolen vehicles/vehicle parts.

A recent case involved a large number of alleged stolen vehicle parts.  The Defendant was charged with a conspiracy charge on the basis that he was involved with others and handled a large number of the alleged stolen parts.  We were able to examine the parts and although some items were identified as stolen, many could not be positively identified.  The Defendant pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of handing some of the stolen parts.