Pedestrian, Bicycle & Motorcycle
When two motor vehicles collide, the event is often very different from an accident involving a pedestrian, bicycle, or motorcycle. They are more vulnerable to significant injury when they come into contact with larger motor vehicles and trucks.
Due to the risks related to size disparity, these types of roadway users can often be more difficult to see. With little to no physical protection from a collision, the resulting injuries can be severe. Given our understanding of the hazards presented by pedestrians, cyclists, and motorcyclists, we can help you determine the circumstances of a collision and understand your position.
When a pedestrian, motorcycle, or bicycle collides with a motor vehicle, the large difference in size changes the interaction between the two road users during the collision. This affects the movement, duration, and severity of the collision as well as the parts of the vehicle that are contacted. The trajectory of a struck rider or pedestrian can be used to determine the rate of speed and injury potential following an incident. Our engineers look at all the available evidence, from injury reports and witness statements to roadway markings and physical damage, to help determine what happened.
A vehicle’s Event Data Recorder (black box) download can provide information about speed, restraint use, and vehicle braking/acceleration, while a BERLA download can provide data regarding navigation and mobile phone use. When it comes to two-wheeled vehicles, gyroscopic effects can also come into play.
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