2Activity 7.1 Introduction Short video on car crashes:
3Activity 7.2 Accident Scene Investigation 5,6213,47Source: Tai Kung Pao ( )
4Activity 7.2 Things you would do: WHY ? 1. Examine the tyres of the vehiclesFlat or damaged tyres may cause the car to lose control2. Examine the road’s conditionOil spill, strange obstacles and sharp objects may cause the accident3. Record the features of the skid marksMay show whether the tyre was flat or overloading. (see Activity7.5)4. Measure the length of the skid marksMay help estimate the speed of the vehicle before impact. (see Activity 7.6)5. To know whether the drivers are drunk or medicatedAlcohol or drug will affect a driver’s reaction time during an accident. (see Activity 7.4)6. Obtain the oral confession of the eyewitnessesThey can provide information which are helpful in reconstructing the accident.(see Activity 7.7)7. Examine the hazard lights of the Rolls RoyceTo check out whether the victim had turned on the hazard lights before the collision. (see Activity 7.3)
5Activity 7.3 Reaction time of the driver Reaction time is the lapse of time between stimulationand the beginning of response.ConditionsReaction timeNormal~ 1 secHaving telephone conservation /Listening music~1.5 – 2 secDrunk or under medication~ 2 – 5 sec
6Activity 7.3 Reaction time of the driver Thinking distance(思考距離) :the distance travelled by the car in your reaction timeBraking distance(剎車距離) :the distance skidded by the car after the brake is appliedTotal stopping distance = Thinking distance + Braking distance
9Activity 7.4 Features of skid marks Explanation :under-inflated tyre-contact of tyre edges with road > (firmer than) contact of centre part of tyre with roadThe depreciation of the edges of tyre are much faster;When sliding on road, it gives skid marks with missing centre part.over-inflated tyre-contact of centre part of tyre with road > (firmer than) contact of tyre edges with road causing skid marks with missing tyre edges
10Activity 7.5 START and STOP The acceleration of a vehicleAcceleration = the rate of change of the speeda = acceleration; v = final velocity; u = initial velocity; t = time interval; s = distance travelled
11Activity 7.5 START and STOP The braking of a vehicleSkid marks begin when the brake is applied and end when the car stops.It is the friction between the tyres and the road surface that causes the car to decelerate and stop.
12ExperimentTo prove F = constant x WFigure 2PULLFigure 1FW
16After thorough investigation you get the following information : mass of the car and Carol : 1100 kgmass of Herny : 60 kgspeed limit at the location : 50 km/hdrag factor f = 0.7point of impact : 28 m from the nearby traffic lamps17 m long skid marks from the point of impact
17Herny lay on the ground; clothes fibers and some blood spatters were found near Henry’s body;a few street lamps were out of order during the accident;the manufacturer of Carol’s car claimed that the maximum acceleration of the car is 2.4 m/s2
18Q1. From the above information, can you estimate the minimum speed of Carol’s car during the crash? (Since the mass of car is much heavier than that of Henry, we can assume the speed of the car didn’t change after the collision.)
20In order to reveal the truth and provide evidence in the court, your team had interviewed Carol, Henry and Sam respectively and got the following confessions:
21Carol (the driver, a nurse, 40 , mother of 3 kids) When I was hurrying to the hospital for work that night, I stopped my car before the red traffic light. The road was dark. After the traffic light turned green and making sure that the road ahead was clear, I drove across the road junction. Suddenly, I saw a person wearing dark clothes appearing in front of me. I swear that I couldn’t see him until that moment. I pressed my horn sharply but he didn’t seem to have any response. Everything was too late and my car knocked him down. I applied the brake immediately to stop my car. I was so scared that I stayed in my car until the police came.
22Henry (the injured person, a salesman, 26, single) After drinking with my friends, I left the bar around midnight. I intended to catch the last bus home. The pedestrian lamp was green and flashing when I was running across the road. Suddenly, without sounding its horn a car at high speed came to me from my right hand side and knocked me unconscious.
23Sam (witness, a financial planner, 33, married) That was a quiet night. When I was walking towards the bus-stop after meeting with a client, I heard very loud sound of horn from behind suddenly. I turned to my left and saw a car knocking down a person. I remember that the pedestrian lamp near the crash scene was still red at that moment. I ran quickly across the road to see what I could help. I saw a man wearing black clothes lying on the road with some bloodstains around him. A car stopped about 10 m away from the injured person. The driver who was a lady got off her car. She was very scared. I called 999 with my mobile phone for her.
24Case study – midnight crash Q2.Comparing the confessions of Carol, Henry and Sam list out some points that you think are contradictory.
25Case study – midnight crash Answers:Carol said that she drove across the road junction when the pedestrian lamp was green, which is consistent with Sam’s confession (“I remember that the pedestrian lamp near the crash scene was still red at that moment.”). However, Henry said the pedestrian lamp was green and flashing when he was running across the road.Carol said that she had pressed the horn and the sound of horn was also heard by Sam. However, Henry claimed that the car came to him at high speed without sounding its horn.Carol said that she stayed in the car until the police came while Sam said she got off the car right after the accident.
26Case study – midnight crash Q3.Comment on the confessions and discuss whether they are trustworthy “()” or doubtful “(?)”.
27Case study – midnight crash Q3. Answers:Carol :() The road was dark. (some street lamps were out of order)() I had pressed the horn. (supported by Sam’s confession)() I had braked the car after knocking down Henry. (confirmed by the evidence from the skid marks left)(?) I stayed in the car until the police came (contradicted with Sam’s confession)
28Case study – midnight crash Henry :() I was running when I was knocked down by the car. (the inertia of his body would bring him a bit north after the impactresultant movement of Henry running direction of Henrymovement given by car(?) The pedestrian lamp was green / flashing (contradicted Carol’s confession “After the traffic light turned green ( the pedestrian lamp facing Henry should be red) and making sure that the road was clear ……)(?) The car did not sound its horn (contradicted Sam’s confession “I heard very loud sound of horn from behind suddenly”)
29Case study – midnight crash Sam :() I heard the horn before the collision.() The car stopped about 10 m from the body (quite consistent with the site measurement)(?) The pedestrian lamp was red during the collision (there may be time lapsed (about 10 seconds), it is difficult to prove that the pedestrian lamp was really red during the moment of collision)(?) The driver got off the car (contradicted with Carol’s confession “I was so scared that I stayed in my car until the police came”)
30Case study – midnight crash Crucial factormaximum speed she could attain isv = 11.6 m/s = 41.8 km/hSolution:V2-u2=2asV2-0=2asV2=2as=2(2.4)(28)V=11.6 m/s = 41.8km/h
31Carol drove across the road junction when the traffic light facing her was still red and hit Henry who was then running across the road (the pedestrian lamp facing him was green) ?ORCarol drove across the road junction when the traffic light facing her was green but hit Henry who was then running across the road (the pedestrian lamp facing him was red)?
32However, the minimum speed of Carol’s car at the point of impact was 55 kmh-1 The conclusion is that Carol’s car did NOT start from rest at the traffic lamp. In fact, she was probably driving across the road junction when the red light was on and her car knocked down Henry.
33Activity 7.7 Accident Animation Nowadays, modern technology could develop computer generated animations that accurately represent the forensic testimonies and witness statements to help the understanding of car accidents or events. The animations pull together all the relevant evidences and present it in a logical and clear manner. They are able to give a visual demonstration of events surrounding the car accident. In some of the cases, the animations are used in attending meetings or providing courtroom presentation.
34Here are some examples of Accident Animation (Multiple Animated Objects): The animation is based on the footage of a real accident. The animation includes the Jogger View, Second Pedestrian View and Car Across Intersection View. Luckily, the person run over in the animation did survive in the accident!Reference for the animation :