Synthesis of Information Related to Highway Problems. Topic 37-08. Crash Reconstruction Practices

Crash reconstructions are conducted by law enforcement agencies, as well as state DOTs. Crash reconstruction here is defined as a process using specialized skills beyond standard police crash reporting to analyze the cause of a collision or collisions. For many, the focus of the investigation may be too narrow, therefore, may produce erroneous results and lead to false conclusions. In addition, it is unknown the extent to which crash reconstructions are used to improve highway safety. A synthesis of the state of the practice in crash reconstruction would be a useful document for all agencies involved in crash site investigations or reconstruction activities. This synthesis will focus on crash reconstruction activities, feedback provided from reconstruction activities, and mitigation actions taken as a result. Both intra- and inter-agency communication, as well as education and training opportunities will be explored. Further, the synthesis will document knowledge gaps and future research to address the needs of agencies doing reconstruction.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-5, Topic

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  USA  20590

    American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials

    444 North Capitol Street, NW, Suite 225
    Washington, DC    20001

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  USA  20001
  • Project Managers:

    Vlasak, Donna

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Kentucky, Lexington

    Lexington, KY  USA  40506-0281
  • Principal Investigators:

    Pigman, Jerry

  • Start Date: 20051101
  • Actual Completion Date: 20060228
  • Source Data: RiP Project 11625

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01462978
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Cooperative Highway Research Program
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-5, Topic
  • Files: RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 2:14PM