The Role of a Forensic Engineer.
A definition of “Forensic” The interpretation of evidence for use by a court.
Forensic Engineers are used to determine whether the relationship and profile of damage between two vehicles involved in an alleged accident is compatible and consistent with the accident circumstances. This analysis is used to determine : –
Has the accident been staged?
Have the vehicles been tampered with?
Has a vehicle actually been involved in an accident?
When necessary you can use UKMETS expertise, by producing a court ready CPR compliant report, forensically studying the damage profiles, vehicle design, construction, mass & momentum. A CPR compliant report is produced establishing whether (or not) the two vehicles have collided, if the vehicles have been tampered with, or if the damage is consistent.
Example of exaggerated Damage
Exaggeration, or tampering with a vehicle can increase cost for an insurer and profit for the Claimant and/or his Claims Management Company.
Increased Credit hire goes hand in hand with the added damage and the deliberate actions to render a vehicle unroadworthy.
Complicit engineers are often used to give the claim a veneer of respectability and should be treated with extreme caution.
Low Velocity Impact Reporting
We are not medical experts and therefore cannot pass comment on injury. Through our training and experience observing crash testing we can provide an opinion on the likelihood of undue occupant movement within the vehicle.
A Forensic Engineer must also have an understanding of a vehicle’s construction, energy absorption, energy exchange and have the ability to apply this to the vehicles involved in the incident and determine whether or not the occupants could have been subjected to energy transfer that could leave them vulnerable to possible undue movement.
Large Loss Forensic Examination
Attention to detail is the key.
Considered, Examined and Contained within our CPR compliant reports are:
- Pre-Inspection checks DVLA MOT History HPI.
- Pre-Accident condition appraisal.
- Potential Accident related defects.
- Deployment of the vehicle’s safety systems.
- Seatbelt and air bag examination.
- Evidence of unusual occupancy movement and component contact within the vehicle.
- Intrusion into the vehicle and effect on occupants.
- Directional arrows are used to indicate the direction of impact, which is vital information to the claims handler.
- In all cases we report on the actual damage sustained and the potential effect on the occupants.
- Liaise and fact find with the Police where appropriate.
- Visit, survey photograph the locus.
Why the need for a Large Loss Forensic Engineer?
In 1976 Lord Denning set out guidance under the case of Froom-v- Butcher into the apportionment of loss to passengers who were not wearing their seatbelts in a collision.
In such cases, damage attributable to the failure to wear a seatbelt can be reduced by up to 25%. In large loss collision cases involving motor vehicles’ damages can range between £100,000 and £1 million+.
Since we have been focusing on large loss Forensic examinations, we have established that on the vast majority of cases, one or more of the occupants in the vehicles involved, had not been correctly restrained. This is both adults and unfortunately small children, who have sustained life-threatening injuries, or fatally injured.
Identifying and Forensically examining large loss cases can prove a very good return on investment.