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Technical Forensic Vehicle Examination

Providing Technical Forensic Vehicle Examination Services Across Ireland.

Experienced Technical Forensic Vehicle Examination Services

Understanding both vehicle conditions and collision dynamics can provide a lot of information as to how or why an accident occurred. Here at TACC, our Technical Forensic Vehicle Examination Team specialises in the examination of vehicles, whether it be a defect to a vehicle or collision damage, we can help. We can determine if a defect is contributory to a collision or accident., This requires knowledge of both the vehicle and the collision along with experience in different types of collision and the variable factors. However, an examination of a vehicle is not restricted to mechanical defects. Analysis of vehicle electronics including light bulbs can establish if they were on at the time of the collision and if a prior warning was given.

Our investigators work to understand the damage profile of a vehicle. This can provide additional evidence to a case while also allowing for an analysis of vehicle speed and orientation at impact. We use a range of tools including our Crash Data Retrieval tool, the Bosch CDR to collect critical evidence in order to establish causation. This evidence and information are often important in order to establish the sequence of events, what happened prior to the collision, and more.

If you are looking for a vehicle examination by a team with experience, TACC can help. With a team of experienced investigators, we can examine a vehicle to analyse the data and vehicle condition. This information is compiled into a detailed report, ready for both Criminal & Civil Cases. 

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Technical Vehicle Forensic Examination

Collecting Data With Our Bosch CDR Tool

The majority of modern vehicles store vital information about a vehicle around the time of a crash. This information includes the approach speed, braking indication, throttle position, and more. This data can be complex but vital in most cases. It can also guide the investigation as it provides information about how the vehicle reacted at the time of the accident. As mentioned, this data is complex and rather difficult to understand. It is a requirement of Bosch that only analysts with specialist training can interrogate this data. TACC is fully trained in the analysis of data from the Bosch CDR.

The data that Bosch CDR can download and present includes:

  • Vehicle Speed
  • Braking Status
  • Steering Wheel Angle
  • Crash Severity
  • Seat Belt Status
  • Engine Throttle
  • Accelerator Pedal Position
  • Transmission Gear Position
  • Airbag Deployment Data
  • Occupant Detection Information

The Bosch CDR Tool products have been trusted across the world by law enforcement, crash investigators, auto manufacturers, insurance companies, and fleet/government agencies. The tools allow access to Event Data Recorder Information and have since 2000. Bosch is the only company to offer a commercially available tool that provides access to critical vehicle data.

Technical Forensic Vehicle Examination FAQs

Below, you can find a selection of Frequently Asked Questions regarding our vehicle examination services in Ireland. From how we can help to how our examination results make a difference, you can find answers to questions below.

If you have a different question or would like to get started with our services, contact our team today.

A forensic examination of a vehicle is the scientific study of a vehicle or multiple vehicles involved in a collision. The study of vehicles assists in determining the cause of the collision and also allows for the reconstruction of the events leading up to the incident. Traffic Consultants & Examiners with expertise in mechanics, physics, and other principles analyse the data and evidence. This forms a detailed report on the factors that have contributed to the collision.

These findings are commonly used in both criminal and civil cases, alongside insurance claims and other legal proceedings.

A forensic investigation is conducted following a detailed process. This process covers every area of the vehicle and collision to ensure that a timeline of events can be created. Those steps include:

  1. Scene Examination: This involves taking photographs and measurements of the scene. Investigators also collect and preserve physical evidence such as debris, tire marks, and skid marks.
  2. Vehicle Examination: This includes inspecting the vehicles involved for damage and collecting critical evidence. This evidence may contain broken or malfunctioning parts that may have contributed to a collision. 
  3. Evidence Analyzation: This involves using specialised equipment such as lasers, computer simulations, and 3D Modelling Software to analyse data and create a reconstruction of the collision.
  4. Witness Interviewing: Investigators may interview witnesses to the collision or individuals that may have information about the incident. This can often confirm and complete a timeline of events.
  5. Expert Consultation: As part of the Institute of Traffic Accident Investigators and the Institute Of Automotive Engineer Assessors, we may consult with other industry experts.

 Through a Forensic Vehicle Examination, various types of evidence are collected and analysed in order to determine the cause of a collision and to reconstruct events leading to the incident. These types of evidence vary from case to case, however, they are usually compiled from a list of types. Those types include:

  1. Physical Evidence: A large part of any case is Physical Evidence. This includes debris, tyre marks, skid marks, and other physical evidence.
  2. Vehicle Evidence: This involves inspecting the vehicles involved in the collision and collecting data using a CDR or Crash Data Retrieval Tool.
  3. Witness Testimony: Investigators may interview witnesses who saw the collision happen or have information about the collision.
  4. Expert Testimony: Investigators may discuss your case with field experts such as mechanics and engineers to help them with understanding and interpret the evidence further.
  5. Other Information: Other information used to create a timeline of events may include Dash Cam Footage, CCTV Footage, and more.

Lots of evidence is used to reconstruct a collision and to provide an idea of what actually happened. 

The findings through a forensic investigation are used primarily to support a criminal or civil case. Reconstructing a collision and working out the events can often establish what went wrong and what caused the collision. Vehicle Evidence can highlight if anything went wrong with the vehicle and contributed to the cause of the collision. Each piece of evidence is vital and investigators provide this information in a detailed report, to be used in ongoing proceedings.

Absolutely. The information that is uncovered through an investigation is provided to the client in the form of a Detailed Report. This report includes the evidence that was discovered across several evidence types. This report can be used in court for both Criminal & Civil Cases and the investigators on the case can also present the information in the form of expert testimony. All of our investigators can and do present information in court for our clients.

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Our Range Of Services

Here at TACC, we offer a range of services. These services are available to assist with both Criminal & Civil Cases. If you would like to find out more about any of our services, please get in touch with our team.

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Whether you have a question about our services or an inquiry into what we can do for you, our team is available to help. You can contact the TACC team through our contact form, to which we aim to respond in less than 24 hours. You can also email us or give us a call. Our team is more than happy to help!

TACC Limited
Larass,
Strandhill,
Sligo  F91W2F4

PJGallagher@tacc.ie
085 1654694