There are several factors that make reconstructing bicycle accidents more difficult than reconstructing car crashes. The obvious differences between a bicycle and a car are what make bicycle accident reconstruction more difficult. With only two wheels, a bicycle requires balance to maintain control. In addition, a bicycle has a higher center of gravity and a shorter wheelbase than a vehicle. Crash Tech bicycle crash experts are trained and certified in bicycle crash investigation and reconstruction through the University of North Florida.
Here are a few ways a bicycle can fall without a collision occurring.
When questioning a bicyclist about an accident, it’s important to ask if he or she was trying to regain control or avoid an impact. Also, an investigator needs to ask about cyclist experience (Find out how skilled that cyclist is).
Proper training in bicycle crash reconstruction is necessary as the evidence from the crash scene is very different from an automobile crash. Consider these differences below and you will see why finding properly trained investigators is necessary.
Car v. Car evidence may include:
• Gouge in roadway
• Crush damage
• Rest position of vehicles
• Tire marks on roadway
• Event data recorder
Car v. Bicycle evidence may include:
• Rest positions; however, this is rare.
• Tire marks
• Bike crush