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Airborne Scenarios

There will be times and accidents when a vehicle has left the roadway and traveled through the air before coming to final rest. Once some simple information has been obtained from the scene, an investigator can accurately calculate the speed of the vehicle at its take-off point.

When vehicles travel through the air, this motion can usually be considered as a fall, flip, or vault. Once the point where the vehicle left the ground and the first point where it first came back into contact with the ground have been identified, the speed of the vehicle can be obtained.

The photo sequence above was taken from a crash test conducted during the FARO CrashFest 2002 summer seminar.


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