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.