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Commercial Vehicle ECMs


It is becoming common knowledge that modern passenger vehicles have the capability to record information about a vehicle in the moments before, during, and after a crash. This information is...

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Crash Testing Tools – Instrumentation


One of the ongoing research projects that Sintra Engineering is engaged in is a study of the parameters and results of low speed automobile accidents (less than 15 kilometers per...

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Who, Where, When – GPS Reveals All


Global Positioning System, or GPS, is a term that most of us have heard before, and most of us know that it is a device that is commonly used to...

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Does Size Matter? Car Safety – How Small Vehicles Measure Up


As someone who has investigated hundreds of serious motor vehicle collisions, I am sometimes asked by clients or friends ‘what is the safest car to buy?’ Unfortunately, there is not...

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Night-time Visibility Studies


Often, two of the questions put forward in night-time motor vehicle collisions are, what could the driver have seen in the time leading up to the collision, and when could...

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Avoiding Collisions - The Thought Process


When asked to evaluate the evasion potential for drivers involved in collisions, our engineers address three main questions. First, when did the driver or drivers become aware of the hazard...

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Child Seat Assessments - A Voice for the Smallest Accident Victims


In low speed impact injury claims, one of the most commonly asked questions is:  Were the reported injuries plausible?  As minor collisions involve primarily soft tissue injuries, these injuries can...

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Rollover Accidents and Occupant Restraints


Vehicle rollovers are among the most devastating events that occur on our roadways.  These types of accidents are more likely to result in fatalities than are other types of collisions,...

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The “Black Box”


In the insurance community, the term “black box” has been commonly used to refer to a vehicle’s Event Data Recorder (EDR). The EDR is a recording device found in some...

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Clarifying Collisions: Getting a Grip on Left-hand Turns


Sintra Engineering is committed to expanding our knowledge in subjects pertinent to our investigative practice areas. We are currently engaged in research that analyzes the path geometrics and dynamics of...

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Vehicle - Pedestrian Collisions


Often, pedestrians sustain serious or fatal injuries when involved in collisions with vehicles. In the aftermath of these collisions, insurance adjusters and lawyers are faced with very important questions that...

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Now you See me, Now You Don’t: Spotting Hazards on the Roadway


Have you ever wondered why that driver couldn’t avoid hitting the child who was crossing the road? What about that driver who was going full speed and rear-ended the stopped...

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Key Questions to Ask Witnesses Following a Collision


One of the common types of collision that accident reconstruction engineers are often retained to investigate are urban collisions that occur in the vicinity of an intersection. Common issues can...

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Chain Collisions: Who Dunnit?


A chain collision involves three or more vehicles in successive collisions, separated by short intervals. The vehicles could all be moving immediately before the incident or any number of them...

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Sideswipe Collisions: Scrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrape!


You hate it when it happens. You’re driving through a shopping mall parking lot when someone pulls out of a stall. Their bumper hits the side of your car and...

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Beyond the Obvious- Human Factors in Accident Reconstruction


Human factors, those variables that affect a driver’s ability to operate the vehicle effectively, are often the most important and complex issues involved in understanding how and why a collision...

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Like a Deer in the Headlights


Animals, both wild and domestic, can play major contributory roles in motor vehicle collisions.  Whether it is a large animal, such as a deer or a moose crossing a highway,...

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“I barely touched him!”


“I barely touched him!” This statement is frequently heard when a driver describes the severity of the low speed rear-end collision he or she caused. Although you would love to...

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