Seat Belt Misuse

Seat Belt Misuse

Background

The driver of a vehicle claimed that he was wearing his seat belt at the time of a collision. Although the “black box” download from his vehicle supported this claim, the driver’s injury pattern was inconsistent with proper seat belt use.

Process

Explico was retained to investigate whether or not the driver was wearing his seat belt at the time of the collision. Explico inspected the subject vehicle, and carefully documented the physical evidence on the driver's restraint system. Using an undamaged exemplar vehicle and surrogate occupant that was the same height and weight as the driver, various combinations of restraint system geometry and occupant positioning were considered.

Results

Careful consideration of restraint system physical evidence revealed that the driver was sitting on top of his buckled seat belt and the time of the collision.

back to case studies

Related Case Studies

Read More →
Closed Head Injury Assessment During a Tractor-Trailer Sideswipe Collision
The Plaintiff had slowed her vehicle considerably on a highway during a snowstorm with the intention of turning left.
Read More →
Occupant Forces During a Sideswipe with a Tractor-Trailer
A tractor-trailer changed lanes into a merging passenger vehicle resulting in a sideswipe type of collision.
Read More →
Comparing Forces on an Occupant From Different Motor Vehicle Collisions
An individual was involved in a relatively high-speed frontal collision two years prior to being rear-ended in a relatively low-speed collis
Read More →
Virtual Reality (VR) in the Courtroom
An individual over the age of 70 was walking through the interior of a 50-foot yacht for the first time.
Read More →
Biomechanics in the Operating Room
After performing laparoscopic surgery, a 30-year-old nurse claimed that his hand extensor tendon ruptured.
Read More →
Residential Rollover Investigation
A driver of an SUV, which rolled over on a residential street, claimed that she was traveling at the 25-mph speed limit.
Read More →
Determining the Driver in a Roll-Over Incident
A vehicle containing multiple extremely intoxicated individuals “t-boned” another vehicle resulting in multiple deaths.
Read More →
Using Infotainment Data for an Arson Investigation
An individual who was suspected of arson claimed that he had not been in the vicinity of the fire site.
Read More →
Seat Belt Misuse
The driver of a vehicle claimed that he was wearing his seat belt at the time of a collision.
Read More →
Camera Matching, Evidence Placement, and Court Testimony
An allegation was made that an automated sliding door caused an individual to fall.
Read More →
Injury Causation Analysis of a Low-Speed Rear-End Collision
The plaintiff was driving her vehicle and stopped at a stop sign with the intention of turning right.
Read More →
Determining Out-of-Position Occupant Kinematics Using 3D Scan Data and MADYMO
A woman was involved in a low-speed, rear-end collision while waiting to turn right onto a roadway.
Read More →
Trip-and-Fall Through Automatic Sliding Glass Doors
A woman fell when entering a department store, and the automatic sliding doors at the entrance closed on her.
Read More →
Garbage Truck Collision at Intersection with Unrelated ECM Data
A pickup truck was traveling at a cross street intersection and had the right-of-way when it was impacted by a garbage truck.
Read More →
Line-of-Sight for a Pedestrian and Bicyclist
Bicyclists passing a parked SUV on a residential street struck an eleven-year-old pedestrian as she was crossing the street.
Read More →
Evaluating Vibration Exposure and Lumbar Disc Injuries
A man who had been working for the railroad since 1970 claimed that he was exposed to years of repetitive, vibratory, stressful duties.
Read More →
Evaluating a Workplace Injury Using Camera Matching
A series of locomotives was stopped on a bridge traveling through a creek bed where a man had claimed to have fallen.
back to case studies
Find the ideal expert today.

Each of our professionals offers a unique set of skills and experience and are ready to discuss your next project.

Find an Expert