ARCCA Expert Joseph M. Teitelman wrote an article recently in PAMIC Pulse Magazine for their Fall 2021 issue. The article, Accident Reconstruction: Assessing Images from On-Vehicle Cameras, looks at a new development that is changing the evidence available to experts.
Over the last several decades, electronic vehicle data has emerged as a powerful tool for collision investigators and reconstructionists. Many modern vehicles store data within various electronic control units including the infotainment system and event data recorder (commonly referred to as the ‘black box’) which is accessible using commercially available equipment. During this same time period, the availability of video footage from cameras which capture an incident has greatly increased. Initial police investigations often include canvasing the area of a collision for surveillance cameras from local businesses or residences, and traffic cameras are regularly located at intersections and on highly-trafficked roadways. Video from these cameras can often provide important information to accident reconstructionists, however, it rarely includes the full collision sequence and fails to offer the perspectives of the involved drivers. As a result of recent advancements in automotive technology, these two forms of evidence have begun to merge together as photographs and/or video from cameras built into modern cars are now being recorded and stored within the vehicle. This article explores several ways that accident reconstructionists can access the images and video stored in vehicles following a collision event.
Mr. Teitelman is a Senior Accident Reconstructionist. His work includes the investigation and analysis of motor vehicle, pedestrian, and bicycle collisions. In addition to accident reconstruction, he is also certified and proficient in EDR (Black box) imaging and analysis, 3-D Laser Scanning, sightline analyses, scene documentation/diagramming and forensic video analyses. He performs vehicle, site, and evidence inspections and also investigates enhanced damages, staged collisions, and phantom vehicle incidents. To learn more about Mr. Teitelman and how he can help with your case, visit Joseph Teitelman’s expert profile.