One of ARCCA’s Senior Engineers, Jim Mason, Ph.D., recently co-authored the 3rd Edition of ‘Vehicle Accident Analysis and Reconstruction Methods’ with Raymond M. Brach and R. Matthew Brach. This updated edition contains expanded sections including comprehensive treatment of the role of event data recorder (EDRs or black box) data in vehicle accident reconstruction. Since the introduction of the federal law regarding vehicle black boxes (49 CFR 563) for vehicles manufactured after September 1, 2012, black box data has become increasing available for the reconstruction vehicle collisions, such that it is now more likely than not that black box data will be available for one or all vehicles involved in a collision. This new edition of the book demonstrates how that data can be used to accurately reconstruct the behavior vehicles in the majority of collisions.
‘Vehicle Accident Analysis and Reconstruction Methods, Third Edition’ is available through SAE International.
Dr. Mason is a Senior Engineer specializing in mechanical failures. He performs analyses of failed consumer and industrial products and equipment, machinery design and failure, and metallurgical laboratory analyses. He also conducts engineering evaluations and provides analyses and opinions on the fracture and fatigue of metals, plastics, and welds. Dr. Mason has experience with medical devices and routinely conducts investigations of failed consumer medical devices, including fracture/fatigue crack analyses of orthopedic implants, plastics, and the complex interaction of materials with the human body. He also performs motor vehicle accident reconstructions and conducts passenger and commercial vehicle inspections, as well as site investigations to gather photographic evidence and document condition