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Truck Accident Reconstruction

Truck Accident Reconstruction-Checking Air Brake Function with External Air

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Checking Air Brake Function

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Air Brake Function – Gauge Readings

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Measuring Air Tank Bracket Thickness

Truck Accident Reconstruction – Air Brakes

Air Brakes – Always an issue in trucking accidents:

  • Trucks have more brakes
  • Truck brakes require more maintenance
  • Trucks take more time and distance to stop
  • Truck collisions may be catastrophic even at low speed
  • Air brakes used to be designed on the basis of the fully loaded condition
  • Unloaded brake performance was compromised
  • ABS allows truck brakes to adjust the braking action to match the load condition resulting in design braking for all loading conditions.
  • Discs are replacing drums 
  • ABS is now on most trucks and trailers unless they are approaching “antique” status 
  • ESC (Electronic Stability Control) is here 
  • The stopping distance standards are becoming more stringent
  • Stability Control, Collision Avoidance, Lane Keeping, Blind Spot Monitoring, are becoming more prevalent

Air Chambers and Slack Adjusters

  • If they are not set up properly, maintained and inspected, the brakes do not work.

Accident Reconstruction Articles, Presentations, Tools & Newslettters

Heavy Vehicle Event Data Retrieval – Accident Animation