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Replicating and investigating bike crash scenes

Living in areas like Long Beach, California, calls for being outside as much as possible. Residents and tourists alike flock to the beaches, search out parks and often walk and use bicycles instead of cars. And while the Southern California weather encourages a healthy lifestyle, it also leaves some pedestrians and cyclists vulnerable to accidents. Given that a bicycle accident can result in serious injuries or even death, law enforcement are trained on how to properly investigate these types of accident scenes to ensure liable parties are held responsible for their actions.

Without the proper training, law enforcement can have a difficult time investigating bike accidents because physical evidence is typically scarce. There are clues and reliable techniques investigators can use to determine what happened and why. For instance, if the victim sustained injuries lower on their body, it may be an indication that the vehicle attempted to stop before hitting the individual. Another interesting clue is whether or not a hat is present on the scene. The location of a hat on site is often a reliable sign of where the cyclist was when he or she was struck.

Law enforcement out of state recently conducted training to learn these investigation techniques. Numerous accident scenarios were created for participants to review and investigate, giving them the opportunity to determine which party was responsible for causing the incident and why.

It’s important for authorities to learn how to properly investigate accidents involving bicycles and pedestrians so that victims can seek justice. Charges may be necessary in some instances and it’s imperative that offenders are held responsible for their recklessness.

Source: wnyt.com, “the art and technique of reconstructing car vs. bicycle, car vs. pedestrian accidents,” Steve Flamisch, Sep. 12, 2013

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