Curt M. Beloy, MSME ::::
Case Synopsis: Vehicle 1 was traveling northbound (NB) approaching a line of stopped cars at an intersection. Vehicle 2 was also traveling NB in the same lane, behind Vehicle 1. A collision occurred when the last of the stopped vehicles was rear-ended by Vehicles 1 and 2. Operator #1 claims he brought his vehicle to a stop behind a line of cars, was rear-ended by Vehicle 2, and pushed into the rear of the stopped car. Operator #2 claims that Vehicle 1 rear-ended the stopped vehicle in front of it and then he hit the back of Vehicle 1. No evidence was left on the roadway as a result of the collision and the damage to the vehicles did not indicate any specific order of impact. Based on the physical evidence alone, a determination of the order of the collisions was not clear.