3D Animation: Man Struck by Carrier While Opening His Driver Side Door

Hugh Borbidge, Senior Mechanical Engineer ::::

Are you a good judge of distance? Sometimes not being able to estimate how much room you have can lead to disaster.

In the following case, a man simply walked to his double parked truck and opened his driver side door to get in. At the same time a car carrier was traveling down the street towards the man. Did the man have enough room to open his door with a truck passing by? The whole thing was caught on tape but it was hard to tell how much space was available.

DJS was hired to recreate the scene so we could accurately measure what happened. We collected laser scan data, modeled vehicles and pedestrians and recreated the movement and spatial relationships based on the surveillance video. We were able to determine that had the man waited for the truck to pass, he would have been able to safely open his door and get in.

Hugh Borbidge is a Senior Mechanical Engineer with DJS Associates and can be reached via email at experts@forensicDJS.com or via phone at 215-659-2010.

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