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A semi-trailer which was too high for an overpass collided with the overpass bridge on Interstate (IH) 35 about 40 miles north of Austin, in Salado, Texas, today, causing the overpass to collapse. It was reported that at least one person was killed and others were injured. Tractor-trailer drivers should plan their route, be aware of the height of their truck and pay close attention to heights that are posted on most overpasses. Oversized loads require permits. So-called “permitted loads” are oversized loads that must receive permits after submission of the proposed route so that the load is only transported on routes where overpasses are high enough and roads are large enough. From photographs of the scene of this particular accident, it appears that it was the tractor (i.e. the truck) and not an over-sized load that collided with the overpass. The driver of the semi-trailer and his employer should have known about low overpasses through proper route planning and the driver should also have remained attentive to the measurement that was probably posted on the overpass.

Volume 5: Documenting head-light, tail-light and turn signal illumination in vehicle collisions


Accident reconstruction experts can examine light bulbs from vehicles involved in a collision for hot or cold shock.  This may provide information about which light bulbs were illuminated before the collision.

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Volume 4: Proving causal factors in the car accident, heavy truck collision or 18-wheeler personal injury case with an accident reconstruction expert


In the car collision, heavy truck collision and 18-wheeler collision personal injury case, the accident reconstruction expert can help determine causal factors.  The accident reconstruction expert may visit the scene and document and/or measure skid marks, gouge marks, and other evidence.  Sometimes this evidence is available from photographic evidence.  Distances can also be measured at the scene using survey equipment.

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Volume 3: Documenting vehicle contact in motor vehicle wrecks using forensic paint evidence – matching paint samples through multilayer microscopic and elemental analysis


In motor vehicle collisions, heavy truck collisions and 18-wheeler collisions, forensic paint evidence can help determine who hit whom or even identify a hit and run vehicle.  Modern paints transfer in various ways.  Modern paints may not rub onto the vehicle struck, but a colliding vehicle may leave behind microscopic paint fragments.  Also, gouge marks in a contact vehicle may reveal bottom layers of the paint that are different in color from the surface color of both vehicles involved in the collision, making it impossible for gross examination of paint marks to determine the color of the other vehicle involved in the collision.

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Volume 2: Documenting the accident scene with photogrammetry


Car Accidents, Truck Accidents and Motorcycle Accidents


Photogrammetry is an engineering tool or practice used to determine the geometric properties (or three dimensional measurements of distances, depths and relative angles) of objects from two-dimensional photographic images.   This process is not only used by NASA to accurately measure objects from photographs,  but is also widely used in car or vehicle accident reconstruction to determine scene measurements – from the length of skid marks, to distances between vehicles and relative articulation of the vehicles involved in the collision.
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