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Commercial Vehicle Accident Reconstruction and Investigation, Second Edition

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  • Author: Rick W. Varner, Roy Sutphen Sr.
  • ISBN 10: 1-933264-83-7
  • ISBN 13: 978-1-933264-83-7
  • Copyright Date Ed:  September 27, 2010
  • Pages: 448 pages
  • Binding Information: Casebound
  • Size: 6.5 ✕ 10 Inches (US)

Is it safe to drive with these large trucks? What happens when the small car in front of the commercial vehicle slams on its brakes? Reconstructing commercial vehicle accidents is a complex task that is often misunderstood or misinterpreted. Frequently, mistakes are made in determining the vehicle's ability to brake efficiently, the engine speeds and the loading condition. This reference book identifies the proper techniques you should use in order to correctly assess a commercial vehicle accident scene.

The authors of this text discuss in great detail the unique aspects of commercial vehicle operation, performance and regulations. Chapters are dedicated to the various operating systems of these vehicles such as the electrical systems, tires, steering, suspension and much more. You will also learn about the human factors in commercial vehicle operations and accidents. The drivers of these trucks must drive at 100 percent of their ability in all situations and must meet certain requirements before they are allowed behind the wheel. Even so, accidents do occur and are sometimes caused by the driver's response.

New to this expanded second edition are chapters on vehicle headlamps, terminology, Automatic On-Board Recording Devices (AOBRD), wireless communications equipment, collision warning systems and smart cruise, vehicle speed sensor, and testimony questions, among others.

If you are interested in reconstructing or investigating commercial vehicle accidents, or if you are already involved in this but would like a better understanding of the issues, this book will prove to be valuable tool.

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Topics include:

  • Types of carriers
  • Driver responsibilities
  • Driver's record of duty status
  • Electrical systems
  • Wheels, rims and tires
  • Human factors
  • Air brakes, hydraulic brakes and electrical brakes
  • Commercial vehicle rollover
  • Roadway evidence and vehicle evidence
  • Onboard computers
  • Speed formulas

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: 49 CFR/North American Out-of-Service Criteria

Chapter 3: Types of Carriers

Chapter 4: Driver Responsibilities

Chapter 5: Driver’s Record of Duty Status

Chapter 6: Commercial Driver’s License Regulations

Chapter 7A: Electrical System

Chapter 7B: Lamp Overview

Chapter 8: Wheels and Rims

Chapter 9: Tires

Chapter 10A: Fuel System and Exhaust System

Chapter 10B: Fire Case (Regeneration Filter)

Chapter 11: Coupling Devices

Chapter 12: Steering Components

Chapter 13: Terminology

Chapter 14: Fundamentals of Compressed Air and Brakes

Chapter 15: The Brake System

Chapter 15A: Hydraulic Brake Systems

Chapter 15B: Electric Brakes

Chapter 15C: Hydraulic Surge Brakes

Chapter 15D: Air Brake System Components

Chapter 15E: Air over Hydraulic Brakes

Chapter 15F: Truck Retarder Systems

Chapter 15G: The Wedge Brake System

Chapter 15H: Brake Chapter Summary

Chapter 16: Vehicle Inspection for Braking Efficiency

Chapter 17: Brake Balance and Timing

Chapter 18: Trailer Design

Chapter 19: Types of Trailers

Chapter 20: Trailer Underride and Rear-End Protection

Chapter 21: Load Securement

Chapter 22: Roadway Evidence

Chapter 23: Vehicle Evidence

Chapter 24: Human Factors

Chapter 25: Off-Tracking

Chapter 26: Vehicle Dynamics

Chapter 27: Commercial Vehicle Rollover

Chapter 28A: Automatic On-Board Recording Devices (AOBRD)

Chapter 28B: ECM and Accident Reconstruction (The Caution Zone)

Chapter 28C: Wireless Communications Equipment

Chapter 28D: Collision Warning Systems and Smart Cruise for Heavy Trucks

Chapter 28E: Vehicle Speed Sensor

Chapter 28F: Questions that Can Be Asked During Testimony

Chapter 28G: ECM Reliability and Concerns

Chapter 28H: Terminology, Acronyms and Definitions for Electronic Data from ECM/ECU/EDR

Chapter 28I: What Components Make a Computer?

Chapter 28J: Commercial Vehicle Documents/Information for Analysis

Chapter 28K: ECM Data Chart

Chapter 29: Other Speed Formulas

Appendix A: Pushrod Force Charts

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