A study of the reconstruction of accidents and crime scenes through computational experiments

S. J. Park, S. W. Chae, S. H. Kim, K. M. Yang, H. S. Chung

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Recently, with an increase in the number of studies of the safety of both pedestrians and passengers, computer software, such as MADYMO, Pam-crash, and LS-dyna, has been providing human models for computer simulation. Although such programs have been applied to make machines beneficial for humans, studies that analyze the reconstruction of accidents or crime scenes are rare. Therefore, through computational experiments, the present study presents reconstructions of two questionable accidents. In the first case, a car fell off the road and the driver was separated from it. The accident investigator was very confused because some circumstantial evidence suggested the possibility that the driver was murdered. In the second case, a woman died in her house and the police suspected foul play with her boyfriend as a suspect. These two cases were reconstructed using the human model in MADYMO software. The first case was eventually confirmed as a traffic accident in which the driver bounced out of the car when the car fell off, and the second case was proved to be suicide rather than homicide.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5717-5722
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Modern Physics B
Issue number31-32
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Dec 30


  • Accident reconstruction
  • Computational experiments
  • Crime scene

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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