Fundamentals of Traffic Crash Reconstruction

Fundamentals of Traffic Crash Reconstruction

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Fundamentals of Traffic Crash Reconstruction
Volume 3 of the Traffic Crash Reconstruction Series

by John Daily, Nathan Shigemura, Jeremy Daily

This textbook is sure to become a “must have” for every reconstructionist. It is a comprehensive resource that features easy to follow discussions, examples and crash tests specifically conducted for this text.

The book is divided into two parts. In Part I, you are given a sound foundation with the mathematical topics and concepts of physics essential for the crash investigator. The topics are presented in a logical progression in order to guide you toward applications involving greater detail and an increased number of factors.

In Part II, you will find in-depth discussions on topics specific to crash reconstruction including, but not limited to, friction and acceleration factors, time-distance relationships, collision analysis using damage momentum, damage energy analysis and even calculus. New to this edition are topics such as spin analysis, rotational mechanics, crash analysis, rollovers, and a stronger emphasis on vectors and vector notation.

This textbook, originally titled Fundamentals of Traffic Accident Reconstruction and published by IPTM in 1988, has been completely revised to provide you with the most topical information available. With over 750 pages, the book contains numerous diagrams, pictures, formulas and examples. In addition, mathematical solutions are solved in both US and SI measurements. Exercises at the end of each chapter will allow you to practice your skills.

About the authors:

John Daily retired after more than 25 years of service with the Teton County Sheriff’s Office in Wyoming. While he was with the sheriff’s office, he attained the rank of sergeant and his assignments included training, patrol and detective work. He was responsible for many aggravated vehicular homicide investigations, not only for his agency but also for other agencies around the state. He joined the IPTM adjunct staff in 1982 and immediately began teaching IPTM’s Advanced Traffic Accident Investigation and the Traffic Accident Reconstruction courses. In 1988 Mr. Daily wrote his first book – Fundamentals of Traffic Accident Reconstruction – which was adopted as the textbook for IPTM’s Traffic Accident Reconstruction course. In 1997, he co-authored with Nathan Shigemura the book titled Fundamentals of Applied Physics for Traffic Accident Investigators, which became Volume 1 of the Traffic Accident Reconstruction Series. Mr. Daily currently owns and manages Jackson Hole Scientific Investigations, Inc. He holds a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University and an MS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wyoming.

Nathan Shigemura retired in 2002 as a sergeant from the Illinois State Police, where his duties included crash investigation instructor, traffic crash reconstructionist and supervisor of the statewide Traffic Crash Reconstruction Unit. As co-owner of the Traffic Safety Group, LLC, a traffic crash reconstruction and analysis company based in Illinois, he remains active as a reconstructionist. Since 1989, Mr. Shigemura has been an adjunct faculty member of IPTM, for whom he continues to teach courses nationwide in all levels of traffic crash investigation and reconstruction. He is the author of Mathematics for the Traffic Accident Investigator and Reconstructionists, published by IPTM in 1996 and co-author with John Daily of Fundamentals of Applied Physics for Traffic Accident Investigators, published by IPTM in 1997. Mr. Shigemura received in 1975 a BS degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering (BSEE) from the University of Illinois, Chicago. He is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstruction (ACTAR).

Dr. Jeremy Daily is a tenured Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma. He is the director of the University of Tulsa’s Crash Reconstruction Research Consortium (, an externally funded project with emphasis on crash testing. He teaches courses on Automotive Design, Mechanisms, Machine Dynamics, Finite Element Analysis, Dynamics, Instrumentation and Measurements, and Vehicle Communication Systems. Before graduating in 2001 from Wright State University in Ohio with a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering, he served six years in the U.S. Air Force, where he maintained flight-line navigation aids and meteorological systems. He received a Ph.D. degree in engineering in June 2006 upon completion of a dissertation based on his research conducted at the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory. Jeremy is John Daily’s son. During college Jeremy Daily started working for his father’s company in Wyoming – Jackson Hole Scientific Investigations, Inc. Dr. Daily has published peer reviewed papers on crash reconstruction through the Society of Automotive Engineers and the Accident Reconstruction Journal. He is a registered Professional Engineer.

Specifications: 768 pages; 8½”x11”; hardcover; Publisher: IPTM, 8th Printing (June 2018)

ISBN 978-1-884566-63-9

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