Fundamentals of Statistics for Traffic Crash Reconstruction

Fundamentals of Statistics for Traffic Crash Reconstruction

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Fundamentals of Statistics for Traffic Crash Reconstruction

by Andrew Rich and Michelle Fish-Rich

This book was written to provide traffic crash reconstructionists with the basic underlying principles, and practical useful application of statistics, that may be directly applied to their investigations. The authors provide all of the necessary tools needed to accurately calculate crash data and analysis, including help for those who wish to use Microsft Excel® in their calculations. Examples and exercises, many of which are directly related to traffic crash reconstruction, are used throughout the text to demonstrate situations where the analysis could be applied in the field. Reconstructionists will consult this manual often to assist them as they encounter similar situations in their careers.

About the Authors:

Andrew Rich is a principal for Rich Consulting LLC, which is based in Fairlawn, Ohio. Rich Consulting provides traffic crash reconstruction consulting services for the legal community and training for the traffic crash reconstruction community. Mr. Rich retired after a twenty-five year career in law enforcement, the last fourteen of which were spent as a detective for the Bergen County (NJ) Prosecutor’s Office in the Fatal Accident Investigation Unit. Mr. Rich holds a degree in mechanical engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and is accredited in crash reconstruction by the Accreditation Commission for Traffic Crash Reconstruction (ACTAR). Mr. Rich has published many peer-reviewed papers and a book about various topics in traffic crash reconstruction. Mr. Rich is an adjunct instructor for the Institute of Police Technology and Management (IPTM), at the University of North Florida, for whom he teaches Applied Physics, Accident Reconstruction Update, Event Data Recorder for Traffic Crash Reconstruction, Advanced Event Data Recorder, GPS Forensic Investigations and Energy Methods and Damage Analysis. He is also a contracted test engineer for the University of Tulsa Crash Reconstruction Research Consortium for whom he assists with full-scale crash testing. He has experience testifying as an expert in municipal and superior court in the subjects of crash reconstruction, taking measurements, mechanical engineering and the effects of weather on roadway moisture. Mr. Rich lectures regularly at various traffic crash reconstruction conferences throughout the year.

Michelle Fish-Rich currently serves as a Trooper with the Ohio State Highway Patrol and is a principal of Rich Consulting LLC, which is based in Fairlawn, Ohio. Mrs. Fish-Rich holds degrees in Criminal Justice and Biology and has completed over 800 hours of crash reconstruction training including Applied Physics, Energy Methods and Damage Analysis and Event Data Recorder for Traffic Crash Reconstruction. Mrs. Fish-Rich is currently attending the University of Akron (Ohio) where she is completing the requirements for a degree in mechanical engineering.

Specifications: 263 pages; 8½”x11”; coil bound; Publisher: IPTM (May 2014)

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