Staged and genuine collisions examined

Staged and genuine collisions examined

The difference between fraudulent staged accidents and genuine accidents will be assessed at the Crash Test and Research day, which will be attended by The Assessor magazine on 20 June.

Organised by The Institute of Traffic Accident Investigators (ITAI) and co-sponsored by e2e Total Loss Vehicle Management, the day will take place at Bruntingthorpe Airfield and Proving Ground in Leicestershire in front of traffic accident investigators and members of the vehicle manufacturing, vehicle repair, bodyshop, insurance and fleet markets

The data collected is valuable when considering damage consistency in claims where fraud is suspected. Equally in rear end collisions the database of damage gives an indicator of the velocity change, helping medical experts determine the likelihood of genuine whiplash injuries.

The event will also include a series of crashes with identical configurations, using the same type of vehicle, at speeds varying from 40 to 90 mph, and there will also be a series of crash tests between Mopeds and cars.

Chair of the ITAI, Jon Stubbs, said, 'Each year the Crash Test and Research Day evolves and this year's event will deliver new 'firsts' in understanding what we can learn from damage patterns evident in crashed vehicles. Vehicle design is constantly progressing and our purpose in holding this day annually is to educate traffic accident investigators, inform where appropriate on safety and provide latest insights to the various sectors involved with traffic accidents and their impact.'

The ITAI will be releasing imagery and results after the event. For more details contact Ian White (

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