Biomechanics

The study of injury is central to the practice of failure analysis and accident reconstruction. Often accidents and product failures are accompanied by human injury or death. Investigation of these failures and accidents involves not only the examination of broken mechanical parts but also the examination of the physical evidence present in the injuries caused by the accident.

Principia’s staff applies extensive knowledge of engineering, biology and medicine to understand the cause and severity of injuries. This is accomplished through examination of the forces and motions experienced on the human body during an incident and comparing that to the broad knowledge of human injury tolerances.

Some representative areas of expertise include:

  • Injury Mechanisms
  • Occupant Motion in Automobile Accidents
  • General Human Dynamics
  • Injury Potential in Automobile Accidents
  • Restraint Systems
  • Bicycle and Motorcycle Accident Injuries
  • Occupational Injuries
  • Recreation and Sports Injuries
  • Slip, Trips and Falls

Our consulting staff is experienced in the use of computer modeling in biomechanics for injury analysis and general human dynamics. In conjunction with the Accident Reconstruction service area, we analyze the human’s overall role in a case, from injury severity and likelihood to accident causation.