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Vehicle Data – The final answer or just the beginning

February 26, 2018

Does the “black box” in a vehicle hold all the answers or does it precipitate more questions? Most vehicles on the road today have an event data recorder (EDR), and the number of EDRs...

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Staged Motor Vehicle Collisions

January 23, 2018

Auto insurance fraud has been a problem for years. According to a report prepared for the Insurance Bureau of Canada in 2012 , auto insurance fraud in Ontario alone was estimated at up to $1.6...

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The New Normal

May 23, 2017

Sitting back and letting the cars do the driving Imagine this - you grab your morning coffee and newspaper, hop into your car, recline the seat and hit the...

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Now You See Me, Now You Don’t

April 26, 2017

Have you ever wondered why a driver couldn’t avoid hitting a pedestrian crossing the road at a marked crossing? What about the driver who was going full speed and rear-ended the...

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EDR - "The Black Box"

March 23, 2017

In the insurance community, the term “black box” has been commonly used to refer to a vehicle’s Event Data Recorder (EDR). The EDR is a recording device found in some vehicles, which...

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Snap, Crackle or Pop

January 17, 2017

Causes of fluid leaks and their contributions to vehicle fires Hoses and tubes are used extensively throughout vehicle engine compartments and undercarriages. They...

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Does the Helmet Pass the Test?

June 17, 2016

Studies conducted annually over the last decade in the U.S. have shown that on average one sixth, with up to one quarter...

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Just a Phone Call Away

May 17, 2016

Technology is quickly changing the way the insurance industry does business these days. E-mail communication and online claim submissions are becoming the norm, while telephone calls are becoming less prevalent in our day-to-day work. Still,...

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Sideswipe Accidents

April 20, 2016

You hate it when it happens. You’re driving through a shopping mall parking lot when someone pulls out of a stall. Their bumper...

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Tire Failure

July 16, 2015

The rubber tire, which first appeared around the mid 1800’s, has evolved from a simple rubber covered tube of...

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Air Bag Modules

June 16, 2015

Most vehicles on the road today have air bags. These air bag systems have modules that monitor the vehicle and deploy the air bags when needed. In addition to controlling the air bag systems, these...

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Forensic Analysis of Smart Phones

May 14, 2015

Advances in Tracking Driver Behaviour In today’s age of technology, we have come to accept that our every-day activities are being monitored more closely in public. This...

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Child Car Seat Safety

April 20, 2015

While motor vehicle collisions (MVC) remain the leading cause of death and injury of Canadian children, the risk of death and injury can be significantly mitigated through the proper use, fit, and vehicle compatibility of...

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The Impact of Aluminum on the Automotive Industry

September 16, 2014

Aluminum: The New Heavyweight in Vehicle Manufacturing How the new surge of investment into all-aluminum car bodies by manufacturers will affect forensic investigations, and the insurance industry. ...

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Does Size Matter?

August 21, 2014

How do small vehicles measure up when it comes to safety? “What is the safest car to buy?” This is a common question when considering what kind of car to buy. Unfortunately there is...

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GPS Navigation

July 17, 2014

Advances in technology are providing another avenue of investigation.   Global Positioning System, or GPS, is a term that most of us have heard before, and most of...

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Chrysler Recall

April 02, 2014

Chrysler Recall Of Grand Cherokee, Dodge Durango Hits Canada From the Canadian Press DETROIT - Chrysler is recalling nearly 870,000 SUVs, including 42,380 in Canada, because corrosion may make...

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The Clues to Solving a Pedestrian Crash

February 13, 2014

Imagine a clear day on a straight stretch of highway. A sixteen year old is driving at the posted speed limit of 100 km/h when the front tire blows out. The driver pulls over onto...

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Roundabout way to going through an intersection

November 21, 2013


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Detecting Hazards While Driving

October 01, 2013

Distracted driving. We’ve all heard the term, and usually associate it with those who drive while talking on their mobile phones. But distracted driving includes much more as there are many other distractions...

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Could this new device allow a hacker to take over your car?

July 24, 2013

You have heard of hackers. Those shady people who crack into banks, create worms that send spam from your email account. They are the reason you password protect your accounts and watch for security symbols...

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What’s in a Skid Mark?

June 20, 2013

For those of you who have dealt with Accident Reconstruction Reports or have worked in motor vehicle accident claims, you may have heard terms like skid marks, yaw marks, or tire marks related to a...

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When Railway Crossings Go Wrong – It can get ugly

February 11, 2013

Most people can visualize what would happen if a fully loaded tractor-trailer were to collide with a Toyota Corolla. The bigger vehicle would almost always win....

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NHTSA gets White House OK to mandate vehicle ’black boxes’

December 20, 2012

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is expected to finalize a long-awaited proposal to make event data recorders standard on all new vehicles.This is the first step in ensuring that all vehicles have...

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The Evolution of the Airbag

September 24, 2012

Often we take for granted the technologies that make our lives safer, especially those that we may not always see....

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Finally Applying Trigonometry to the Real World

July 05, 2012

This article is aimed at introducing the concept of photogrammetry, both what it is and how it can be applied to forensic investigations. Photogrammetry is defined by Merriam-Webster as “the science of making reliable measurements...

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Changes in Alberta’s Driving Legislation: Reducing Risk on the Road

April 17, 2012

At some point in your driving career, I’m sure you’ve cursed some “punk kid” for an aggressive or ‘not so courteous’ driving maneuver. Or perhaps lately...

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US study finds hand-free driving is still cause for distraction

December 16, 2011

When someone is talking to you, your brain is listening, processing and thinking about what is being said – even if you are in the driver’s seat trying to concentrate on traffic. That is...

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Dodge Ram Steering Under Investigation

May 18, 2011

Owners complain about violent shimmy, front end failures Serious safety concerns are being raised by owners of late-model Dodge Ram trucks — in complaints to government — over a problem automotive experts and consumers...

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Toyota Recalls RAV4 and Highlander on Curtain Airbag Sensor

April 25, 2011

Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A., Inc., has announced a voluntary safety recall of around 308,000 2007-2008 model year RAV4 and certain 2008 Highlander and Highlander HV. The recall is to replace the airbag sensor assembly, the...

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Expert Extremely Worried About Distracted Driving

April 01, 2011

Listen to recorded radio interview with Paul Green about distracted driving. Also, view news clip where Paul Green comments on how technology can improve things for drivers.;jsessionid=728DB945CBC7FAA468F0C333ABE4032C?id=57 - Paul Green is...

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Red light cameras proven to reduce fatal crashes at intersections: IIHS

February 02, 2011

Red light cameras decreased the number of vehicles running red lights by 24%, adding up to 74 fewer fatal red light running crashes, and saving approximately 83 lives, reported the Insurance Institute for...

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