Crash Bytes Newsletter November 2005 2019-11-22T10:19:09-07:00

LINE 'EM UP! PROPER BUMPER PHOTOGRAPHY AND MEASUREMENT

Bumper alignment—and misalignment—is a critical component in Low Velocity Impact analysis. Do the bumpers align in such a way that damage is minimized? Exaggerated? Do the bumpers align such that the damages that are claimed could have occurred as claimed?

Because the answers to these questions can mean the difference in a successful defense against a fraudulent injury claim, properly documenting this evidence becomes crucial. Photographs must not only clearly show the damages claimed, but must also accurately record the bumper dimensions with a measuring rod properly placed in the photo and the camera lens held at the level of the bumper. Below are two examples that clearly show the difference between "right" and "wrong" bumper photography!

Bumper alignment drawing showing screw head imprints on rear of Chevy Cavalier could not have been caused by the impacting vehicle

Case In Point: The front of a 2004 Dodge Grand Caravan impacted the rear of a 1996 Chevy Cavalier. The Claimant vehicle owner insisted that all damage on the rear of her vehicle was caused by the impact, in addition to her serious neck and back problems. Because the photography clearly and accurately documented the bumper dimensions, our vehicle alignment diagram showed the screw head imprints on the Claimant vehicle bumper could not have been caused by the Insured vehicle.

Example of deficient bumper photography and measurement for low velocity impact analysis
Example of proper bumper photography and measurement for low velocity impact analysis

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