1+1>2: Simulating Occupant Dynamics in a Vehicle Crash

Category: Press Article

Publication: Paralegal Press, Summer 2024

Author: Geoffrey Desmoulin

Summary: Vehicle collision simulation software is commonly used to reconstruct the collision scene and define vehicle dynamics. However, it is difficult to precisely reconstruct the occupants’ dynamics and therefore typically requires multiple assumptions to understand the injury solely based on vehicle dynamics.

The combined use of vehicle simulation software and occupant simulation software reduces the number of assumptions needed and can accurately simulate occupant dynamics under various conditions. A recent case involving a complicated vehicle collision illustrates how the outputs of vehicle dynamics simulation can be used to drive the occupant’s dynamics simulation in an additional software package specific to occupants’ injury verification.