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In This Issue:
- Feature Article: Inflatable Seatbelt
- New Book: Low Speed Automobile Accidents: Investigation,
Documentation and Case Preparation
- Event Calendar
- Computer Virus Alert: Love Bug and Others
- Welcome New Members
- News You Can Use
- Test Your Skill
- Tip of the Month
- About the ARC Network
***** INTRODUCTION *****
This past month seemed to fly by! The ARC Network has been very
busy updating and reworking sections of the site to make it easier
to use and easier to find the information you are looking for. We
are also very pleased to see the loyalty of our members. We are
just into our second year of membership and have a very high renewal
rate. The ARC Network would like to thank all of its members for
Last month we also received many very nice emails about how the
ARC Network has helped businesses. One in particular email was addressed
to the entire staff and I would like to share it with all of you.
To: The ENTIRE STAFF OF ARC!
I want to take this moment to say how much I appreciate your
ARC site. I would like to explain my situation first of all so
that you can experience the depth of gratitude. I was trained
in Accident Reconstruction in the mid 70's while working as Senior
Traffic Accident Investigator for Mesa Police Department, Mesa,
AZ. In 1980 I moved my family to Anchorage, Alaska and employed
by a Security Company under contract to BP Exploration, Alaska.
During my past 19 years in this capacity I am the Fatality investigator,
instructor, and last word in vehicle accidents. My work site is
located on the northern coast of Alaska at Prudhue Bay, kinda
remote if you will, my point is this: before your site came on
line, I was working in a vacuum, little or no contact to anyone
with my training or background. I had to rely on my past knowledge
with no updated information. Now comes ARC!! With everything I
need to catch up on current information. I feel like I've come
in from the cold to a nice warm room!! Thanks to all of you for
doing a GREAT job with your site!
It is emails like this that really help motivate us to be the
best site for Accident Reconstruction.
We also want to thank all of you for your continued support. Without
you there would be no ARC Network.
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***** FEATURE ARTICLE: Inflatable Seatbelts *****
BFGoodrich Introduces Inflatable Seatbelt to Enhance Passenger
CHARLOTTE, N.C., April 27 /PRNewswire/
-- The BFGoodrich Company (NYSE: GR - news) announces the launch of
SmartBelt(TM) systems -- seat belts that think like airbags.
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While automotive safety advances like anti-lock brakes and airbags
have been helping to save lives for years, it has been quite some
time since a breakthrough safety innovation has been introduced.
It's an aerospace company, BFGoodrich, that's bringing a new technology
to the automotive market with the potential to protect hundreds
upon thousands of drivers and passengers. This patented technology
was originally designed for use in aircraft.
The SmartBelt(TM) systems work with existing vehicle airbags. During
a significant crash, the system rapidly inflates a bladder that
runs the length of the belt from the buckle to the point where it
enters the upper part of the seat or pillar.
The systems are expected to be available to the public within
two years. In initial applications, SmartBelt(TM) systems will provide
added protection in cars for backseat passengers. BFGoodrich expects
the product to become a standard feature in cars and even planes,
trains and school buses within a few years.
SmartBelt(TM) systems were designed by the safety systems division
of BFGoodrich Aerospace. ``The inflatable seatbelt is a giant step
forward for passenger safety because it provides airbag-like qualities
while deploying away from the wearer and then cradling him or her
into the impact,'' said Mike Vecchio, Safety Consultant for BFGoodrich.
Advanced safety benefits of the new technology:
- SmartBelt(TM) systems actually work in concert with airbags
creating additional protection for smaller occupants and especially
children. Because SmartBelt(TM) systems inflate within the first
10 milliseconds of a crash, and airbags deploy after 25-30 milliseconds
the wearer becomes ``prepositioned'' by the SmartBelt(TM) system
to more safely accept the force of the airbag. Therefore the airbag's
ability to protect is optimized.
- In side-impact crashes, SmartBelt(TM) systems out-perform airbags
and seatbelts. Tests have conclusively shown that with SmartBelt(TM)
systems a driver or passenger would sustain considerably less
head injury than if they were using traditional airbag/seatbelt
- SmartBelt(TM) systems offer superior rollover protection, even
- The SmartBelt(TM) system feels just like a traditional seat
belt. And, because it is a seat belt as well as an inflatable
restraint, SmartBelt(TM) systems can be adjusted for comfort and
for maximum protection.
- Seatbelts protect but can also cause pain and in some cases
even severe injury. That's because the force between a body and
a seatbelt can be tremendous, up to 55 times the force of gravity.
SmartBelt(TM) systems provide two benefits to reduce this effect.
Additional cushion for the occupant is provided and force is distributed
over a wider area on the body since the belt's bladder expands
to a full six inches wide.
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***** NEW BOOK: Low Speed Automobile Accidents: Investigation,
Documentation and Case Preparation *****
The ARC Network would like to congratulate two of our members
on their new book, Low Speed Automobile Accidents: Investigation,
Documentation and Case Preparation.
Peter Rast and Robert
Their book is 144 pages and published by Lawyers
Contributing authors: Rick Robertson and Sean Shimada
this book, you will learn to take timely photographs properly and
interpret those photographs for revealing clues. You will learn
how to conduct effective interviews, get the information you need,
and detect when someone is being untruthful or evasive. You will
know how biomechanics and occupant kinematics affect your case.
In the end, you will be better equipped to investigate and document
low speed automobile collisions, reach the appropriate conclusion
and arrive at a fair and just disposition of your case.
Transform an uncertain case into a successful settlement!
- Collision fraud is everyone's problem
- Older than dirt, fraud just won't go away
- Knowing fraud when you see it
- Photographing vehicles and vehicle damage
- Conducting interviews
- Occupant kinematics
- Injury biomechanics
- Interpreting photographs and statements
- Case studies in fraud detection
This book can be ordered by visiting the ARC
Or by visiting Lawyers
and Judges web site.
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***** EVENTS *****
The following are a few of the upcoming events. If you are hosting
an event or know about an event that you would like posted to the
ARC Network, simply email the information to firstname.lastname@example.org
Forensic Sciences & Crime Scene Technology Conference and Exposition
Washington DC Convention Center
For more information visit us at www.frenzyexpo.com,
or call us at 203/445-1224.
Low Speed Collision Conference
Hosted by: The Midwest Association of Technical Accident Investigators
Ramada Inn Conference center in Eau Claire, Wisconsin
For more information e-mail: email@example.com,
or call us at 1-800-839-4713.
Photogrammetry in Accident Reconstruction
For more information about this seminar, click
Current Issues in Using Crash Injury Data
For more information about this seminar, click
Motor Vehicle Crash Reconstruction Conference
For more information please call (800) 847-6487
Also, be sure to attend WREX2000 in September. It will be the
largest accident reconstruction conference to date.
For a list of all events currently on our calendar click
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***** COMPUTER VIRUS ALERT: Love Bug and Others *****
I know this article does not deal with Accident Reconstruction but
I feel it is very important to know about certain virus that can
affect your computer. After all, the computer has become a very
necessary tool to most of us.
Last week an email virus crashed many computers, once again letting
users know that it is critical to have antivirus software and to
be sure the email attachments you are opening are safe. Following
is an article about the virus and links to learn more and get help.
Information security experts warned Congress Wednesday that little
could be done to prevent the outbreak of even worse computer viruses
than the "Love" worm that wreaked havoc on the Internet last week.
"There is a subculture out there that is actively plotting its
next move,'' Harris Miller, president of the Information Technology
Association of America, said in a testimony to the House Science
Committee's panel on technology. "It will be worse next time.''
Love bug copycats already circulating on the Internet left little
doubt that the next big software scourges would ''propagate faster,
do more damage and be more difficult'' to detect and counter, he
Beaucoup billions in damages
Computer Economics, a Carlsbad, Calif.-based research company,
estimated Tuesday the "Love" bug and variants had caused damage
of $6.7 billion since they began spreading as an e-mail attachment
in Asia, savaging computers around the world.
The worm forced many businesses and government agencies -- from
the Pentagon to Britain's Parliament to major companies like Ford
and Lucent -- to take down computer networks for protection and
"We still do not know the full effect of this virus on the agencies
that were penetrated,'' Rhodes said. He cited reports that at least
14 U.S. federal bureaucracies were hit, including the CIA, National
Aeronautics and Space Administration and Department of Energy.
In its original format, the virus spread as a message containing
"ILOVEYOU'' in its subject line. It arrived with an attachment which,
if double-clicked, automatically sent copies of itself to everyone
in the address book of Microsoft Outlook.
The bug also deleted pictures, video and music files and installed
a password-stealing program, Rhodes testified. Internet accounts
set up to collect this information in the Philippines, the focus
of an ongoing criminal probe, reportedly were disabled Friday.
*Another virus that started circulating on May 10 had the subject
line Fwd: Joke
All variants of the Virus can be found by visiting http://www.zdnet.com/zdhelp/stories/main/0,5594,2562929,00.html
How to detect, prevent and fix it: http://www.zdnet.com/downloads/toolkits/antivirus/iloveyou.html
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***** NEW MEMBERS *****
The ARC Network is proud to announce our newest members and 2nd
The ARC Network hosts an Expert
Directory that allows accident reconstruction professionals
to list their company and services to everyone that visits the site.
In addition, the ARC Network refers all professionals interested
in retaining the services of accident reconstruction experts to
our Expert Directory.
To JOIN the ARC Network and be listed in the EXPERT DIRECTORY
visit the following links:
Along with other services, the ARC Network helps accident reconstruction
organizations optimize their online presence. For a minimal cost
we build and host a professional web site for your organization
and help to promote membership, events and activities directly through
the web site. We provide participating organizations with a discussion
forum, news and events section, membership information, organization
information along with electronic distribution of newsletters and
web site content updates.
For information on how your organization can participate with
the ARC Network click here
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***** WREX2000 *****
It is getting closer to the largest Accident Reconstruction conference
to date. Be sure to be a part of the extraordinary event. The event
is co-hosted by 22 Non-profit AI/AR organizations.
There is also going to be a vendor night where you have the opportunity
to meet and speak with many companies that make up the accident
reconstruction industry. There will also be some great prizes given
The ARC Network has donated 2 Platinum Memberships to be given
away at the conference.
NOW is the time to register for WREX2000 and book your travel
and room accommodations! Rooms are going fast! Registration prices
will increase the longer you wait!
For more information click here
IN ADDITION: The California Association of Accident Reconstruction
Specialists (CA2RS), which is a participating member of the ARC
Network, is offering a contest to its members. The prize will be
a WREX2000 registration paid by CA2RS. If you haven't looked into
joining this organization you are missing out. For more information
on how to join CA2RS and about their organization please visit:
CAARS Web Site
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***** NEWS YOU CAN USE *****
A very popular section of the ARC Network is our News service.
We update the web site daily with headline news that relates directly
to the Accident Reconstruction Industry. Below are the "top 5" news
articles for the month of April 2000.
Click the URL or copy and paste it into your browser to read the
April 19, 2000: The Safety
Forum Reports on 'The Watchdog's' Seat Belt Buckle Gathering
April 19, 2000: Report Reflects
Advancements in Crash Modeling; AISI Issues Report On Improved Crash
Modeling Using Dynamic Material Properties
April 16, 2000: Eos Systems
announces the Beta release of PhotoModeler Pro 4.0
April 12, 2000: Subaru Legacy
Earns Top Rating in Latest Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
High Speed Crash Tests
April 5, 2000: DaimlerChrysler's
Active Night Vision Technology Improves Night Driving
For all Headline news located in the ARC Network, Click
In addition, DATELINE NBC ran a couple specials dealing with crash
- See how some popular mid-size cars fared in the Insurance Institute's
- Train Wreck: New crash test aims to improve safety
To view that information on line plus other DATELINE specials
and crash tests, click here
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***** TEST YOUR SKILL *****
Here are this months questions:
- An auto slides sideways into a curb and becomes airborne. The
horizontal distance of the vault is 56 feet. The drop in elevation
is 3 feet 6 inches. Determine the minimum take-off speed.
- A sports car is attempting to pass a truck when the sports car
collides head-on with another vehicle. The sports car, which was
found in third gear, had a 4-speed transmission. Examination of
the tachometer reveals a needle "whip" mark at 3400 rpm. Given
that the sports car has a transmission ratio (3rd gear) of 1.00,
an axle ratio of 3.25, and a drive wheel diameter of 23 inches,
use the needle mark to estimate the impact speed of the sports
for the answers.
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***** TIP OF THE MONTH *****
This month's tip of the month isn't really a tip, but a favor to
the ARC Network.
Part of the revenue to keep the ARC Network running is our advertising
revenue. Companies pay the ARC Network a fee based on the number
of people who visit the site, how many times their advertising banner
appears on the site and how many people click on the banners. It
is a very important revenue for us.
To help us we would like to ask 2 favors, one being that you tell
others about the ARC Network and second is to click on some of the
banners that might interest you. There really are some good deals
out there and some links to very useful sites. It only takes a couple
of seconds and you can always use the "back" button on your browser
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Some of the banners that are currently running include:
So the next time you are visiting the ARC Network, click a few banners.
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ABOUT THE ARC NETWORK
The ARC Network stands for Accident Reconstruction Communications
Network. We are a web-based professional organization specifically
for accident reconstruction and accident investigation. Located
on the Internet at www.AccidentReconstruction.com, the ARC Network
provides its users with a multitude of communication and research
tools that aid in the efficiency and effectiveness of daily case
The ARC Network is created as a "community" which has a look,
feel and functionality that individuals and businesses within the
industry of accident reconstruction can immediately recognize. Equally
important, it is simple, easy to use, and has a low barrier to entry,
which is, no new hardware, proprietary software, or other up-front
costs. The ARC Network allows users to enter the web site specifically
designed for them and their industry and retrieve the information
they want as quickly as possible.
Along with daily industry news, an events calendar, a comprehensive
research directory, crash test data, a bookstore, a training section
and an interactive online discussion forum, the ARC Network also
maintains a professional accident reconstruction expert directory.
Attorneys, insurance agencies and other professional companies use
the expert directory to locate and retain qualified experts.
We hope that you will see the benefit of having one Internet web
site that you can visit to obtain the information you need.
ADVERTISING WITH THE ARC NETWORK
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The ARC Network offers advertising solutions to anyone interested
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