Biomechanics is an engineering discipline focused on study of the “mechanics” of living organisms. As it relates to motor vehicle accidents and personal injuries, biomechanics encompasses human anatomy, kinematics, kinetics, and kinesiology of vehicle occupants and/or pedestrians involved in collisions. Biomechanical analyses bridge the gap between accident reconstruction and injury causation, mechanism, and probability. Injury biomechanics builds on engineering and physics principles with knowledge of human anatomy, physiology, and injury tolerance.

Our biomechanical experts assess the physical evidence and medical information using the latest technology and relevant research (including our very own). Our unique peer-review process results in the most science-backed expert opinion regarding your injury questions.

MVA-related Injuries

Slip/Trip and Fall & Other Personal Injuries

When injury claims arise following a motor vehicle collision, it can be tricky to separate fact from fiction. Our court-tested biomechanical assessments can help get answers to questions such as: Were impact forces great enough to cause injury? Could the injury have resulted from this incident? Was the occupant wearing a seat belt? Would a seat belt have mitigated the injury? Who was sitting where?

MVA biomechanical assessments we can conduct include:
  • Impact of crash severity on occupants 
  • Injury probability
  • Occupant movement (kinematics)
  • Mechanism of injury
  • Usage of safety equipment (i.e. seat belts)
  • Seat belt effectiveness
  • Helmet effectiveness
  • Identification of positioning of occupants (who was seated where)

Investigations of slip/trip and fall or other personal injury incidents are multidisciplinary, as they combine knowledge from biomechanics (the gait cycle), mechanical engineering (taking the appropriate measurements of surfaces, slip index or discontinuities), and civil engineering (understanding the relevant codes and standards that apply to the location of the incident). Our biomechanical team are experts in the human gait cycle, trip hazard identification, and fully trained and certified in the use of the Excel Variable Incidence Tribometer (slip index measurement tool).

Common personal injury biomechanical assessments we can conduct include:
  • Surface slipperiness (slip testing)
  • Slip and fall assessment
  • Trip and fall assessment
  • Other personal injuries, such as amusement ride, theme park, playground, and industrial incidents
  • Building code compliance

MVA & Slip/Trip Fall Assessment Experts

Our biomechanical assessment services are available in all Canadian provinces and territories, and even internationally, to assist you in making efficient and data-driven decisions when handling your claims and cases.

Email or call us at 1-800-263-6351 for a custom biomechanics report quote

Why choose Kodsi Forensic Engineering for MVA and Non-MVA Biomechanical assessments?


Biomechanics Educational Resources

The Future of Injury Biomechanics

How do occupants move inside a vehicle during a crash, and how will driverless vehicles affect MVA injuries?

Investigations of Slip/Trip and Fall Incidents

Learn about the typical gait cycle and how we investigate slip/trip and fall incidents.

The Effect on Occupant Motion when Striking a Moving vs. Stationary Vehicle

Learn about post-collision dynamics when the occupant is in a moving VS stationary vehicle, and how it affects their motion.

The Driver In Question: Who was really driving?

Sometimes after a collision has occurred, there is an uncertainty around who was actually driving at the time of the crash. Find out how forensics can help.

The Airbag Deployment Decision

Read our blog article where we explore the factors that affect the EDR’s decision of hether or not to deploy an airbag.

Measuring Slip Resistance

Learn about the XL Tribometre we use to measure how slippery a surface is.

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