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Low Speed Rear-End, Frontal and Lateral Motor Vehicle Accidents


Biomechanics explain injury mechanisms.

Biomechanics is comprised of bio, meaning living tissue and mechanics, the classic engineering study of loading. Biomechanics is the science that deals with the time and space response characteristics of biologic solids, fluids and viscoelastic materials (living tissue) to imposed internal and external forces. It can be classified as engineering studies of mechanics associated with the interface of loads on rigid and nonrigid bodies and the behavior of bodies (physiologic systems) under loading. This white paper reviews the three basic types of loading: tension (pulling), compression (crushing) and shear (smearing).



Mari S. Truman, M.S., P.E.

Mari S. Truman, M.S., P.E.

OrthoBioMech LLC

  • Principal Engineer, OrthoBioMech LLC, also affiliated with Robson Forensic, Inc.
  • Injury Biomechanics and Medical Device Expert
  • Active in new product design and development of orthopedic medical devices in the area of human joint reconstruction, spine and trauma reconstruction
  • Experience also includes directing, analyzing and performing laboratory evaluation of performance characteristics for orthopedic implant and instrumentation systems, and impact testing of the thoracic spine
  • Frequently conducts seminars and workshops related to injury biomechanics and medical devices such as: Soft Tissue Injuries in Low Speed Motor Vehicle Collisions; Biomechanics Review of Injury Claims; Successful Resolution of Medical Equipment and Medical Malpractice Claims; Evidence Pitfalls, Injury Biomechanics & Medical Devices; Rebutting Seatbelt Defense; Motor Vehicle Collision Injuries
  • 32 years of practice, numerous continuing education courses in the fields of orthopedics, and routine attendance at orthopedic, biomechanics, and injury biomechanics symposiums
  • A member of, among others: American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), International Society of Biomechanics (ISB), Orthopedic Research Society (ORS), North American Spine Society (NASS), American Society for Testing and Materials International (ASTM), National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE); Orthopedic Research Society (ORS), and Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)
  • M.S. degree, mechanical engineering, University of Illinois; B.S.E. degree, biomedical engineering, The Catholic University of America
  • Can be contacted at 574-265-1726 or [email protected]

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