Do you need to establish:

  • How has the damage to a crucial vehicle component occurred?
  • Did the damage occur during the accident, or at some earlier stage?
  • Is the damage likely to have caused inability to control the vehicle?
  • Should the driver or operator have been aware of the damage?
  • Has there been malicious damage to the component?


Primary Safety (items that affect control of the vehicle)

  • Tyres & Wheels
  • Steering
  • Suspension
  • Brakes
  • Trailer couplings


Secondary Safety (items that protect the vehicle occupants)

  • Seat belts and pre-tensioners


Other (items that provide conspicuity or information for the driver)

  • Light bulbs
  • Speedometers and other instruments
Damage following tread delamination and detachment
The aftermath of a wheel detachment from a lorry
SEM view showing glass fragments fused onto a hot filament when the bulb was smashed open