The Role of Visibility, Attention & Memory in Accidents

Cranial X-rays on a medical tray. Exponent examines human performance issues and behaviors in accident causation.

What types of human behaviors contribute to accidents and injuries?

If your accident investigation doesn't consider whether there are contributing human factors like cognition, perception, and behavior, you're likely not going to get the complete picture of how and why accidents occur. Exponent scientists and engineers conduct thorough research to examine the role that human performance issues and behaviors may have played in accident causation.

Examining internal and external factors contributing to accidents

Exponent's team investigates both human performance and circumstantial issues that are key considerations in investigations, including visual and auditory perceptions, reaction time, attention or distraction, and fatigue; environmental aspects such as weather, lighting, and background noise; and operator traits like age, strength, size, and experience.

Exponent's extensive investigations yield evidence-based insights into the ways humans interact with products, technology, and systems, as well as what internal and external factors may have been at play during an accident. Our human factors scientists and engineers are uniquely qualified to analyze the behavioral traits and capabilities of people in different roles, including operators, pedestrians, drivers, and eyewitnesses.

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