Hi, I am William (Bill) Edmonds, owner of CRASH FACTS. I am a decorated and honorably retired Deputy Sheriff with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department with over 21 years of service. Sixteen years were directly related to Traffic Collision Investigations and reconstructions. My first 10 years were as a Patrol Traffic Deputy actively investigating and reconstructing traffic collisions, writing tickets, and backing-up and assisting criminal cars. I was then selected to be a member of the Traffic Services Detail.
The Traffic Services Detail was 4 Deputies and 1 Sergeant; we were all assigned to the Traffic Collision Response Team. As a member, we were responsible for 24 hour-a-day call-out for County vehicles or Deputy involved serious injury or fatal collisions or when there was a possibility of County litigation involvement anywhere in Southern California. We also assisted any City within Los Angeles county when additional expertise was needed and requested.
I instructed at the Sheriff's Training And Regional Services (STARS) Center in all areas of Traffic Training for both Recruit and In-Service Training.
I have also instructed Nationally for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the National Sheriff's Association in the area of Driving Under the Influence (DUI), Standardized Field Sobriety Testing, Safety Belt Usage, and Enforcement, and the Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) Program.
I have also instructed for the National Institute of Forensic Studies in the areas of Minor Impact (Low-Speed) collisions and Occupant Kinematics (the movement of bodies with an applied force).
During my own business, I have performed Investigations and/or Reconstructions for such companies as AAA, Allstate, AIG, E-Surance, Farmers, Federated Mutual, Fred Loya, Geico, GMAC, The Hartford, Progressive, Prudential, Safeco, Scottsdale, State Farm, 21st Century, Travelers and Zurich.
Between the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and my own business, in the past 40+ years, I have Investigated and/or Reconstructed more than 9,000 collisions.
Recipient of the Unit Commanders Citation, Legendary Lawman Award, Exemplary Service Award, and Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Deputy Emeritus Commendation.
I have personally been involved with the testing of 55 low-speed collisions (ranging from 3 to 10 miles per hour) with human volunteers, with no reported injuries.
However, unless the tested individuals fall within the test's narrow categories and parameters, there could be a potential for injury.