Driver Actions

Our experts in driver performance earned their doctorate degrees studying the capabilities and limitations of human performance. They have directed additional research in driver simulation laboratories involving driver distractions and impairment. They have also spearheaded research projects involving driver visibility and perception-reaction time in inclement weather conditions.

scientific analysis of driver performance

A scientific analysis of driver performance is possible through the application of human factors principles. Our experts apply these principles within the specific context of a crash to determine if a driver’s actions were reasonable and appropriate given the situation they encountered.


Drivers must remain attentive and observant behind the wheel. They not only encounter motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians, but they must also contend with the hazards of construction zones, volatile weather conditions, poor lighting conditions, and impaired drivers.

When crashes occur and injuries are serious, our experts in driver performance are often retained to review the actions of a driver within the specific context of a case. Our investigations can include specific aspects of human performance, such as perception-reaction time, visibility and conspicuity, and risk perception. These factors are interpreted within the environmental framework of the incident, including roadway lighting levels and conditions, meteorological conditions, guidance provided by roadways and signage, and with consideration for traffic patterns leading up to and at the scene of the incident.

A driver performance analysis is typically used to evaluate if a driver behaved in a reasonable and appropriate manner with consideration for the limitations of human performance within complex environmental conditions.


Robson Forensic offers a fully appointed mechanical testing laboratory to assist our clients with the inspection and storage of evidence related to vehicle crash cases. Our lab facilities can accommodate evidence as large as complete vehicles, as well as smaller vehicle components or traffic guidance devices. Visit our Mechanical Testing Laboratory page for more information.


Call or submit an inquiry to tell us about your case. Once we determine which expert is best qualified to assist, we will put you in direct contact.

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