• Question: is your job of finding out the story of the person who has died a hadrd job? i've thought about taking it up as an option for my future but im not so sure?

    Asked by ewok to Mark on 25 Mar 2011 in Categories: .
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      Mark Hill answered on 25 Mar 2011:

      Hi Ewok,

      Yes it can be difficult to work out exactly what happened. I explain in lectures that my investigations are like looking down a long corridor, with lots of doors. I open each one in turn and look into the room – each room represents a different causation factor, such as mechanical defect, driver illness, drink/drugs, road surface, other road user action, weather, etc.. As I look in and decide that that factor didn’t feature, then I close the door and move on, eliminating each cause, until I usually have a couple of reasons left. So it is a process of elimination, down to those reasons that I cannot eliminate.

      It is a challenging job, but is very rewarding and interesting. Each crash is different and there is never a dull moment.

      If you like science, and forensic science, go for it. Good luck.

      Thank you.