### An Analytical Assessment of the Critical Speed Formula

and the speed is referred to as the critical speed v c. Equation 4 with an equal sign is often referred to as the Critical Speed Formula as used in the field accident reconstruction and written as: v c = %&&&f g R = %&&&15f R (5) The first form of Eq 5 is valid for any consistent set of units; the second gives a speed of miles per hour if R is ...