Vehicles / Crash Reconstruction
Our Vehicles and Crash Reconstruction Group includes Vehicle, Highway, and Human Factors Experts supported by our Tires, Materials, Biomechanical, Illumination, Meteorology, and Fire/Explosion Experts. The input of all these Experts provides the needed information for our Crash Reconstruction Experts to perform complex crash reconstruction analyses and provide demonstrative evidence for courtroom testimony. These Experts have analyzed all types of crashes involving cars, trucks, trailers, buses, recreational vehicles, motorcycles, bicycles, boats, ATV’s, and pedestrians.
Our Vehicle Experts, including Automotive, Mechanical, and Electrical Engineers, have analyzed, designed, manufactured, tested, and operated vehicles and their components. These experts can determine how the vehicle initiated or contributed to the severity of crashes. They are experts in steering, suspension, brakes, electrical/controls/lighting, seats, airbags, seat belts, structural components, fuel systems, “black boxes,” and crashworthiness.
Our Highway Experts include Civil and Structural Engineers with design, construction, and maintenance experience for roads (including slopes, banks, surfaces), bridges, guardrails/barriers/medians, lighting, drainage, and traffic controls. They can determine if the existing highway conditions, including work zone safety, contributed to the initiation or the severity of the crash.
Our Human Factors Experts can evaluate driver fatigue; operator perception and reaction; and actual or possible avoidance maneuvers, to determine their effects on the initiation or severity of the crash.
Our Tire Experts can determine if tires were defective or were damaged in the crash, and also the all-important interaction between the tires and the vehicle. Likewise, our Materials Experts can evaluate damaged vehicle components to determine 1) if they initiated or were a result of the crash and 2) the likely method of failure (e.g. fatigue, corrosion, etc).
Our Biomechanical Experts can evaluate crash forces and render an opinion about crash severity from a biomechanical viewpoint. They can examine the forces acting on the human body and predict how the body will react to those forces. Finally, they can render opinions concerning likely types of injuries that could result from a crash and the specific mechanics of those injuries.
Our Illumination and Meteorology Experts can evaluate how poor lighting and/or weather conditions could have contributed to the crash.
Our Fire/Explosion Investigators can inspect the vehicle and the vehicle site to determine if a fire or explosion caused the crash, or were the results of the crash. Electrical, fuel, and other vehicle components can be inspected and tested to determine if they were the origin and cause of the fire or explosion. They can also evaluate whether the fire or explosion, including carbon monoxide exposure, contributed to the severity of any injuries or deaths.
Finally, we have the trained and certified automotive technicians to inspect, tow, test, disassemble (with photography), and provide secured storage for any vehicle or component.
|First Name||Last Name||Title||CV Abstract|
|John M.||Agosti, CFEI||Fire & Explosion Investigator||Structure fires; vehicle fires; fire deaths/injuries: evidence collection and spoliation; witness interviews; still and video photography; building and fire codes, including fire/building code violations; life safety code violations; smoke, fire, carbon dioxide detector and alarm issues; fire spread issues; fire sprinklers, walls, and doors.; fire exits and illumination; fire prevention analysis; fire department practices, including fire department operations/practices/management; firefighter deaths/injuries/safety; origin and make initial determination of cause including structures, vehicles, equipment, and marine; insurance claims and criminal cases involving theft, fires, fraud, and conspiracies to commit arson; electrocutions; investigation of bombings and incendiary fires; boiler and furnace fires/explosions; LP and natural gas fires/explosions; kitchen range fires; spontaneous combustions; electrical fires, including automobile, truck, boats, and equipment; fireplace, flue, and chimney fires; home appliance fires; industrial fires and explosions.|
|David A.||Bade, PE||Civil Engineer||Licensed Engineer in Michigan
Construction practice; commercial, retail and industrial building design and construction; hoist, rigging, crane design, operations, and supervision; building, highway and heavy civil construction; job site safety; supervision of construction trade labor; bridges; excavations and deep shaft construction; form work, bracing, rigging and shoring systems; road widening; intersection improvements; water and sewage treatment facilities; underground utility, pipeline, mass excavation and open-cut trenching; wetlands and flood plains investigations; shallow and deep foundation systems; building and land development; tunnels, caissons, cofferdams; earth embankments, dams, retaining walls, earth fill, landfills; structural concrete; water intrusion; environmental assessments; traffic assessments; tower design; road messaging systems; construction estimates; asphalt and concrete paving; concrete parking structures.
|John G.||Barnes||Trucking Industry Expert||Truck insurance underwriting; coverage form and claims; trucking operations; driver manuals; driver hiring practices; FMCSA compliance; safety audits; monitoring of safety and maintenance programs; driver training; commercial insurance; trucking practices; trucking policies and supervision; over-the-road truck driving and operations; truck and parts purchasing; truck repair and towing; snow removal.|
|James E.||Barnhart, PE||Civil Engineer & Bridge Expert||Licensed Engineer in Ohio, West Virginia
Construction practice including bridge and highway design, construction, repair, maintenance, inspection, and demolition; concrete technology including production, preparation, installation, finishing, testing, maintenance, and repairs; bridge technology instructor; insurance investigator.
|Timothy A.||Dimoff, CCP, LPI||Security, Safety, and Police Expert||Security, safety, and police procedures; security systems planning, management, and evaluation; crime foreseeability; standards of care; causation issues; use of force; police pursuits; jail incidents; weapons use; failure to protect; drug and alcohol policies and testing; dram shop liability; corporate internal investigations; labor disputes and strikes; management training and development; security assessment and vulnerability issues; pre-employment screening and background checks; sexual harassment; workplace violence; crises management; executive security; human resource issues; corporate security; management training/employee education; arrest procedures; use of force/self defense/escalation of force; vehicle pursuit procedures; narcotics investigations/enforcement; patrol procedures; traffic enforcement procedures; accident investigations; internal investigation procedures; alternative weapons use; defensive driving; electronic restraint devices; aerosol projectors; martial arts; K-9 handler and trainer; DOT training; crack houses; clandestine labs; search warrants; dock and warehouse theft; fraud investigations; school violence and prevention.|
|Duane F.||Dunlap, PE||Mechanical Engineer and Roadway & Railway Expert||Licensed Engineer in Michigan
Roadway and railways including design, installation, maintenance and usage; highway and railroad safety; operations research; mechanics; accident reconstruction including large trucks; railroad/highway crossing accidents; driver sound detection capabilities; roadside signage and signals; roadside structures including guardrails, signposts, impact attenuators, earthen median dikes and barrier curbs; tire/road traction research including studded tires; influence of highway curves and grades; vehicle handling characteristics; collision avoidance maneuvers; conspicuity and lighting systems; vehicle and locomotive braking characteristics; train crew actions; traffic engineering; human factors; warnings; locomotive whistle characteristics; driving task analysis; pedestrian, bicycle, and motorcycle safety and accidents.
|Lisa||Ferrara, D. Eng||Biomedical Engineer||Musculoskeletal injuries, brain injuries, soft tissue injuries, trauma induced injuries, spinal disorders and the biomechanics of spinal trauma. Biomechanical behavior of the brain, head injuries, defective helmets and associated brain injuries, spinal injuries, etiologies that affect the central nervous system, sensory loss, child abuse, shaken baby syndrome, and the effects of substance abuse on the brain.|
|John||Frackelton, ASE, MVIC, SSC||Motorcycle, ATV, and Snowmobile Expert||Motorcycle, ATV, and snowmobile operations and functions; crash reconstruction; steering, suspension, tires, wheels, and brakes; operator performance evaluations; mechanical, structural, materials, and electrical system malfunctions and defects; speed determinations; skid/scrape analysis; deformation/penetration patterns; racetrack liability; service training; product investigations and testing; fire investigations; simulator training; quality control; insurance investigations; air bag testing; motor vehicle inspector.|
|Seth||Francis, HPET||Engine & Vehicle Management Systems||Engine and vehicle graphical user interface systems; knock control systems; fine tuning engine management systems; designing engine calibration systems; hexadecimal engine coding, chip addressing, and vehicle communication protocol; modifying ECU/ADM's for street cars and race cars; high performance engine tuning; vehicle and engine performance and repair; parts fabrication; vehicle emission inspection machines; chassis dynamometers; five gas analyzers; controlling and reducing vehicle emissions.|
|William H.||Glidden, PE, CFEI, PI||Mechanical Engineer||Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator, Licensed Private Investigator
Licensed Engineer in Michigan, Ohio, Texas
Vehicle crash reconstruction; mechanical systems failures; structure, vehicle, equipment and marine fires and explosions, origin and cause; product failures and injuries, including vehicle, marine, firearms, and aircraft; personal watercraft incidents and injuries; aircraft crash investigations; building plumbing, electrical, fire and HVAC systems; fire safety compliance; air and water environmental regulatory compliance; defensive driving instruction; building preventative maintenance; hospital mechanical, electrical and fire facilities; construction supervision; equipment failure evaluation; turbine engine repair.
|Paul H.||Gross, CCM||Meteorologist||Weather-related evaluations for vehicular accident reconstruction (including marine, aviation, and off-road); special events planning; construction delays; slip-and-fall incidents, including black ice formation; lightning strikes; property damage; time-of-death investigations; fire investigations.|
|David||Harris, ACTAR||Crash Reconstruction Expert||Vehicle crash reconstruction including autos, trucks, tractor-trailers, buses, motorcycles, bicycles, and off-road vehicles; crash retrieval systems; energy crush deformations; railroad crossings; total station mapping; computer-aided diagramming; insurance fraud; drug-interdiction; breathalyzer operation.|
|Richard||Hermance, FE, ACE||Vehicle Crash Reconstruction & Snowmobile Expert||Vehicle crashes; snowmobile operations and functions, including safety; operator performance evaluations; speed determinations; skid/scrape analysis; deformation/penetration analysis; vehicle and component research and testing; seat belts, including child restraints; pedestrian and bicycle incidents; crash computer simulations; trail design and safety, including signage; human factors, including daytime/nighttime visibility and reaction times; occupant trajectory; motorcycles, ATVs, racing cars, and watercraft; buses, motor homes, and trailers, including campers; dynamic traction analysis; injury and crash biomechanics; Crash Data Recorder (CDC) analysis; acceleration and braking tests; farm equipment.|
|Thomas J.||Hern||Automotive Consultant||Automotive dealership sales, service, and operations; automotive dealership evaluations; relationships between dealers and manufacturers; dealership and vehicle valuations; dealership training; technology consulting; accounting systems; cost segregation studies; benchmark reviews.|
|James R.||Heyl, PE||Senior Electrical Engineer||Licensed Engineer in Michigan
Industrial equipment; material handling systems; automation and robotic systems; power supplies; control systems; computer and PLC programming; quality control and safety; manufacturing operations; facilities construction and maintenance; electrical fires and explosions for equipment, structures, and vehicles; switchgear and substations; automated machinery; safety, predictive, and preventive maintenance programs; conveyor systems; safety interlocks; safety violations; instrumentation systems; AC/DC motors; code compliance; marina electrical systems; underground electrical distribution; welding systems; test cells; lighting systems including sport facilities and roadways.
|Joseph A.||Incavo, PhD||Tire Expert||Tire forensics; material science of elastomers, polymers, and chemicals; FEA (Finite Element Analysis); manufacturing; testing; compounding; quality processes; intellectual property and patent support; reformulation analysis/interpretation; thermostats, thermoplastics, fillers, additives, and curatives; polyurethane elastomer products; Duraseal Tire Sealant; depolymerized butyl rubber; RFID tags; pyrolysis GC/MS; volatiles analysis; gas analysis; analytical instrumentation; hexane, ethylene, and polyethylene quality; petrochemical plants; gas chromatography; handling of toxic gases; clean rooms; tire molds; electron spectroscopy.|
|Robert C.||Krause, MS, EMT-P, CFI||Emergency Medical Services Expert||Emergency Medical Services (EMS); Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT); emergency vehicle driving operations; EMS chart and protocol reviews; EMS, EMT, and paramedic policies, procedures, and standards of care; emergency communications procedures; fire department operations, ambulance operations, fire department training procedures; fire suppression tactics; fire, rescue, and extrication operations; law enforcement policies and procedures; safety and security training; emergency medicine, including pediatric; medical records review; first responder training; OSHA compliance; water safety; telecommunications; respiratory and cardiac arrest; chemical agents, including WMD's; school violence and security; workplace violence.|
|Terry D.||Lewis, PI||Vehicle Crash Reconstruction & Traffic Safety Expert; Private Investigator||Vehicle crashes (auto, truck, tractor-trailer, bus, motorcycle, train, boat, and bicycles); highway and traffic design, including pedestrian injury; driver perception and response; human factors and vision; vehicle black box analysis; seat belts and air bags; biomechanics of occupants; skip tracing-missing persons; and serving legal documents.|
|Gary A.||Mattiacci, CAP, CTAI, LPI||Crash Reconstruction Expert||Mr. Mattiacci has more than 15 years experience performing crash reconstruction for autos, trucks, motorcycles, bicycles, off-road vehicles, and pedestrians, as well as black box information recovery and evaluation. Gary is a licensed pilot and performs aerial photography to assist in evaluating highway and road defects. Gary is also experienced in witness interviews, background checks, and skip trace assignments.
Gary is a member of the Michigan Association of Traffic Accident Investigators, and is a Certified Accident Reconstructionist, Certified Traffic Accident Investigator, and a Licensed Private Investigator.
|Timothy R.||McGreal, PE||Mechanical Engineer||Mr. McGreal has almost 20 years experience as a Mechanical Engineer, with over 25 years experience as an Automotive Mechanic. His expertise includes consumer products; automobile/trucks/other vehicles; fuel-fired appliances; explosions; fire suppression systems; fire alarm systems; plumbing systems; gas supply systems; code compliance; moisture intrusion; roof damage assessments; HVAC equipment; construction, agricultural, commercial, and industrial equipment and machinery; computational fluid dynamics (CFD); power tools; medical equipment; product design and packaging; human factors and warnings; and patent infringement.
Tim is a Registered Professional Engineer and has been awarded two patents. His Professional Affiliations include The Society of Fire Protection Engineers; The National Fire Protection Association; and The Society of Automotive Engineers.
|Rob||Painter, ASE, CFEI, CVFI, CFATE||Senior Forensic Vehicle Analyst||Vehicle transponders, ignition locks, steering columns, and anti-theft systems; vehicle fraud; production and testing of keys and locks; air bags; fire and explosion origin and cause; vehicle collision repair; auto and medium/heavy duty trucks; vehicle brakes, steering, suspension, engines, drive train, axles, air conditioning, and electrical/electronic components; auto dealership management.|
|Ethan||Parker, PE||Civil Engineer||Licensed Engineer in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, and West Virginia
Vehicle crash reconstruction, including automobiles, trucks, buses, trailers, motorcycles, water craft, and trains; analysis of mechanical and structural failures, including foundation, wall and roof collapses; vehicle defects and failures, including hydraulic/air brakes, steering and suspension, drive trains, and tires; mold remediation in homes, schools, and commercial buildings; vehicle fires and explosions, including arson; product defects, including mechanical and electrical failures; water infiltration, hail, and wind damage; roadway incidents, including road design and visibility analysis; design analysis; building code compliance; fire investigations; steel structures; glazing and roofing systems; conveyance systems; crane runways; traffic flow and accident patterns; signage and traffic signals.
|Thomas B.||Peeler||Plastics Expert||Part/mold design optimization; polymer materials; medical implants; CAE Analysis, including mold flow/cooling/warp analysis and FEA; problem solving and failure identification; design and cost assessments; material selection and performance; solids CAD modeling experience (Pro-E, Solidworks); process condition optimization; metal to plastic conversions; injection molding machines.|
|Thomas R.||Piazza, CCM||Certified Meteorologist||Meteorological incidents and weather-related evaluations for: vehicular accident reconstruction (including marine, aviation, and off-road), special events planning, construction delays, slip and fall incidents, lightning strikes, property damage, fire investigations; cyclogenesis; ozone studies; Doppler Radar; weather code displays; computer generated surface maps; road pavement temperatures; renewable energy.|
|Duane B.||Priddy, PhD||Materials / Chemistry Expert||Rheology of plastics/plasticization; medical implants (e.g. hip/ knee/ shoulder/ elbow); materials characterization, specification, and selection; certification testing; product inspections and testing procedures; failure mechanisms; chemical and solvent resistency; weatherability, stabilization, and degradation; flammability; food packaging; automotive applications; organic peroxides; films/foams; styrenic polymers; paints and coatings testing and failure mechanisms; adhesives; rubbers, elastics, fabrics and fibers failures and testing.|
|John W.||Ross||Trucking Expert||Trucking operations, maintenance, regulations/standards, safety, and training; oil field heavy trucking; OSHA 10; operation, inspection and maintenance of tractor-trailers and tankers; trucking industry safety standards; propane & hazardous materials certified; FMCSR trained; loading and unloading of hazardous materials safety; double/triple trailer and tanker driving experience; electronic log expertise & trainer; accident investigations; truck driver actions, reactions, responsibilities, qualifications, and training; standard of care; loading and unloading pipe and other flatbed load safety; driver skill testing; hydrocarbons and poisonous gases on oil and gas wells; troubleshoot mechanical damage and wear on vehicles; People-Net and Com-Data electronic log systems; crude oil spills and production water spills; haul production water and frac sand; inspect homes for propane leaks; install propane tanks and systems; extreme winter driving conditions; fly fishing guide service; hazardous materials regulations; air brake adjustment and inspection testing; SCBA (Self Contained Breathing Apparatus); longer combination vehicle certificate; oil and gas H2s awareness and safety.|
|C. Shawn||Saunders, PE||Senior Mechanical Engineer||Licensed Engineer in New York and Pennsylvania
Vehicle crash reconstructions for autos, trucks, tractor-trailers, buses, motorcycles, bicycles, and snowmobiles; vehicle fires and explosions; highway and traffic design related crashes; seat belt usage and failures; black box data; hydraulic and pneumatic systems; mechanical/electrical systems; MSDS's analyses; machine design; automotive A/C compressors; incidents related to loading, packaging, storing, and handling of products.
|John||Schmidt||Dram Shop & Safety Expert||Alcohol sales, service, policies, procedures; liquor law compliance and safety; underage drinking; intoxicated patrons at and upon leaving bars, restaurants, night clubs, bowling alleys, sports facilities, and special events; undercover, financial, criminal, and regulatory investigations.|
|Jim||Scott||Railroad Operations, Equipment, and Safety Expert||Railroad operations and equipment; safety training; train performance; commodities transportation; locomotive engineer; brakeman/foreman/conductor; air brakes; event recorders; locomotive engineer training; loading and unloading; end of train devices; derailment investigations; train emergencies; train simulators.|
|Harold 'Lynn'||Stringer, BSME||Vehicle Engineering Expert||Motor vehicle design, manufacturing, testing, and servicing including: passenger cars, trucks, buses, trailers, and private/commercial vehicle carriers; engines; fuel systems; electrical systems; lubrication systems; cooling systems; exhaust systems; drive trains; brakes; suspension; steering; wheels/tires; rear drive axles; A/C systems; vehicle crash safety structures; laboratory testing procedures.|
|Robert S.||Sugarman, PhD, PE||Human Factors/Visual Expert||Human factors; visual perception; human vision (contrast, brightness, color, speed, and distance); conspicuity; attention; reaction time; product and equipment design; medical equipment; instructions and procedures; warnings and labels; individual differences training; cognitive psychology; situational awareness; vehicle accidents; industrial and construction accidents; slip and falls; ergonomics; workplace layout physics; instructional system development (ISD); perceptual processes; physiological processes; drunken driving; decreased alertness; studies of camouflage; machine interfaces; evaluation of commercial products; environmental health and safety; quality control.|
|Shane||Tecklenburg, AAEM||Engine & Vehicle Management Systems||Spark and diesel engines; data systems and sensors; turbochargers and superchargers, Bosch K/KE Jetronic and Motronic Systems; MoTec engine management systems; nitrous oxide systems; fuel injection systems; suspension systems; engine team management.|
|Kevin||Theriault, ACTAR, CFC, CDS||Vehicle Crash Reconstruction Expert||Vehicle crashes (auto, truck, tractor-trailer, bus, motorcycle, bicycles, and off-road vehicles); FMSC regulations; vehicle and equipment inspections; documents research; DOT safety compliance; audit reviews; event data retrieval systems; alcohol and drug detection; emergency vehicle operations; air brake systems; ABS/FMVSS regulations; vehicle barrier crash testing; computerized accident reconstruction; biomechanics; railroad crossing incidents; driving fatigue; motor fleet safety principles and practices; fleet training; tractor trailer underride analysis; fleet risk management; police crash investigation procedures; traffic signal analysis; teaching accident investigation; robotic scene mapping.|
|Teresa L.||Trent, CRC, CDMS, CCM, ABVE/D||Vocational Expert||Vocational rehabilitation; short and long term disability; workers' compensation; employability assessments; job seeking; skills training; job placement and development; labor market surveys; job-site analyses.|
|Robert P.||Walson, PhD||Metallurgical/Materials Expert||Mechanical and material failures; structure and component analyses including metals, plastics, glass, ceramics, wood, and construction materials; nondestructive, microscopic, and surface chemistry testing; industrial equipment; construction equipment; consumer products; chemical processes; Scanning Electron Microscope and X-ray failure analyses; engine and power system components and materials including turbines; ceramic valve seat inserts; machine elements and design; high temperature cast irons alloyed with aluminum.|
|David||Weich||Trucking Expert||Trucking operations; maintenance; regulations/standards; safety; training; flat beds; snow plows; tandem dump trucks; loader; back hoes; bus instructor; traffic control; road repair; firefighter; emergency vehicle operations; CDL and defensive training instructor; rope, ladder, hose training; search and rescue; hazmat training.|