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Railroad Expert Witnesses

Railroad Expert Witnesses

Railroad operations adhere to a strict set of federal regulations to maintain safety. When a train derailment occurs, an investigation ensues to determine the cause, be it human factors, a mechanical defect, or an outside source. These types of railway accidents can result in various types of lawsuits, which may require consultation with a railroad expert witness. These experts may consult on railroad warning systems, railway signals, signal and train control, and overall railway safety.

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Automotive Engineering Expert Witnesses

Automotive Engineering Expert Witnesses

What areas of expertise do automotive engineering expert witnesses consult on? These experts may opine on the design, manufacture and operation of ground-based vehicles. Attempting to make cars as fast as possible while keeping them fuel efficient is a challenge. This week Volkswagen executives admitted to installing software on nearly 500,000 U.S. vehicles to manipulate emissions tests in its diesel vehicles. The EPA issued a notice of violation of the Clean Air Act (CAA) to Volkswagen AG, Audi AG, and Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. The NOV alleges that four-cylinder Volkswagen and Audi diesel cars from model years 2009-2015 include software that “circumvents EPA emissions standards for certain air pollutants.”

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Automotive Engineering Expert Witness Testimony In GM Case

Automotive Engineering Expert Witness Testimony In GM Case

Defense attorney Bob Hilliard presented expert witness opinion in the Pennsylvania manslaughter case against Lakisha Ward-Green. Ward-Green was charged in the death of Robert Chambers IV. She was driving 75 mph in a 35-mph zone when she crashed into a utility pole. The defense said the victim was not wearing a seat belt and air bags did not open upon impact. Judge Phillip Ignelzi, Alleghany County Court of Common Pleas, set aside Ward-Green’s conviction.

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Automotive Safety Expert Witness On Fiat Chrysler Engineering

Automotive Safety Expert Witness On Fiat Chrysler Engineering

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will pay a record $105M fine and buy back defective vehicles in an agreement with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Fiat Chrysler has admitted to violating the Safety Act in three areas: effective and timely recall remedies, notification to vehicle owners and dealers and notifications to NHTSA.

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Hazardous Materials Expert Witnesses

Hazardous Materials Expert Witnesses

What areas do hazardous materials expert witnesses consult on? These experts write reports and testify on hazardous materials transported by train, tank car, truck, vessel, or by airplane. The U.S. Department of Transportation is investigating a train that derailed in northeastern Montana and spilled an estimated 35,000 gallons of crude oil. DOT transportation specialist Michael J. Turnbull says a hazardous materials team used earthen dams to contain the spill near Culbertson, MT. While no waterways were affected by oil, about 30 people were evacuated. Burlington Northern Santa Fe officials reported that 3 of 22 cars that derailed were leaking oil.

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Railroad Accident Expert Witnesses

Railroad Accident Expert Witnesses

Railroad accident expert witnesses may explain railway safety and maintenance standards as well as what may have led to a rail accident. On July 2, a CSX freight train carrying flammable and toxic gas derailed in Tennessee. Five thousand people were evacuated from homes and businesses when a tank car containing the hazardous material acrylonitrile began burning.

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Engineering Expert Witness On Takata Recall

Engineering Expert Witness On Takata Recall

In the news, Mark Rosekind, administer of the NHTSA, said that a faulty Takata airbag inflator was involved in the fatal crash of a rental car in California last September. This brings the death toll to eight with more than 100 injuries in the US. Takata announced that 33.8 million air bags are defective after they were found to explode and send shrapnel into the face and body of motorists. The recall is complicated by the news that some cars that had already undergone service would need a second airbag replacement. Retired Takata engineer Mark Lillie has said he will be testifying as an expert witness or “someone with knowledge of Takata in particular” regarding the chemicals used in the air bag inflators.

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Automotive Expert Witnesses

Automotive Expert Witnesses

What topics may automotive expert witnesses consult on? They are experts in automotive engineering, automotive safety, automotive systems and more. In a win for Toyota, the U.S. Department of Transportation released results from a ten month study of potential electronic causes of unintended acceleration in Toyota vehicles. Rhode Island resident Bob Ruginis requested an investigation into low speed unintended acceleration problems with Toyota Corolla compact cars but the NHTSA test lab could not find any problems with the throttle or transmission systems.

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Transportion Experts and Amtrak Derailment

Transportion Experts and Amtrak Derailment

Transportation safety experts use accident investigation and reconstruction as tools to discover who or what was in violation of transportation safety. NTSB investigator Mike Flanigon is leading the team as investigator-in-charge of the May 12th Amtrak accident in the Port Richmond neighborhood of Philadelphia, PA. The train was heading towards New York City when it derailed and crashed. Eight passengers died and more than 200 were injured in the derailment. At this time, it appears the train was traveling over 100 miles per hour around a curve which is twice the posted speed limit.

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Trucking Expert Witnesses

Trucking Expert Witnesses

Trucking expert witnesses are often called upon to consult and testify on transportation related litigation regarding trucking rules and regulations. On April 22, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said he is confident that DOT agencies will issue a notice of proposed rules seeking to require speed limiters on heavy trucks by the fall of 2015.

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