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Railroad Expert On Railroad Crossing Accidents

Railroad Expert On Railroad Crossing Accidents

Fifty nine passengers were injured on March 9th when an Amtrak train collided with a tractor-trailer at a crossing in North Carolina. After six people died in the February 3rd accident on the Metro-North railroad’s Harlem Line, railroad expert Robert Comer, head of Forensic & Electronic Research Inc., said the system used to trigger warning devices was developed in 1872. Mr. Comer has studied, researched and investigated the railroad industry and railroad grade crossing accidents for 24 years.

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Automotive Engineering Expert Witnesses

Automotive Engineering Expert Witnesses

What areas may automotive engineering experts consult on? These experts may advise on automotive safety features, faulty design, manufacturing issues, safety problems in vehicle operations, and related matters. In the news, U.S. regulators said they’re fining Takata Corp. $14K a day for failing to investigate and fix millions of air bags in passenger cars. US statutes put a ceiling of $70M on the fines.

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Accident Reconstruction Expert Witnesses & Train Derailments

Accident Reconstruction Expert Witnesses & Train Derailments

What areas of accident reconstruction may railroad accident expert witnesses consult on? They may write reports and testify on train derailments, track/switch operation, maintenance-of-way issues, and collisions. Nearly 3 billion gallons of crude oil will move through the state of Washington on trains this year. The Spokesman-Review reports that the volume could triple within five years, “as highly flammable crude from North Dakota’s Bakken oil fields is shipped to refineries and ports in Western Washington, Oregon and California.”

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Railroad Safety Expert Witnesses

Railroad Safety Expert Witnesses

What types of railroad safety issues may experts opine on? Railroad safety expert witnesses may report and consult on federal regulations, maintenance practices, derailment and accident investigations, and more. On May 7,2014, The U.S. Department of Transportation issued an emergency order to petroleum crude oil railroad carriers requiring railroads to notify state officials about the volume, frequency and county-by-county routes of trains carrying 1 million or more gallons of crude oil from the Bakken region of North Dakota, Montana and parts of Canada. BNSF Railway and Union Pacific Railroad subsequently sent states confidentiality agreements aimed at restricting information to emergency response groups for planning purposes only.

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Railroad Expert Witnesses & FRA Report

What areas may railroad expert witnesses consult on? These experts are able to write reports and opine on railroad safety, rail accidents, railroad safety standards, and more. In the news, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration has released its assessment of the Metro-North Railroad accidents in which six passengers and workers were killed in less than a year. The investigation uncovered “safety-critical shortfalls.”

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Aircraft Engineering Expert Witnesses & FAA Penalty

Aircraft Engineering Expert Witnesses & FAA Penalty

Aircraft engineering expert witnesses may report on component design and failure, aircraft engineering, maintenanceand mechanical issues, and more. In the news, the Federal Aviation Administration is proposing a $2.75 million civil penalty against Boeing Co.’s commercial airplanes unit for allegedly failing to maintain its quality control system in accordance with approved FAA procedures.

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Aircraft Expert Witnesses & 787s

Aircraft Expert Witnesses & 787s

Aircraft expert witnesses may consult on aircraft components, commercial aircraft, aircraft design and testing, as well as associated matters. The FAA has approved the proposed fix for Boeing’s 787s lithium-ion battery.

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Transportation Expert On Distracted Driving

Transportation Expert On Distracted Driving

Transportation expert Deborah Hersman, National Transportation Safety Board chairwoman, says concern over distracted driving is increased by powerful phones that people can use to e-mail, watch movies, and play games.

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Traffic Engineering Expert On Galveston “Flyover”

Traffic Engineering Expert On Galveston “Flyover”

Alleviating traffic congestion and reducing the number of wrecks where the Interstate 45 frontage road meets 61st Street in Galveston could be a flyover similar to one at NASA Road 1. The price tag, estimated at $8 million, might make the solution cost prohibitive, one traffic engineering expert Dan Lynch, of Houston’s Traffic Engineers said.

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Transportation Experts On 2009 D.C. Metro Crash

Transportation Experts On 2009 D.C. Metro Crash

Federal investigators say that negligent safety attitudes and a defective electronic circuit caused last year’s Washington, D.C. metro crash, which killed nine people. On Tuesday, the National Transportation Safety Board announced that it had completed the investigation into the collision between two Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) trains. It has cited the WMATA for a failure of track circuit modules and a failure to use a verification test that would have detected the failed circuit and prevented the metro subway accident.

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