Brake failure can lead to traffic accidents and resulting lawsuits, as brakes are one of the most important mechanisms in any type of automotive vehicle. Because brakes are only one piece of engineering within the overall design of an automobile, experts in brake failure will have additional expertise in the automotive engineering and mechanical aspects of roadside vehicles, including automotive electrical systems, air bags, tire failure, occupant restraints, steering, hydraulics, and other important details.
In the event of a traffic accident, accident investigation and reconstruction can often be utilized to determine whether the accident was caused by human error or a mechanical failure. Brake failure is not the result of human error, meaning that the cause of an accident would be that of an engineering flaw, which could bring about a legal claim against the automotive engineers, manufacturers, repair shops, as opposed to the driver and/or passengers.
Brake failure, however, may also be the result of negligence regarding vehicle maintenance. It is also the responsibility of the owner of each automobile to receive brake service and maintenance, as not doing so can cause mechanical problems. Whoever performs the brake service may also be responsible for brake failure, which can be determined by an evaluation conducted by a brake failure expert.
ForensisGroup has a history of over twenty years recruiting only the best quality experts. Call us today or submit an expert request form to find the best brake failure expert witness or traffic accidents expert witness for your case.
A former employee of the City of Tampa filed an action for unlawful retaliation in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act ("ADA") and the Florida Civil Rights Act ("FCRA").Plaintiff was employed as a City Solid Waste Collection Driver. At some time during his employment, he was diagnosed with a medical condition that allegedly limited one or more of his major life activities. He filed a Charge of Discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC"), asserting that the City failed to reasonably accommodate his disability. He then filed, pro se, a lawsuit under the ADA for disability discrimination against the City. Plaintiff was still employed by the City when he filed his pro se lawsuit.During the ADA lawsuit against the City, Plaintiff was involved in an accident involving the City's solid waste truck. While waiting to unload debris at a transfer station, Plaintiff exited the truck. He thought he had pulled the parking brake prior to getting out of the truck. However, while he was out of the vehicle, it began moving forward, went over a speed bump, and struck the vehicle causing damages. There were no injuries.The City ultimately concluded that Plaintiff hadn’t set the brake and issued a "Letter of Counseling" related to the incident because the accident was preventable. The City relied on the recommendation from its safety review committee, which concluded that Plaintiff hadn’t pulled the parking brake, as well as a traffic report and statements from a mechanic who inspected the vehicle after the accident.Plaintiff took the deposition of the City's Solid Waste Director as part of his pro se lawsuit against the City, which was still pending. The complaint alleged that within a month of his deposition, Plaintiff was given a notice of disciplinary action, accusing him of making false statements, and thus violating the City's policy on "Moral Turpitude."At a hearing, the City showed video footage of the accident, which revealed Plaintiff exiting the vehicle without setting the parking brake. Based on the video, the City terminated Plaintiff's employment for intentionally lying to the police and the City when he repeatedly maintained throughout the investigation and grievance process that he had pulled the parking brake.Plaintiff alleged that the City's stated reason for terminating his employment was "not worthy of belief." His retaliation claims were premised on the timing of Director’s deposition and Plaintiff's termination. According to Plaintiff, these two events were causally related. However, Plaintiff then admitted that he didn’t pull the parking brake. Plaintiff argued that the real reason he was terminated was that he pursued the initial discrimination case against the City.The City designated a mechanical engineer specializing in accident reconstruction as an expert witness. The expert opined that the driver of the City’s solid waste truck didn’t engage the parking brake prior to exiting the vehicle at the time of the accident. In addition, the expert said that the driver failed to put the truck in neutral and didn’t follow proper procedures.The accident reconstruction expert also concluded that the driver had a habit of not parking the vehicle properly prior to exiting because he’d done the same thing five minutes before the accident; that he knew, or should have known, that he left the vehicle in drive as he must have put it in neutral after the accident when he engaged the parking brake; and that he knew, or should have known, that he didn’t put the parking brake on since he engaged the parking brake immediately after the accident.Plaintiff moved to strike the expert’s report in its entirety. He argued that the expert improperly opined on Plaintiff's credibility; he didn’t have the adequate expertise to testify about Plaintiff's "habit" or what Plaintiff "knew or should have known;" and the expert’s testimony as to the causation of Plaintiff's accident wouldn’t assist the trier of fact.U.S. District Court Judge James S. Moody Jr. wrote in his decision that before permitting expert opinion testimony, the court must make certain that the expert employs "in the courtroom the same level of intellectual rigor that characterizes the practice of the expert in the field," quoting Kumho Tire Co.The judge found that the expert's opinion must be excluded under Daubert because portions of his report were based on pure speculation. More importantly, the entire report would not assist the trier of fact. The expert, who was experienced in mechanical engineering and accident reconstruction, wasn’t qualified to testify about Plaintiff's "habit" and state of mind. His opinions weren’t based on sufficient facts or data. Moreover, Judge Moody said that no expert is truly qualified to opine on a person's credibility or state of mind—determinations typically left to the finder of fact.The expert testimony, like the expert's report, wouldn’t assist the trier of fact because Plaintiff admitted that he failed to set the parking brake. The part of the expert's report where he opined that Plaintiff didn’t engage the parking brake, didn’t put the vehicle in neutral, and didn’t follow proper procedure was superfluous because Plaintiff conceded these points.The expert's opinion, which focused on the reasonableness of Plaintiff's actions—and which was clearly not available to the City at the time that it made the decision to terminate Plaintiff—would offer no assistance to the trier of fact. Plaintiff's motion to strike Defendant's expert witness and his expert report was granted.
I have more than 5 years experience in the automotive engineering sector with specific experience in the automotive manufacturing of both OEM components and full vehicle assembly / manufacturing. My Ph.D. research is on complex systems design and the development of computational representations and reasoning in design. I have worked on multiple sponsored projects funded by partners such as NASA, Michelin, and BMW. I currently serve as an assistant professor at a University where I work on a multitude of automotive and systems engineering projects.
I have more than 10 years in the fields of Failure Analysis, Accident Reconstruction, and Mechanical Engineering. I have investigated, analyzed, and reconstructed hundreds of accidents across the United States involving vehicles, machines, mechanical systems and industrial equipment. I have also critiqued product infringements within the scope of patent protection. I am a Licensed Professional Engineer and United States Patent Agent. My work is performed in support of litigation, product recalls, insurance investigations, industrial problem solving and intellectual property disputes. I have provided expert testimony in numerous legal jurisdictions and I am a member of several professional organizations. I have over 5 years expert witness experience with consultations, deposition, and courtroom testimony.
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