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 Expert  728233

Expert in Heavy Commercial Vehicle Reconstruction & Operator Standard of Care

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

Education Work History Career Accomplishments Consulting Services Expert Witness Market Research

Summary of Expertise:

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Expert has been active in the area of commercial driver training in Alberta since 1986. He has conducted many seminars to instruct drivers as to air brake operation, longer combination vehicle operations, professional driver performance standards and improvement, and has performed 15,000 or more hours of in cab instruction. He has safely operated commercial vehicles in many varied situations for 25 years, has taught others to do the same, and has testified as to the standards that apply in many lawsuits wherein operator negligence has been alleged.

commercial vehicle operations


automotive accident reconstruction

Show Secondary and Basic Areas of Expertise

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution   Honors
2009   Certificate of Professional Management   Business Adminsitration, Risk Mgmt, Occupational Health & Safety   University of Calgary  
1979   Bachelor of Business Adminstration   Business Administration & Marketing   Saint Francis Xavier Universtiy   Dean's List

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

1990 to








He is the main consultant for a traffic collision reconstruction and commercial driver strategy and tactics consultancy.

1986 to




Driver Training School


Manager - Instructor


He operated busines office, booking and scheduling lessons, truck repairs, performed in-cab instruction and classroom instruction.

Career Accomplishments:

He is an accredited collision reconstructionist by ACTAR (Accrditation Committee for Traffic Accident Reconstruction) Licensed Class One Driver Instructor (Tractor Semi-trailers)

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • He is currently engaged by a lawyer in Calgary, working on a collision reconstruction involving a tractor semi-trailer time v. distance study, diagram of each position second by second, perception response time estimates and support via published literature. This is a personal injury action seeking damages for the substandard behavior of a tractor semi-trailer operator.
  • Currently retained by counsel (who is representing the tractor trailer operator's insurance company in the abovementioned case, on another matter involving the standard of care of a third party tractor trailer operator who overturned his unit due to operator error. Property damages in excess of 350,000 are at issue.
  • Currently retained by counsel to comment on the standard of care exhibited by an owner operator who left his unit unattended at a truck stop in Ontario, from whence is was stolen. At issue is the difference between paying for lost cargo by the pound (weight) or by its market value.
  • He has performed turn around activites at a company in Calgary with revenues in excess of 10 million dollars per annum, by assuming the role of general manager, hiring and training replacement employees, holding meeting with present employees to inform them of the changes upcoming, relieving some employees from their obligations and allowing them to seek opportunities elsewhere, and improving the morale of the workforce to the point where the owner was sufficiently satisfied to pay the agreed upon performance bonus.
  • He was recently retained to reconstruct a run off the road incident involving a pickup truck traveling at 105 to 110 km/hr, leaving the road as a result of its operator's vision being impaired by sun glare. This case was complicated by allegations of impairment due to alcohol by the driver, and the fact that one of his passengers was fatally injured. Charges were dropped. Expert's report indicated that a sober driver would have been expected to react similarly to how the physical evidence showed the subject driver reacted, thereby not allowing the Crown meet the test required to prove its case.
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Expert Witness:
Expert Witness Experience Summary:
He is an accredited expert, holding a current ACTAR certification, which was initiated in 1994. He has testifed in excess of 25 times in courts at all levels, in Canada and the USA.
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Expert for consulting on accident involving mini-excavator imported from Japan.
  • Expert in multi-axle trailer roll-over accident.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding expert testimony, litigation consulting and support, forensic services, or any related expert witness services.  A few litigation needs include product liability, personal injury, economic loss, intellectual property (patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright), and insurance matters.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

International Experience:
Years   Country / Region   Summary
to 1998   Pulaski, Tennessee, USA   He was qualified to testify as an expert in commercial driver strategy and tactics and collision reconstruction in Federal Court.
to 1998   Spokane, Washington   Was deposed in a case involving a tractor semi-trailer that ran over a pedestrian, due to a sight obstruction and pedestrain alcohol impairment.
to 2000   Spokane, Washington   He completed a reconstruction of an incident involving a pickup that backed into a fuel truck operator who was tending to his hoses at the back of his unit.
1999 to 1999   Buffalo, New York USA   He managed a multi-disciplinary team of experts, mostly of them known to him by previous working relationships, to assist with the defense of a major ( initial statement of claim in excess of 750 million USD) personal injury case wherein 6 people were burned to death as a result of a rear end collision between a tractor trailer car carrier and an eleven passenger van.
to   Buffalo, New York USA   He investigated and performed a detailed reconstruction of an incident wherein a Mannesman Dematic 250 ton capacity mobile crane and dolly went out of control and collided with a rock face adjacent the travelway. The operator was trapped within, suffering major and extensive burns. Case settled. Expert's report showed that the only way for the crane to have behaved the way the forensic indicated that it did was if the operator steered it, as opposed to the plaintiff's theory that the crane was inherently unstable by design.

Language Skills:
Foreign Language   Description
Spanish   Was some what fluent in this language in years past, and could regain that fluency given a short period of immersion.

Market Research:
He is currently active in the driver training and driver evaluation field, maintaining his instructor's license by performing the requisite number of hours per licensing period, with Expert's Firm

Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your marketing research, industry research, and company research needs.  For research needs involving multiple experts or secondary research, a Research Director can be assigned to coordinate the work into a custom report for you as a potentially quicker and more cost effective alternative to doing this work yourself or hiring a boutique consultancy.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Additional Skills and Services:

He has delivered many training seminars in air brake systems, professional driver improvement, and has authored a professional driver improvement course for his own driver leasing company, meeting the standards set out by the Province of Alberta

Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

Expert is known to participants in the motor vehicle litigation community in Canada, and have been active in the USA in the past. He is available to travel and work in the USA is back under consideration.

Other Skills and Services

Expert has taken courses in risk managment, He has done turnaround work at companies that needed work done in job descriptions and responsibilites, employees re-education and replacement. He has managed teams of experts for litigation matters, ensuring a consistent approach for the client.


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