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Case of the Month: A Backing Accident

Posted by on May 1, 2017 in Cases | Comments Off on Case of the Month: A Backing Accident

It was summer camp time. Moms were dropping off their kids at about 9 am. Unfortunately, two of the drivers backed into each other. There were two different versions of the collision, plus the story of an unrelated witness. GEI was assigned to evaluate which version the evidence supported and to address the likelihood of injury in this incident. The vehicles involved were a brown Ford Flex and a silver Chrysler Sebring. The photographs and the repair estimate for the Chrysler showed the rear right corner was damaged. The strike was on the...

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STEVEN M. ERWIN

Posted by on Apr 7, 2017 in Expert Profiles | Comments Off on STEVEN M. ERWIN

Mr. Erwin is a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Certified Motor Vehicle Crash Reconstructionist. He has 18 years of experience with NHTSA as a crash reconstruction analyst with over 1,500 crash reconstructions personally conducted. He has held the position of the primary crash reconstructionist for the NHTSA Crash Injury Research and Engineering Network (CIREN) in the County of San Diego. His expertise for GEI includes speed analysis, Delta V and principle direction of force analysis, occupant kinematics and injury...

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Case of the Month: Refrigerator Leak

Posted by on Apr 1, 2017 in Cases | Comments Off on Case of the Month: Refrigerator Leak

The homeowners discovered water damage to the kitchen floor of their residence. The apparent source of the water on their kitchen floor was the water and ice-dispensing unit in the door of their refrigerator. GEI was assigned to examine, test, and photograph the water and icemaker dispenser unit, and determine the cause of its malfunction. The failed water dispenser and icemaker dispenser unit was replaced with a new unit by a local repair technician prior to our involvement. The failed unit was subsequently shipped to our office for...

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Case of the Month: Stolen Recovered

Posted by on Mar 1, 2017 in Cases | Comments Off on Case of the Month: Stolen Recovered

A 2006 Toyota Tacoma was stolen, vandalized, partially stripped, and then recovered. GEI was assigned to inspect and photograph the Toyota and to identify signs of theft, forced entry, compromised locks or steering column. We were also to determine if the steering column lock or ignition switch lock cylinder were attacked or defeated, and to determine if the transponder system was defeated or bypassed. The vehicle was inspected. The exterior of the vehicle was dirty with evidence of vandalism from recent multiple deep scratches (keying) on...

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Case of the Month: Hit While Parked?

Posted by on Feb 1, 2017 in Cases | Comments Off on Case of the Month: Hit While Parked?

Our client reported that a 2008 Ford F150 pickup truck was parked and unattended when it was struck by another vehicle. The unidentified vehicle then fled the scene. There were no eye witnesses. GEI was assigned to review the materials provided and determine if the damage to the vehicle was consistent with a hit-and-run collision, as described. The materials provided for review included photographs and a repair estimate for the vehicle. Examining photographs of the Ford, our expert noted minor paint damage to the left side of the pickup...

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President’s Message: Rental Vehicles and Cell Phone Data

Posted by on Feb 1, 2017 in President's Messages | Comments Off on President’s Message: Rental Vehicles and Cell Phone Data

It is common to fly to another city, rent a car at the airport, attend an event, maybe stay overnight, return the car, and then fly home. It is also common to connect a cellphone to the rental car to make phone calls, use the GPS, check emails, and recharge the battery. What most people are not aware of is that when the cellphone is connected (by cable or by Bluetooth) to the vehicle infotainment and telematics systems of the rental car, the cellphone’s information is frequently copied into the vehicle unit’s memory, so it can more quickly...

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Case of the Month: Roof Damage from the Cable Installer

Posted by on Jan 3, 2017 in Cases | Comments Off on Case of the Month: Roof Damage from the Cable Installer

The claimant owned a two-story commercial building with four retail storefronts. The building was constructed of reinforced concrete and concrete masonry units with a flat roof, and was constructed circa 1929. One of the tenants ordered cable/internet/ voice service from a major cable service provider. The cable company dispatched a technician who installed a new cable starting from the rear of the building, traveling over the roof, down the front of the building, under a front fabric canopy, and then into the front of the store. The...

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Case of the Month: An Auto Engine Fire

Posted by on Nov 1, 2016 in Cases | Comments Off on Case of the Month: An Auto Engine Fire

The insured’s 2004 Mercedes-Benz C240 suffered an engine fire. GEI was assigned to determine the origin and cause, as well as to research all applicable recalls. A search of recall notices found no open manufacturing recall issues that might have been related to the fire. Three Mercedes-Benz dealer service order/repair invoices were provided by the client for our examination. The first was dated June 20, 2012. It reported that the engine was not running well,and service was performed on number 3 and number 6 cylinders. The second invoice was...

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Case of the Month: Falling Stucco

Posted by on Sep 1, 2016 in Cases | Comments Off on Case of the Month: Falling Stucco

The homeowner reported the collapse of the stucco that was on the soffit (ceiling) of their attached patio. GEI was assigned to determine the possible causes. Our expert visited the home and observed a portion of the roof/ceiling structure and soffit stucco of the patio structure at the side of the house. The construction of the house was completed in 1994, and the homeowners were the original owners. The covered patio structure was approximately fourteen feet wide by twenty-two feet long, and the soffit in the patio area formerly had a...

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Case of the Month: Engine Rebuild

Posted by on Aug 1, 2016 in Cases | Comments Off on Case of the Month: Engine Rebuild

The 1968 Chevrolet Nova was taken in for body and paint work. While it was at the body shop, it suffered an engine failure. The engine was removed and disassembled for inspection and repair by an engine rebuilding shop. They provided a repair estimate to the insurance company prior to authorization to begin the repairs. GEI was hired to review the situation and advise on the reasonableness of the proposed repairs.   The ‘68 Nova was originally offered with a variety of engine options, from the base model 90 hp, 153 cubic inch straight 4...

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