Transportation

Garrett’s Transportation Experts possess unmatched experience, education and training in the fields of automotive and transportation forensics. In addition to automobiles, our experts handle cases with Airplanes, Semi-Tractor/Trailers, Buses, Motorcycles, RVs’, Scooters, Bicycles, etc. Our experts conduct in-depth field investigations, and provide expert testimony in component failure analysis, fire origin and cause, and theft verification. 

Component Failure

Vehicle Component Failures can include such items as brakes & braking systems, suspensions, tires, accelerators, and other system components. Garrett’s experts conduct a complete and thorough investigation and analysis to determine if a component failure contributed to an accident. The typical focus in component failure cases is whether the component broke as a result of the accident, or whether the component broke causing the accident. Further, by researching the component systems of a vehicle, Garrett’s experts can determine if the cause of a failure involved a recalled part, long-term wear-and-tear, and/or a single event.

Fire Origin & Cause

Examining a litany of possible details to determine where a fire originated, Garrett’s experts are well qualified to determine where a fire started and if a fire occurred due to improper maintenance, improper repair, a recalled item, long-term wear-and-tear, and/or arson.

Traffic Engineering

Traffic engineering is a branch of civil engineering that uses, among other things, established traffic management standards to achieve the safe and efficient movement of people and vehicles on roadways. It focuses mainly on research for safe and efficient traffic flow, such as road geometry, sidewalks and crosswalks, cycling infrastructure, traffic signs, road surface markings and traffic lights. Typical traffic engineering cases involve traffic control device installations and modifications, including traffic signals, signs, and pavement markings. Traffic engineers also consider traffic safety by investigating locations with high crash rates, pedestrian involvement and developing countermeasures to reduce crashes.

Theft Verification

When you need to find out the truth about a theft claim our Theft Verification experts can help determine what the evidence shows. Garrett’s experts consider such questions as whether the vehicle was really stolen or driven off with a key; whether a vehicle’s transponder anti-theft system was overcome, and if so how; and whether there is evidence of forced entry or were the door locks, steering wheel lock and/or ignition cylinder was attacked or defeated?

Event Data Recorder Downloads

Experts will collect and analyze data from Event Data Recorders (EDR) that are found in most vehicles. This vital information can provide both pre-crash data and post-crash data, which may help question to help answer many questions.  What speed was the vehicle going during the last few seconds before impact, were the brakes applied, what percentage of throttle was applied, were the occupants wearing seat belts, did the driver attempt any avoidance steering maneuvers?  Evidence regarding unwanted acceleration and struck while parked issues, as well as many other types of accidents can be resolved with the information stored in the Event Data Recorder(EDR).

Event Data Recorder Analysis

Data collected from an automotive Event Data Recorder (EDR) is one tool in understanding the sequence of events, component failures, crash dynamics and vehicle safety alerts before and after a crash. Analysts will examine data points that include speed, steering, braking, acceleration, seatbelt use, force of impact and whether airbags deployed among many other details about a triggering event.

Traffic Control – Devises and Signage

Our experts can help you determine what the codes and requirements are for road safety.

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