Our engineering experts can evaluate, determine, and assess the engineering liability for Automotive and Vehicle Accidents.


Automotive vehicles are becoming more and more complex and sophisticated in their design and engineering.  The trend is for hardware and software engineering to take over the controls and provide many variants from a single mechanical design.  A good example of this is the drive train in a car or a bus.  A transmission manufacturer will develop and market a transmission that can be installed in a bus or a tri-axle dump truck.  Similarly, they will develop a transmission that can be installed in a two-seater sports car or an SUV with the application variant being created by software controlling gear change parameters.

Over the next 5 to 10 years computers and sensors can be controlling the vehicle.  The question then becomes which party or parties can be held responsible for the accident – the vehicle manufacturer, the software company, the sensor company, the chip maker or the occupant of the vehicle.  Consulting Engineers and Scientists, Inc. has been evaluating transportation and vehicle product liability cases for several decades.  Our multi-discipline engineering experts can determine and assess liability for automotive vehicle incidents and accidents.

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Accident Reconstruction

It is essential to determine the cause of automotive, automobile, and trucking accidents to establish a legal liability for matters in litigation.  Our expert staff can evaluate what went on prior to and during the accident period to determine how and why the accident occurred.  We can evaluate the vehicle dynamics, kinematics, biomechanics, and vehicle crash coordinates to determine how and why an accident occurred.

Richard C. Moakes, CEng
Richard C. Moakes, CEng

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Andres J. Calderon, Ph. D.
Andres J. Calderon, Ph. D.

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Paul K. Goldberg, P.E.
Paul K. Goldberg, P.E.

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Derek T. Jander, P.E.
Derek T. Jander, P.E.

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Failure Analysis

Failure Analysis of components involved in automotive accidents can determine if the broken or failed component was responsible for the accident, or if the component failure occurred as a result of the accident.  Our failure analysts have specific expertise in the function and performance of automotive components and if the component contributed to the automotive accident.

Richard C. Moakes, CEng
Richard C. Moakes, CEng

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Paul K. Goldberg, P.E.
Paul K. Goldberg, P.E.

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Warren Lieberman
Warren Lieberman

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Fredric M. Blum
Fredric M. Blum

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Mass Transportation

Our staff has the expertise and experience to support your case in matters involving Mass Transportation, whether the issue involves buses, trolleys, trams, light rail, or surface rail.  We have the individual and collective skills and knowledge to perform the appropriate accident reconstruction for this type of transportation.

Richard C. Moakes, CEng
Richard C. Moakes, CEng

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Motorcycles, Recreational Vehicles & ATVs

With engineering and relevant riding experience, we can determine the cause of Motorcycle, Recreational Vehicle, and ATV crashes and if they were due to roadway deficiencies, mechanical issues, or driver error.

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Richard C. Moakes, CEng

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Derek T. Jander, P.E.
Derek T. Jander, P.E.

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Product Liability

Automotive Product Liability includes the analysis and failure analysis of structural systems of automotive vehicles and components.  This can include components and systems that malfunctioned or failed during vehicle operation and may have caused a subsequent accident involving personal injury and/or property damage.  The area of Automotive Product Liability can also include the design and manufacture of automotive products in litigation to determine if the component or system was manufactured to the agreed upon design requirements.

Richard C. Moakes, CEng
Richard C. Moakes, CEng

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Paul K. Goldberg, P.E.
Paul K. Goldberg, P.E.

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Warren Lieberman
Warren Lieberman

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Supplementary Restraint Systems

Air bags are supplementary to properly worn three-point seat belts in protecting the occupants of an automobile.  There are four essential components of an air bag system; the sensors, inflator, cushion, and the vehicle interior.  Each plays an integral part in maintaining the safe positioning of the occupant.  Our experts have worked for a tier one air bag system supplier in the automotive industry and have the expertise to evaluate your airbag matters.

Richard C. Moakes, CEng
Richard C. Moakes, CEng

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