Human factors in accident reconstruction

Perception reaction time answers key accident reconstruction questions Day/night, intersection/non-intersection, good weather/bad weather: these factors can be critical in accident reconstruction because they influence driver response. Along with Collision Specialists, Inc. Accident Reconstructionist, Geoffrey Walsh, I went to Evanston, IL to learn more about the research behind these factors. The class, “Advanced Crash Reconstruction Utilizing Human Factors Research,” was held … Read more…

Commercial Motor Vehicle Compliance: Quality Matters

Advice for commercial motor vehicle inspectors to live by Although I’ve started a new job, Commercial Motor Vehicle Compliance is not new to me. I’ve moved on to the next phase in my life since retiring from state law enforcement after 31 years in the commercial motor vehicle enforcement field. However, I did not stray very far from what I’ve … Read more…

Bosch Crash Data Retrieval (CDR)

Bosch Crash Data Retrieval (CDR) now supports: MY 2012-2014 Dodge: Journey, Fiat Freemont, Lancia and Grand Voyager. General Motors MY 2015: Cadillac Escalade, Silverado, Spark/Beat, Suburban, Tahoe, Sierra, and Yukon. Mazda MY 2015: CX-5 and Mazda6. Also Nissan/Infinity My 2014-2015: Infiniti, QX80, Rogue, Leaf, NV,NV2000, Nissan GT-R. Contact Collision Specialists Inc. for all your Crash Data Retrieval. … Read more…

Compliance training for CSI experts

Garrison and Harrison attend training at GMTA headquarters Our CSI compliance experts John Harrison and Jody Garrison attended training in October 2013 at the GMTA headquarters for the North American Transportation Management (NATMI) Certified Director of Safety Program. Constant training is a must for our compliance experts. … Read more…

Operation Safe Driver Mobilization Week: October 20 – 16, 2013

Taking Aim at Distracted Driving and Driving Safely Around Trucks and Buses Nearly 4,000 people are killed and 100,000 others are injured in large truck and bus crashes each year on the highways. During the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s Operation Safe Driver Week, October 20-26, law enforcement agencies across North America will engage in stepped up traffic safety enforcement aimed … Read more…

CSI adds new diagnostic tool to gather essential data

Valuable crash data now available to Collision Specialists Collision Specialists Inc. is proud to announce the procurement of the PACCAR – DAVIE 4 DIAGNOSTIC TOOL. PACCAR-DAVIE 4 tool was recently released on the market.  Similar to Detroit Diesel, Cummins, and Caterpillar, Paccar-Davie 4 will allow CSI to access crash data stored in the PACCAR engine’s event data recorder (black box).  … Read more…

Is Your Company Ready for the Next Lawsuit?

by John E. Harrison Since I retired from the motor carrier safety enforcement community in 2011, I’ve taken on the mission of crash analysis and regulatory compliance for the motor carrier industry. Immediately following retirement, I joined a highly reputable accident reconstruction firm. I went to them with a personal and professional goal to work on trucking defense cases so … Read more…

FMCSA Announces Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee Appointments

Last week, FMCSA announced five new members of the Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee (MCSAC), including: Gary Catapano, senior vice president of safety, First Student, Inc. Bruce Hamilton, president, Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 1700 Robert Mills, police officer, Fort Worth (TX) Police Department Donald Osterberg, senior vice president of safety and security, Schneider National, Inc. Tami Friedrich Trakh, board member, … Read more…

Advanced Training for CSI Experts at Northwestern

Collision Specialists, Inc. (CSI) is proud to announce that two of its crash experts, Senior Accident Reconstructionist Shane Keller (right) and Commercial Vehicle Specialist John Harrison (left) recently completed a comprehensive class on Heavy Vehicle Event Data Recorders (EDRs). The 40-hour course was offered by Northwestern University’s Center for Public Safety (NUCPS) at their main campus in Evanston, Illinois.  With thousands of former students … Read more…

Truck Accidents and the Role of Police Reports

Panel Comments Underscore Complexity of Truck Accidents Patrick A. Salvi, a Chicago lawyer who represents victims of truck accidents, today echoed comments made this week by an accident reconstruction specialist who spoke to an advisory panel that is looking into the role police reports can play in assessing truck carriers’ fault in accidents. According to Truckinginfo.com, Jeffrey Kidd of Georgia spoke to … Read more…