Automotive Safety Expert Witnesses

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Automotive safety expert witness candidates typically have extensive experience and knowledge in the automotive industry, including automotive parts, occupant kinematics, automotive engineering, crash tests, mechanical engineering, automotive electronics, and/or vehicle crashworthiness. To support either a plaintiff or defendant, Cahn Litigation Services is frequently called upon by law firms to locate an expert witness that can support issues involving automotive safety.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 36,000 motorists die each year in motor vehicle accidents. Vehicle safety, design, performance, and cost are some of the major elements a motor vehicle manufacturer faces.

An automotive safety expert witness could provide expertise in intellectual property matters, such as a patent litigation in federal court or a trade secret dispute. An automotive engineer with specific knowledge in automobile safety might provide expert opinion in a matter like a product liability case, or provide accident reconstructionist expertise in a personal injury case as a result of a car accident.

Expert witness service to support litigation could include an expert report, failure analysis, accident reconstruction and expert witness testimony. In a high-profile case, or litigation involving a significant financial stake, a law firm may request an automotive expert witness with prior experience as a testifying expert. An expert witness needs to not only have subject matter expertise, but must also possess the ability to provide expert testimony in such a manner that a jury and judge can understand the evidence.

Cahn Litigation Services has completed numerous searches for an expert witness in the automotive area, providing candidates for each case to the specifications provided by the attorney in charge. Whether it’s for a patent case, pre-litigation forensic engineering work, or an accident reconstruction project, Cahn Litigation Services has the experience required to turn a search around quickly. The firm has an earned reputation with leading law firms to provide experts with the right balance of expertise and testimony for the job at hand.

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Automotive Safety Expert Witness - Representative Bios

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The below expert witness bios represent a small fraction of those Automotive Safety experts known by Cahn Litigation Services. These bios are provided to give lawyers a sense of the Automotive Safety landscape.

Expert Witness #261066

This expert is an automotive engineer with many years of professional experience, including working directly for automotive manufacturers. This expert has direct design and testing experience in vehicle structures, crashworthiness, and closure systems engineering. This expert applies expertise to expert witness investigations pertaining to vehicle crashworthiness, crash reconstruction, vehicle systems performance, and exterior/interior upper body mechanisms.

Upon completion of a degree in Mechanical Engineering, this expert held positions in Body Design, Closures Design, and Crash Safety. As a Crash Safety engineer, this expert was responsible for ensuring achievement of dynamic safety targets, both on a component basis and as complete vehicle performance. This included work in both the virtual design phase by simulation analysis, as well as overseeing and analyzing physical crash testing. This expert performed design/test work on sedans, pickup trucks, crossovers, and cargo vehicles throughout the entire development lifecycle and into mass production.

Continuing an automotive career, this expert then worked in Research & Development, where this expert was responsible for closures design engineering as a design team chief. This expert led a team of design engineers in developing all aspects of minivan slide doors. This expert also served as design chief for minor-model updates on pickup truck door and tailgate closures. This expert has expertise in all elements of upper body design, including structures, dynamic and static crash safety, sealing, NVH, power-door systems, latches, and exterior/interior components, among others.

This expert earned an Engineering degree from one of the nation's most respected programs. This expert has accumulated a multitude of patents for key innovations in upper body design. This expert's education and deep industry experience designing and testing vehicles qualify this expert to investigate a broad range of vehicle topics.

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Expert Witness #245242

This expert is the CEO and co-owner of a company that manages the powertrain and safety system development and certification portion of several industry leading vehicle programs, in addition to working with companies that are importing vehicles from Europe and China. This expert and company provide business, legal (e.g. patent related information), regulatory compliance and technical consulting services. The company where this expert was previously employed also specialized in powertrain control systems, powertrain application engineering, diagnostics, homologation and test system engineering. This expert spent several years designing, specifying, developing, certifying and launching some of the world's most advanced Powertrain Systems. This expert has served as an expert witness in automobile and automotive patent cases, including providing testimony and expert reports.

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Expert Witness #252121

This expert is a full-time automotive consultant and expert witness. As a Product engineer with an automobile manufacturer, this expert focused on Truck Exhaust system design and engineering, including thermal management, quality and reliability. This expert also had cost-management responsibility for all truck product exhaust system components. As a vehicle engineer, this expert was involved in the entire lifecycle of vehicle design and manufacture. This expert designed and engineered systems for concept vehicles, tuned and validated systems on prototype vehicles, resolved manufacturing issues during production, and made improvements to enhance vehicle quality and safety after the start of manufacture. This expert has experience as an expert witness in automotive matters.

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Expert Witness #265594

This expert is certified as a Professional Engineer, has many years of experience in automotive systems and provides consulting and expert witness services. As an expert witness this expert has provided testimony in a half dozen patent infringement cases as an expert in technical systems, and in other matters in State Courts as a mechanical and safety engineer. This expert has been Chief Engineer for a company that designed and tested fuel injection systems and electronic controls for those systems. This expert has held responsible positions in companies that provided fuel injection systems to automotive OEMs and understands the quality control and testing required in that role. Besides fuel injection and combustion, this expert is also an expert in ancillary systems like exhaust and electronic emission controls. This expert has published a dozen technical papers in scientific and technical journals and is the inventor on sixteen patents.

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