Doug has spent most of his professional career around just about every conventional vehicle manufactured, from automobiles to buses to 50-ton recovery wreckers. He spent eight years as an engineer for Bendix Friction and was involved in reviewing contract specifications for Ford, Chrysler and General Motors vehicles for specific friction material applications, product design and plant start-up. A future engineering position had him providing engineering support for the manufacturer of steering columns for Nissan automobiles.
He was Operations Director for the Marsh Bus Company, which operated highway, transit and school buses, and he was a heavy vehicle operator for Capital Transcorp, providing contract-trucking services in New York. As a heavy vehicle recovery and towing technician for two different companies, he not only has operated a variety of recovery equipment, but he’s also provided on site analysis. He specialized in heavy truck accidents.
Douglas is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of New York.
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- Vehicle Towing and Recovery - Expert Introduction
Towing and Recovery Company Responsibilities
Towing and recovery companies are called to all types of roadway incidents. Common roadways incidents include: vehicle breakdowns; vehicle collisions with other vehicles, fixed objects, animals, or pedestrians; run off the road; and load shift. Regardless of the type of incident, and who requested the service, once they arrive on-scene, towing and recovery companies are expected to:
- Ensure Site Safety
- Recover & Remove Vehicles from Incident Scene
- Provide Safe Keeping for Vehicles and Property
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- Doug Rowland, P.E. Lifts & Loads a Log Processor in Freezing Conditions
Towing / Recovery expert, Douglas J. Rowland, P.E., recounts a challenging towing job he managed involving a log processor in freezing conditions.
Doug’s experience as a heavy vehicle recovery and towing technician includes towing on and off-road, trucks ranging from tractor-trailer combinations to heavy construction equipment, winching and up-righting, proper loading and towing techniques, as well as securement. He is a mechanical engineer, licensed as a Professional Engineer in the State of New York. Doug has been performing forensic investigations across the United States since 2006.
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- In 2007 Motor Vehicle Collisions Resulted in Excess of 40,000 Fatalities
In 2007 motor vehicle collisions resulted in excess of 40,000 fatalities
and almost 2,500,000 injuries, according to the National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration’s website. It is often important to
determine both how a crash occurred and the underlying causes
of both the crash and resultant injury.
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