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Tractor Trailer Underride Investigations

By Christopher D. Roche
Expert Article

In this article, vehicle engineer Christopher Roche provides an overview of heavy truck underride incidents. His discussion includes a description of underride events, why they occur, relevant US…

Delivery Driver Incident Investigations

By Michael O’Dell, CDS
Expert Article

A large segment of the truck driving population is composed of drivers who work locally and are home most nights. In this article, Commercial Trucking Expert Michael O’Dell explores the unique…

Heavy Truck Crash Reconstruction

By Robson Forensic
Expert Overview

This article provides an introduction to heavy truck crash reconstruction, including an explanation of why the Conservation of Energy (COE) method is crucial for accurate and reliable reconstructions.…

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR)

By Brooks Rugemer
Expert Overview

The trucking industry often uses the vernacular “DOT Regulations,” when in fact they are referring to the FMCSA regulations. The 39 sections of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations…

Truck U-Turn Accident Investigations

By Timothy M. Bussard, CDS, ASC, TSSP, WSO-CSSD
Expert Article

Illegal maneuvers such as U-turns are among the top 10 causes of crashes involving trucks and cars each year. Trucking industry standards state that it’s almost never acceptable for a truck or…

Crashes Involving Trucks Parked on the Shoulder

By Brooks Rugemer
Expert Article

Parking or stopping a tractor trailer on the shoulder of a roadway creates a hazard for the motoring public, and is generally prohibited by trucking company safety policies. In this article, trucking…

Injuries & Fatalities Involving Flatbed Trailers

By Brooks Rugemer
Expert Article

The flatbed segment of the trucking industry has a unique set of challenges and hazards that, if not properly managed, can lead to worker injuries or deaths. In this article, commercial trucking…

Charter Bus Safety - Expert Interviewed Following Crash Incident

By Brooks Rugemer
Expert Article

Commercial transportation expert, Brooks Rugemer was interviewed on NPR’s Houston Matters to discuss the fatal bus crash involving Houston high school students. Brooks discusses the early stages…

Heavy Truck Event Data Recorders

By Marcus A. Mazza, P.E.
Expert Article

Many of the systems and components that record incident and crash data on heavy trucks are different than those found on conventional passenger vehicles. In this article, vehicle engineer Marcus…

Truck Fires - Expert Analysis of Tractor Trailer Fuel Tanks

By Robson Forensic
Expert Article

Truck fuel tanks look and function about the same now as they did 50 years ago. Aside for a modification that eliminated fuel lines from hanging at the lowest part of the vehicle, not much else has…

Bus & Car Crash - Expert Report

By Robson Forensic
Expert Article

In this collision, a car blew the Stop sign and was struck on the right side by a bus as the car crossed the through street. A passenger in the car was seriously injured. Our investigation was…

Trailer Collapse - Expert Investigates Semi Trailer that Collapsed Under Weight of Forklift

By Robson Forensic
Expert Article

In this investigation, a heavy vehicle engineer at Robson Forensic constructed a cardboard analog to prove her theory of how and why a semi-trailer collapsed under the weight of a forklift. Simple…

Falls From Trucks

By Robson Forensic
Expert Article

In this article, one of our automotive engineering experts explains some of the engineering solutions that are used to improve safety for those entering and exiting large trucks. This includes a…