Taking the Mystery Out of the “Black Box”

November 3, 2020 at 11AM EST (60 min)

Electronic Data Recorders (EDRs) or “Black boxes” are now installed in almost all new cars. In this webinar, we cover the history and design of EDRs. We also discuss the types of vehicles with black boxes that can be accessed, the available crash data that can be downloaded, and how that data can be used effectively to answer common questions, such as: How fast was the vehicle travelling before impact? Did the driver brake before impact? How severe was the crash? How was the data utilized in court? Lastly, we discuss some of the EDRs’ limitations as illustrated in cases which advanced to court.

***For legal professionals in Ontario, this program is eligible for up to 1 substantive hour***

Human Factors & Driver Behaviour in MVAs

November 17, 2020 at 11AM EST (60 min)

This webinar will explore how experts investigate MVAs when liability is contested, such as pedestrian collisions, high-speed intersection collisions, etc. We answer questions such as how do we typically respond to various roadway hazards? How long does it take us to respond? What are the limitations of human factors/driver behaviour/traffic engineering research? We will also go over our own, peer-reviewed published research that de-bunks myths about typical perception-reaction time for pedestrians, cyclists, and intersection collisions, and discuss case examples that went to court.

***For legal professionals in Ontario, this program is eligible for up to 1 substantive hour***

Slip, Trip and Falls

December 1, 2020 at 11AM EST (60 min)

Falls are the second leading cause of accidental death. This webinar takes a look at how we answer questions like: Does the building meet the building code? Is the floor surface too slippery? Did the environment contribute to the fall? Finding the answer to these questions allows attendees to identify the potential variables that are or are not relevant to a personal injury loss. Several court-tested personal injury case matters involving slips and trip and fall issues are presented.

***For legal professionals in Ontario, this program is eligible for up to 1 substantive hour***

Forensic Injury Biomechanics of MVAs

December 15, 2020 at 11AM EST (60 min)

In this webinar we will explore how experts investigate MVAs when damages are contested. We look at how occupants move during different types of collisions, research on human injury tolerances, crash test dummies, injury probability and how they all tie into an MVA claim. We also discuss human subject testing research. Case examples will be presented as well on low/moderate speed collisions and seatbelt related issues.

***For legal professionals in Ontario, this program is eligible for up to 1 substantive hour***

Investigating Automotive Fires

January 12, 2021 at 11AM EST (60 min)

Fires can destroy evidence, but a detailed automotive forensic expert can dig through the ashes and often get to the root cause. With a focus on case studies, this seminar goes over the chemical, electrical, and mechanical clues that an automotive forensic vehicle fire investigator looks for. Other topics covered include forensic testing of substances, and special evidence considerations and limitations in vehicle fire claims.

***For legal professionals in Ontario, this program is eligible for up to 1 substantive hour***

Reviewing Opposing Expert Reports

January 26, 2021 at 11AM EST (60 min)

Why do experts who are given the same evidence sometimes reach very different conclusions? Maintaining objectivity is critical even when reviewing the report of an opposing expert. This webinar is a step-by-step guide on reviewing and commenting on other expert reports, and includes practical tips and advice on what to look for, and pitfalls to avoid.

***For legal professionals in Ontario, this program is eligible for up to 1 substantive hour***

Autonomous Vehicles

February 9, 2021 at 11AM EST (60 min)

This webinar will explore the revolutionary field of driverless cars from the crash reconstructionist’s perspective. Topics covered will include a brief overview of the safety concerns leading to driverless cars followed by the evolution of collision mitigation systems, how driverless cars operate, and how semi- to fully autonomous vehicles will affect the analysis of claims today and into the future (including going through examples of driverless vehicles that avoided and did not avoid a collision). Lastly, we will explore how this technology will impact various aspects of the insurance industry.

***For legal professionals in Ontario, this program is eligible for up to 1 substantive hour***

Heavy Commercial Vehicle Crashes & Claims

February 23, 2021 at 11AM EST (60 min)

Commercial trucks weigh more than 40 times as much as a car and are designed and built differently, so incidents that involve these kinds of vehicles require special considerations. This webinar focuses on evidence preservation and crash reconstruction in claims related to commercial trucks. These vehicles are increasingly equipped with sensors and telematics, and offer rich, yet volatile, black box data that is important to preserve and look at in the context of all the physical evidence.  We will also go over special topics such as fire and rollovers. Lastly, we use several court-tested case studies to illustrate the topics covered.

***For legal professionals in Ontario, this program is eligible for up to 1 substantive hour***

Product Liability

March 9, 2021 at 11AM EST (60 min)

We expect the products that we purchase and use day-to-day to work as designed, however, that sometimes might not be the case. Products can fail and there are a number of reasons this can happen. In this webinar we go over the leading causes of failures in motor vehicles and non-motor vehicle products and explore how evidence preservation and forensic engineering cause provide insight into the reason(s).

***For legal professionals in Ontario, this program is eligible for up to 1 substantive hour***

Infotainment Systems

March 23, 2021 at 11AM EST (60 min)

Now more than ever, digital data such as cell phone use (text, calls, etc), GPS track logs, and various recorded vehicle events can shed light on an incident – particularly when you have a suspicious or a tort claim on your hands. The most cutting edge forensic automotive technology can now give claims and legal professionals more information that historically was not recorded by EDR/black boxes or diagnostic trouble codes. In this webinar you will learn about infotainment system downloads – the emerging technology, what it is, how it has evolved, and how forensic experts can acquire the data. We will also go through case examples of how infotainment system data can be utilized for MVAs, alleged thefts and recoveries, vandalism, etc. Infotainment systems’ limitations will also be discussed.

***For legal professionals in Ontario, this program is eligible for up to 1 substantive hour***

Analyzing Staged Crashes

April 6, 2021 at 11AM EST (60 min)

When the validity of a claim is under scrutiny, you need answers to questions such as: Did these vehicles really collide? Did they collide as reported? Does everything lineup?  This webinar will discuss how we investigate potentially fraudulent incidents and how we examine the matter scientifically, and deploy our full arsenal of tools to thoroughly assess all the available physical and digital evident. The webinar will focus on the application of human factors/driver behaviour research in questionable claims, and will discuss the recent trends and patterns.

***For legal professionals in Ontario, this program is eligible for up to 1 substantive hour***

Reconstructionator Mini: Under the hood of crash reconstruction physics and application

April 20, 2021 at 11AM EST (60 min)

This webinar is a “mini” version of our ACTAR-Accredited advanced Reconstructionator course, intended for professionals working with Crash Reconstruction Experts. In the “mini” we run through integrating vehicle specs, EDR data, momentum calculations, energy analysis, and monte carlo statistical methods to present ranges and improve certainty. Participants will learn about our holistic reconstruction toolkit.

Municipal & Roadway Variables in Collision Reconstruction

May 4, 2021 at 11AM EST (60 min)

This webinar focuses on how roadway design, signage, visibility, maintenance, and roadside safety affect crashes: Does the roadway meet the standards? Is a sign required? Did the environment contribute to the loss of control? Finding the answers to these questions allows attendees to learn to identify the roadway variables that are or are not relevant to a crash. This webinar also illustrates several court-tested case studies with an emphasis on roadway issues.

***For legal professionals in Ontario, this program is eligible for up to 1 substantive hour***

Forensic Experts Presenting

Sam Kodsi, P.Eng

President & Consulting Professional Engineer

Shady Attalla, P.Eng

Vice President Engineering

Karla Cassidy, M.A.Sc., P.Eng

Biomechanist & Crash Reconstructionist

Richard Robertson, P.Eng

Crash Reconstructionist & Computer Specialist

Sami Shaker, B.Sc.

Physicist & Client Relations Manager

Avery Chakravarty, M.A.Sc.

Biomechanist

Cheryl Fookes, B.A.Sc.

Structural/Civil Engineering Specialist

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