Forensic Mechanics What is a Forensic Mechanic
A Forensic Mechanic is a highly trained and experienced Automotive Technician or "Mechanic" who is tasked with determining the cause and origin of a failed vehicle component. He must also be able to determine if and how this failure attributed to an accident, loss, injury or a fatality. After analysis, the Forensic Mechanic must explain his findings through either an oral or written report and be prepared to give testimony and defend his position in a deposition or trial.
Mechanical Failure & Vehicular Defect are the number one causational claim in traffic accidents. "Defective" or "Inoperable" Brakes lead the list of these claims. While a vehicle's braking system is one of the most dependable and safety redundant systems in the modern vehicle today, failure can occur. Whether the failure is a consequence of poor maintenance, manufacturer defect or a road hazard, the identification of such must be made and more importantly, it must be proven. This requires thorough examination, documentation and analysis to identify the cause and origin of a defect or failure.
- Can an Automotive Mechanic be used as an expert?
Yes. While many automotive mechanics in the field have sufficient experience to qualify as a court expert, very few have testimonial experience or experience generating a comprehensive report. And almost none have over thirty years of accident reconstruction experience to compliment their opinions.
- Can a Mechanical Engineer be used as an expert?
Yes. Sometimes engineers are used to determine the cause of a failure but their reports and testimony tend to be “scholastic” and overly technical and are almost never based on experience and training as a Mechanic or Accident Reconstructionist.