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.
Here at East Coast Forensics, our ASE Certified technicians employ a methodical approach in discovering the true cause of a failure. Once the cause and origin of a failure are identified, we prepare a professional report outlining facts, evidence, and professional opinion. In addition to investigating and reporting, East Coast's experts have years of experience in demonstrative courtroom and deposition testimony, which can be pivotal in both civil and criminal cases.
- 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 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.