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Collision Reconstruction and Injury Causation Analysis
During this webinar, Dr. Keith Button and Mr. Joseph Neal will present a discussion
on collision investigation, collision reconstruction, and injury causation analysis through three case studies. The first case study involves a low-speed rear-end impact from which the driver alleged caused intervertebral disc herniation’s in their cervical and lumbar spine. The second case study involves a sideswipe collision between a passenger vehicle and a municipal bus from which the driver of the passenger vehicle alleged injury to the rotator cuff. The third case study involves a collision between a tractor trailer and a passenger vehicle. Using the dash camera videos from the tractor trailer and from a witness vehicle, the speed of the passenger vehicle was determined. In discussing these case studies, Dr. Button and Mr. Neal will walk through the process of investigating these claims from start to finish as well as the role that attorneys and claims adjusters play in providing the necessary materials and information for a complete analysis. They will discuss various components of these types of analyses including, but not limited to, the technical tools used by engineers, the process of getting expert testimony admitted in court, the importance of inspecting the subject vehicles, what can be done in the event that the subject vehicles are no longer available for inspection, and what the end product of these investigations looks like.

Oct 19, 2022 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Dr. Keith Button
Dr. Button’s major area of practice involves the scientific investigation of accidents resulting in traumatic injury. He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Valparaiso University and a PhD in Engineering Mechanics from Michigan State University. Dr. Button has published numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and abstracts. His graduate training and research was conducted in the Orthopaedic Biomechanics Laboratories at Michigan State University, which is a joint collaboration with the College of Engineering and the department of Radiology. His research and publications focused on the effect of footwear on the biomechanics and injury tolerance of the lower extremity as well as soft tissue response following traumatic injury. He has presented these scientific findings at biomedical and engineering conferences. More recently, he has performed research on the likelihood of sustaining intervertebral disc injury during a rear-end collision and the investigation of infant head injury.
Joseph Neal
Mr. Neal’s experience includes mechanical engineering positions in the automotive and consulting industries. As an engineer, he conducts vehicle accident and mechanical component investigations, and applies the principles of design, analysis, testing, and safety to forensic evaluations involving traffic crash investigation and reconstruction. Mr. Neal has performed hundreds of accident investigations and reconstructions. Mr. Neal’s experience includes tractor/trailer, motorcycle, passenger vehicle, pedestrian, construction zones and traffic control investigations and reconstructions. He is trained in using and has performed simulations using HVE, PC-Crash, and Virtual Crash. Mr. Neal is a trained technician in Crash Data Retrieval (CDR) and an analyst of CDR reports and has performed hundreds of vehicle data retrievals. He is also trained in commercial vehicle data imaging and analysis and has performed commercial truck data retrievals from various heavy truck manufacturers.