Railroad Expert Witnesses

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Railroad expert witnesses specialize in a variety of fields, including transportation safety, railroad operations, railway engineering, train accident reconstruction, and rail equipment maintenance. Some of the most common specialties among railroad expert witnesses also include track inspection, signal systems, locomotive mechanics, freight car design, and passenger safety protocols. They have provided opinions on the effects of derailments, crossing accidents, worker injuries, equipment failures, and regulatory compliance issues.

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Lane Scot VanIngenView profile

ID: 142353

Mr. Lane Scot VanIngen

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Mr. Lane S. VanIngen has 34 years of experience in Transportation Compliance and he earned his BS in Accounting from Bob Jones University. Formerly, this expert served as a Senior Level Special Agent and Inspector for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. He currently serves as the President of Transportation Compliance Experts, Inc., TSS Consortium and Testing Services, Inc., and...

Rail System Electrical and Electronics Engineering Expert Witness | CaliforniaView profile


Rail System Electrical and Electronics Engineering Expert Witness | California

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This highly-qualified expert has over 20 years of experience in electrical and electronics engineering, rail transit systems design, construction, project management, light rail vehicle, and field wayside maintenance areas. He earned his BS in electrical and electronics engineering from California State University at Sacramento and his MBA in strategic leadership from Amberton University. He is...

Foster Joseph PetersonView profile

ID: 325439

Mr. Foster Joseph Peterson

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Mr. Foster J. Peterson has 37 years of experience in Engineering and Railroad Safety. He earned his BS in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Today, this expert is a Commercial Pilot and Flight Instructor through the Federal Aviation Administration. Formerly, this expert served as a Senior Managing Consultant with Engineering Systems, Inc. and as a Partner with Full...

Railroad & Rapid Transit Accident Expert Witness | NebraskaView profile


Railroad & Rapid Transit Accident Expert Witness | Nebraska

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Expert in rapid transit accident investigation, particularly rolling equipment and motive power, event recordings, track, operations, train handling, and human performance. He retired from the National Transportation Safety Board after 22 years as an investigator-in-charge in which time he participated in 57 major accident investigations, 32 field accident investigations, 10 public hearings, 16...

William Richard HughesView profile

ID: 6220161

Mr. William Richard Hughes

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Mr. William R. Hughes has 49 years of experience in Transportation. Prior to beginning his career in the field, he held the role of Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps until he was honorably discharged. Subsequently, he served as a Police Officer before moving his way up to the position of Lieutenant for the Norfolk Southern Railway. Most recently, he served as the Supervisor of the Safety...

Civil Engineering Expert Witness | AlabamaView profile


Civil Engineering Expert Witness | Alabama

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This expert holds a BSCE from the University of South Alabama, and is a licensed professional civil engineer in dozens of states. She is a member of the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance of Way Association, and sits on the advisory board for the University of South Alabama Department of Civil Engineering. This expert has been in the civil engineering and design field for the last 23...

James Henry RaderView profile

ID: 6937838

Mr. James Henry Rader

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Mr. James H. Rader has 48 years of experience in Railroad Transportation. He earned his AS in Business Administration from Northern Virginia Community College and his BS in Business Administration from Strayer University. Formerly, this expert served as the Staff Director and Specialist at the Federal Railroad Administration, as the Vice President at AllTranstek, LLC., and as the Senior Vice...

Light Rail Accident and Safety Expert Witness |View profile


Light Rail Accident and Safety Expert Witness |

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This expert has experience as a Rail Transit operator and operations supervisor. He worked as a Field Supervisor, Rail Controller, Yard Controller, and Instructor, which included training and responding to rail related accidents as an investigator. He assisted in creating a Rail Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) and Rail Operating Rule Book for Metro Blue, Green and Red Line commuter trains.

William Eugene HillView profile

ID: 6938307

Mr. William Eugene Hill

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Mr. William E. Hill has more than 50 years of experience in Trains and Railroad Systems. Today, this expert holds an Amateur Radio License from the Federal Communications Commission. Formerly, this expert served as a Manager of the Railroad Training Program in the United States Army and as a Track Maintenance Manager at the Union Pacific Railroad Company with expertise in railroad operations and...

Compensation Strategy and Policy Expert Witness | New YorkView profile


Compensation Strategy and Policy Expert Witness | New York

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New York

This expert has more than 20 years of experience in the field of compensation, and is recognized worldwide for his global expertise in sales incentive plan design, as well as other kinds of variable reward and recognition programs. He has worked in both public and private sectors, and has a wide range of diversified industry experience that includes Finance, Managed Care, Food, Chemical and...

Michael HasenstabView profile

ID: 21458

Mr. Michael Hasenstab

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This highy-qualified expert has over 30 years of experience in the field of railroad and construction safety. He earned his BS in safety and risk administration from Virginia Commonwealth University and is certified in OSHA 500/502 and certified in work zone traffic control. Formerly, he has held positions in site safety at The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company and North Anna Power Station, as a...

Railroad Operation Expert Witness | MissouriView profile


Railroad Operation Expert Witness | Missouri

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This qualified expert has over a decade of experience in his field. He received his BS in business administration with a concentration in management from Southwest Baptist University. He has held a multitude of roles in the railroad industry, including terminal trainmaster, director of administration, terminal manager and most recently superintendent of operations. This expert lead a team of over...

Todd BarrettaView profile

ID: 24810

Mr. Todd Barretta

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New Jersey

This expert in railroad compliance earned his BA in psychology and economics and his MBA from Quinnipiac University. He then completed his JD at the Columbus School of Law. He has over 14 years of experience in law and finance, with specific experience in human resources and risk and compliance. He was previously the corporate controller for TK Inc. and then the chief operating officer for Future...

Rail & Transit Operations Expert Witness | MassachusettsView profile


Rail & Transit Operations Expert Witness | Massachusetts

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This highly-qualified expert has extensive experience in the field of rail and transit operations. He completed courses at Northeastern University before earning his AS in transportation from University College at Northeastern University. He completed a bus operator and management trainee internship with the Chicago Transit Authority, a vendor warranty enforcement internship with the City of...

Steven YoderView profile

ID: 26051

Mr. Steven Yoder

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This highly qualified expert has 15 years of experience in the railroad industry. He has worked his way up through ranks starting as a conductor and then becoming a locomotive engineer, a train dispatcher, a coal coordinator, a director of dispatching, and a general manager all at Genesee and Wyoming. He currently works as a vice president of industrial switching at a major short line railroad...

Railway Safety and Operations Expert Witness | North CarolinaView profile


Railway Safety and Operations Expert Witness | North Carolina

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North Carolina

This expert has nearly a decade of experience in railroad operations and safety. He is a member of both the United Transportation Union and American Corporate Partners. Formerly, he served as a railway conductor and railway crew manager at BNSF Railway, as well as a regional safety manager at Rescar. He has also served as the senior manager of operations and vice president of railway operations...

D C AgrawalView profile

ID: 28117

Mr. D C Agrawal

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New Jersey

This highly qualified expert has over 45 years of experience in the rail and transportation industry. After earning a BS in mechanical engineering and an MS in industrial engineering, he completed a program in urban transportation management at Northeastern University and the executive management program at the University of Pennsylvania. HE served as a manager in the financial planning and...

Dave KramerView profile

ID: 43176

Mr. Dave Kramer

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This highly-qualified expert has over 25 years of experience in the field of railroad maintenance. He earned a BS in electrical engineering from Gannon University and has completed training in maintenance specialties electrical equipment inspections, mechanical equipment inspections, and welding inspections. He has formerly served as a power department manager and a railcar-stage II systems...

Railroad Expert Witness FAQs

What is the role of a railroad expert witness?

A railroad expert witness provides specialized knowledge in cases involving rail transportation. They can offer insights on safety regulations, train operations, track maintenance, and accident analysis.

What types of cases does a railroad expert witness typically handle?

Railroad expert witnesses often handle cases related to train accidents, derailments, crossing incidents, signal malfunctions, and disputes over railway property or contracts.

How can a railroad expert witness assist in a personal injury case?

In personal injury cases, a railroad expert can analyze accident reports, inspect equipment, evaluate safety protocols, and provide testimony on whether negligence occurred.

Are there subspecialties within the field of railroad expertise?

Yes, some experts specialize in areas like locomotive engineering, track design, signal systems, freight operations, or railway labor laws.

Why is it important to hire a railroad expert witness with experience in Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) regulations?

Understanding FRA regulations is crucial as they set the standards for railroad safety. An expert with this knowledge can determine if any violations contributed to an incident.

How does Expert Institute select its Railroad expert witnesses?

Expert Institute offers a personalized approach to help you find the highest quality experts. We source actively-practicing professionals who match all your requirements for specialty areas, work experience, litigation history, fee range, certifications, location, and more.

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