Accident Reconstruction Expert Opines on Fatal Bicycle Accident

Joseph O'Neill

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— Updated on December 21, 2017

Accident Reconstruction Expert WitnessThe case involves a child who died in a collision with a parked car while riding her bike. The child was riding her bike at a high rate of speed down a hill near her home when she struck the rear end of a parked car that was protruding into the street from the owner’s driveway. The child, who was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, was thrown over her handlebars and impacted the pavement face-first, suffering serious head injuries that eventually proved fatal. It was alleged that the car was illegally and dangerously parked at the time of the accident.

Question(s) For Expert Witness

  • 1. Do you have familiarity with the subject matter described above?
  • 2. Have you ever published or lectured on this subject / issue?

Expert Witness Response O-010797

I am a licensed Professional Engineer.  I have 35 years of experience in accident reconstruction with thousands of cases over the years.  I have considerable experience in pedestrian and bicycle accidents. I have considerable familiarity with this type of matter. I have lectured on accident reconstruction to DOT persons,  insurance company meetings and Trial Lawyers meetings, and have visually reconstructed accident scenes using technology such as Jvt applications.  I also teach Accident Reconstruction topics in my Physics and Engineering Courses at a college near Syracuse, NY. It is possible to determine the position of the car during the crash to make an assessment as to whether it was parked illegally at the time of impact.


Expert Bio

This expert has a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Syracuse University. His undergraduate studies consisted of a dual major in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. He is a licensed Engineer in New York and Illinois, as well as a professor at Onondaga Community College teaching numerous Engineering and Engineering related classes for over 30 years. He has also been providing services in the fields of Mechanical Engineering, Accident Reconstruction and Product Liability for 30 years. He frequently performs Engineering Analysis, Accident Reconstruction with regard to automotive, truck, motorcycle, ATV and snowmobile accidents and Product Liability including safety analysis and product defects. He is also familiar with industrial and construction machinery, ladders, home consumer products and engineering and safety standards.

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