Defective Transportation Trailer Design Blamed For Significant Injuries

Victoria Negron

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— Updated on March 28, 2018

Product Liability / Engineering Expert This case involves a product liability claim against the manufacturer of a liquid tanker trunk. The driver of the truck had pulled off the highway and parked the tanker trailer at a rest stop. While the driver was standing beside the trailer, it suddenly tipped over and poured hot liquid on the driver. The driver suffered extreme scalding injuries on his head, back, and one side of his body. He is unable to work and remains on disability. An expert in tanker trailer design with experience in product liability assessment was sought to inspect the tanker and determine what caused it to tip over.

Question(s) For Expert Witness

  • 1. Please briefly describe your experience designing tanker trailers.
  • 2. Please describe your experience assessing product liability.

Expert Witness Response E-098507

I have 25 years of engineering experience, working mostly with mobile equipment. I earned my bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and my master’s degree in agricultural engineering with a concentration in power and machinery. I was the engineering manager at a trailer manufacturer for 4 years and I worked on a tank truck as well as many dump truck trailers. I’ve also done contract design work for liquid manure spreaders at a large farm equipment supplier which involved tanker trailers. I am also very familiar with landing gear and stability. I have experience in legal consulting and have reviewed 40+ product liability cases over eight years.

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