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Bicycle Accident Investigation Safety Design Operation Expert Witness

Provides Opinion & Testimony In:

Bicycles, Bicycle Accident Design, Bicycle Accident Construction, Manufacture, Repair, Recondition, Rebuilding, Sales, Service, Safety, Operation, Cause of Failure, Reconstruction Bicycle, Vehicles, Railroad Crossings, Rider Error, Chain of Events, Reconstruction, Bicycle Accident, Failure Analysis Regarding Bicycle,

Expert Witness No. 75

California

TECHNICAL AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION:

Expert testimony and professional consultation in regard to the design, construction, repairing of bicycles, bicycle safety and operation of bicycles and the cause of bicycle failure.

Reconstructing mechanical aspects of bicycle accidents involving roadways, vehicles, railroad crossings, rider error or mechanical failure; explaining the chain of events which show the order in which certain evidence is created, and evaluating the various types of damage done.

EXPERIENCE:

1978 – 1993:    Owner and Operator                                 
Private Company, San Jose, CA
Services Performed:  sales and service, rebuilding, reconditioning, designing, fabricating and customizing bicycles.

1982 – Present:     Consultant / Bicycle Expert                            
Bicycle Accident Investigations, San Jose, CA

1993 – 1999:    Owner and Operator                                
Private Company, San Jose, CA

1999 – 2013:    Owner and Operator                                
Private Company, San Jose, CA
Curator in charge of museum, manufacturer and designer of bicycles and  component parts, sales and service, rebuilding, reconditioning and customizing bicycles.

2013-Present :    Owner and Operator                                
Private Company, Fort Jones, CA
Services performed:  sales and service, rebuilding, reconditioning, and customizing bicycles.  
Assisted the Siskiyou County Sheriff Dept. and the CHP with the bicycle safety program at the Anav Indian Reservation, 2015.

1986 – 1987:    Bicycle Safety Coordinator                            
National Safety Council, San Jose, CA
Services Performed:   developed and implemented bicycle safety programs for the National Safety Council and The City of San Jose, taught bicycle safety at elementary, junior high, high school
and college levels.

1970 – 1984:    Owner and Operator                                
Private Company, Santa Cruz, CA
Services Performed:  sales and service, rebuilding, reconditioning, and customizing bicycles.

1981:        General Manager and Sales Representative
Kobe Company, a bicycle and parts wholesaler, San Jose, CA
Services Performed:  Bicycle and parts wholesaling, responsible for customer service, including the general public and bicycle shops, quality control and choosing the components for each model of
bicycle within the line.

PRIOR EXPERT EXPERIENCE:

Over 20 trial appearances;  over 40 arbitrations;  over 100 depositions;  over 800 bicycle accident investigations for attorneys in the past 33 years.

BACKGROUND AND FORMAL EDUCATION:

High School Graduate:  Santa Cruz Adult Education, 1978.

Reconstruction of Automobile Accidents Involving Pedestrians or Bicycles;  Skidmark Analysis;  Advanced Collision Investigations;  University of California, Riverside.  1999-2001

Bicycle expert with over 40 years of experience in the retail bicycle business. First testified as an expert witness in 1982 on behalf of the Huffy Bicycle Company.  Avid cyclist with over 40 years experience in riding all types of bicycles. Competitively raced downhill mountain bikes in 1999 and 2000.  Competitively raced  a High Wheeler in 2008.  Authored article in Bicycle Retailer Magazine 1992 regarding binder bolt failures.  Lectured to the Society of Forensic Engineers and Scientists regarding bicycle accident investigations, bicycle safety and operation 1990, lectured regarding quick release failures 2000 and lectured regarding the evolution of bicycles and litigation 2008.  Has been actively working with forensic engineers and scientists for over 30 years.  Has worked for plaintiff and defense attorneys.  Has qualified to testify in civil and criminal trials.  Has testified as an expert witness in Federal, Superior and Municipal Courts.  Has worked for attorneys who represented the United States Government, State of California, counties, cities, bicycle manufactures, bicycle component part manufacturers, wholesale distributors, retail bicycle shops and insurance companies.

PATENTS:

Available Upon Request

AFFILIATIONS:

Society of Forensic Engineers and Scientists, Los Altos Hills, CA     Member since 1988
The League of American Bicyclists, USA     Member since 2014

CERTIFICATIONS:

Bicycle Mechanics Certificate, Barnett’s Bicycle Institute   1998
Bicycle Assembler’s Certificate, Barnett’s Bicycle Institute   1998
Accident Reconstruction Certificate, University of California, Riverside   1999
Intermediate Collision Investigation:  Skidmark Analysis Certificate, University of California   2000
Advanced Collision Investigation Certificate, University of California, Riverside   2000
Human Factors in Accident Reconstruction Certificate, University of California, Riverside   2001
Traffic Skills 101,  Bicycle Safety Certificate, The League of American Bicyclists, USA   2014


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