Sample of STARS Consulting Cases:

Crash Dispute:                9-Vehicle (2-Semi) in a snow squall                   Civil - Severe Injury

 

SYNOPSIS:  Client was a passenger in one of several vehicles impacted by two tractor-trailers during a snow squall.  OSHP was unable to correctly define the sequence of crash events.  Disputant’s employer denied liability.

INVESTIGATION:  Analysis of OSHP photos, witness statements, relative locations of vehicles at-rest, time-distance, commercial-vehicle specific kinematics, commercial vehicle air brake operation, reconstruction of data secured from the Eaton-VORAD collision warning system used by one of the semis, analysis of post-crash inspection of both semis.

FINDINGS:

OUTCOME – Positive


Crash Dispute:                        Car vs. 16 Passenger Van                    Civil - Double Fatality

SYNOPSIS:  Disputant filed wrongful death action against client’s estate citing Highway Patrol investigation finding excessive speed and left-of-center. 

INVESTIGATION:  Vehicle analysis, investigation of hydroplane propensity, investigation of crash site hydrology history, review of OSHP investigation.

FINDINGS:

OUTCOME – Positive


Crash Dispute:                       2-Car (non-contact)                                   Civil - Severe Injury

SYNOPSIS:  Disputant claimed client was left-of-center which forced his loss of control & subsequent crash into a tree. 

INVESTIGATION:  Forensic Map of Scene & approach, analysis of speed using crush-deformation

FINDINGS:

OUTCOME – Positive


Crash Dispute:                              Car vs. Motorcycle                                Civil - Fatality

 

SYNOPSIS:  Client (passenger on cycle) was killed upon impact with a car after the cycle operator drove at unsafe speed in a reckless manner.

INVESTIGATION:  Trajectory/speed analysis, motorcycle-specific deceleration analysis, time-distance analysis, review of OSHP reconstruction.

FINDINGS

  OUTCOME – Positive


Crash Dispute:                                          2-Car                                     Civil - Injuruy

SYNOPSIS:  Client collided with a car that pulled into her path from a private drive.  An independent witness alleged that client was speeding.  Disputant’s insurance denied payment based upon witness.

INVESTIGATION:  Momentum analysis, time-distance analysis, perception-reaction time analysis, forensic map, line-of-sight analysis.

FINDINGS:

OUTCOME – Positive


Crash Dispute:                               Car vs. Motorcycle                            Civil - Serious Injury

 

SYNOPSIS:  Disputant changed lanes on multi-lane highway, side-swiping client (on motorcycle) causing him to crash.

INVESTIGATION:  Vehicle examination, analysis of disputant’s line-of-sight (passenger mirror), time-distance analysis, analysis of occupant-cycle kinematics.

FINDINGS:

OUTCOME – Positive