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The Basics

We handle all traffic investigations and reconstructions: commercial vehicles, cars, motorcycles, and pedestrians. Our specialty is commercial vehicles and FMCSR (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations).

At STARS we are a company working to protect you. We start our investigation by scientifically documenting all crash information independent of police investigators, including obtaining, reviewing, and critiquing the police's crash investigation. We examine the incident for factors that mitigate wrong-doing as well as information that would support legal action by the company to recoup losses. After identifying any issues that could direct future litigation against your company, we recommend any testing useful to defend company liability. At STARS we provide expert testimony for your company's legal representation regarding your case. We also provide a professional report with case information, testing information, photos, and video.

What's Involved?

Full Vehicle Inspections

We conduct/interpret engine computer downloads and perform full DOT inspections.  We always bring a portable compressor to inspect air brake systems and brake adjustments.  We inspect electronics in the power unit and the trailer.  We have experience in all CMV safety technologies such as Wabco’s On Guard, Bendix’s Wingman, Detroit Diesel’s Assurance, and various dash-cam systems.     



We inspect motor carrier documentation required to be retained by FMCSR to review driver vetting and training, vehicle inspection & maintenance, and motor carrier safety history and compliance to FMCSRs.  The records that we inspect include driver’s hours-of-service (paper & digital) for fatigue causing violations. 


Deposition Assistance

We assist council by proposing questions based on FMCSR requirements, CDL driver training, and industry standards, adopted to the case at hand.


Driver & Industry Standards

We have background in CDL training and providing FMCSR compliance consulting to motor carriers (including safety management plans).


Crash Scene Documentation

It is an art to read crash scene evidence. We have utilized drones to document scenes since 2017, using Pix-4-D software.  The software uses multi-ray photogrammetry to produce scale 3-D images.  The image of the scene can be used to measure evidence that may have been captured in police photos but not measured by police


Passenger Vehicle Electronics

We use the latest technology to examine digital data associated with crashes to determine causation.  We use CDR Can plus as well as the newest CDR 900 systems to read/interpret data from passenger vehicle airbag systems.  We use software to read passenger vehicle diagnostic trouble codes to determine whether vehicle malfunctions contributed to crashes.

We also utilize iVe software to download/read/interpret infotainment & telematic system data from vehicles (speed, gps tracking, event data, call logs, messages, etc.).


Video Evidence

Home and business security cameras, as well as dash cams and even cell phone video capture an increasing number of crash events. We utilize Input Ace video software to fully capture digital records which are lost or corrupted by most common players. 


Cell Phones/Tablets

Little needs to be said about the prevalence of and distraction to driving by smart phones. There are very few cases in which we do not analyze cell phone/tablet use for distraction caused by voice/data usage, including use of apps which do not leave a cellular track. We use a variety of software & equipment, including Cellebrite.

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