Motor Carrier Accidents/The “Big Rigs”: Investigating Tractor-Trailer Accidents—Part I

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Webinar Description:

Justin Schorr will kick off the two-part series with an introduction to the differences bus and trucking companies are subjected to when the reconstruction engineer analyzes the collision event. Factors for consideration include vehicle size, weight, width, load; roadway size, design, and traffic controls; driver training, requirements, and standards; and company requirements, maintenance, and driver qualifications. Justin will then focus on actual trucking reconstruction case studies, where he will highlight from collision event to documentation to analysis what each player contributed (good or bad) to the handling of the collision event.


Justin P. Schorr, Ph.D, President, Principal Collision Reconstruction Engineer, DJS Associates

Justin’s expertise is rooted in three main segments: transportation engineering, applied mathematics, and intelligent systems engineering. Specific to collision reconstruction and intelligent vehicles, Justin is well trained in traffic engineering and highway safety, highway design, intelligent transportation systems, vehicle dynamics, real-world crash investigation, crash investigation and analysis, vehicle standards and crash test analysis, and intelligent control systems. 

Justin began his Secondary Education career by earning his undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from Northwestern University in 2008 and completed his 11-year odyssey by earning his Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Civil Engineering from George Washington University. Justin’s education does not end there, however, as he has also completed specialized training in Collision Reconstruction, Event Data Recorders (EDR). As an active member of the academic research community, Justin has published four peer-reviewed journal articles and eight refereed conference papers in the field of transportation safety and driver behavior. 

R. Scott King, BSME, Principal Automotive/Mechanical Engineer, DJS Associates

Scott has been with DJS Associates since 1999 and is an accomplished forensic engineer specializing in automotive and commercial trucking investigations. His rare blend of professional vehicle repair and mechanical engineering experience provides his clients an effective and efficient means of identifying and diagnosing root-cause factors in automotive forensic investigations. Event data recording technologies, vehicle steering and braking control systems, wheel detachment events, and vehicle repair industry best-practices are just of few of the technical areas he consults in regularly.

Scott graduated from Drexel University in 1997 with a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. Taking exclusively evening classes while working full-time as a professional automotive repair technician, his educational focus was in Dynamic Systems and Control Theory and Application. Upon graduation, Scott accepted a position at the Boeing Company as a member of the Mechanical Flight Controls design team supporting the CH-47 Chinook Tandem-rotor program. Scott continues his professional development through on-going research and training, and now leads the Automotive Division as a principal engineer at DJS. Spanning nearly 40 years in the vehicle repair and forensic engineering industries, Scott applies his extensive experience in civil and criminal matters, as well as complex class-action litigation.

Scott has presented CLE and CE accredited seminars to numerous associations across the United States on topics related to his areas of expertise including the latest in automotive and truck Event Data Recorder (EDR) technology and GPS Forensics.

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