STUART BLACKWOOD Principal Consultant

Principal Consultant



Stuart holds a Master of Science Degree with distinction in Forensic Collision Investigation and his role at TRL involves providing consultancy advice in incident investigation and accident reconstruction for police forces, legal and insurer clients. Based in our Edinburgh office he has recently conducted investigations and testing for clients in Portugal, Spain, Russia, Egypt, Turkey and Israel, as well as in the UK.

Stuart has extensive experience in dealing with and reporting on road traffic collisions, having served as a police officer for over 20 years with an unblemished conduct record. He has investigated and reconstructed collisions involving passenger carrying vehicles, large goods vehicles, cars, motorcycles and bicycles, as well as both adult and child pedestrian fatalities. He has also completed training and is experienced in the analysis of occupant movement and causative deformation of vehicle interiors relative to seating position and seat belt use.

He holds a City and Guilds of London Institute Certificate in Police Forensic Collision Investigation from Aberdeen University as well as Scottish Qualification Authority certificates in vehicle examination relating to all classes of vehicle and in the examination and calibration of both analogue and digital tachograph equipment. In addition to his police advanced driving certificate, he is trained in security and protection evasive driving techniques, holds a driving licence for large goods vehicles and is a certified National Cycle Instructor.

Stuart has experience in forensic CCTV analysis and photogrammetry techniques and has also conducted analysis in both road traffic and crime cases with regards to vehicle identification. Stuart is experienced in the use of diagnostic equipment and is certified to collect and interpret data from Event Data Recorders.

As part of his academic studies, Stuart has carried out research reviewing the collision interaction of pedestrians and cyclists involved in side impact collisions with large vehicles. His dissertation paper examined the potential benefits of fitting electronic sensor systems to the nearside of large vehicles and how the driver’s blind areas could be reduced.

Stuart is an experienced expert witness, having been recognised and commended by the Judiciary as an expert within his field. He has presented oral evidence in the Sheriff and High Courts during Criminal trials, as well as the Court of Session in Civil cases. He has also presented oral evidence in the Crown and County Courts in both Civil and Criminal cases, as well as at public Inquests.

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