Physical inspection of a vehicle allows TRL to answer a number of key questions when investigating an incident, such as: Does it have damage that is consistent with the reported circumstances ? Does it have any mechanical defects or other features that could have been relevant ? Would the driver have been aware of any defects found ? Findings from a vehicle inspection before it has been repaired or disposed of can be retained as evidence in any future proceedings or litigation.
The mechanical failure of a vehicle component can have serious consequences. Figures published by the Department for Transport show that in 2018 (the most recent data) vehicle defects contributed to nearly 3% of fatal accidents. Culpability or liability for the consequences of an accident resulting from, for example, a poorly maintained vehicle can be demonstrated by the results of a detailed inspection by a suitably qualified and experienced Expert. TRL’s evidence can lead to an early settlement of a claim or a successful outcome in Court.
TRL’s Experts are highly trained and have many years’ experience of vehicle assessment and inspection, ranging from bicycles to tractors and large goods vehicles. We have provided evidence of mechanical failures in Criminal and Civil cases after careful examination of vehicles and components, such as brake hoses, light bulbs and suspension assemblies. The TRL Expert Witness Team contains Mechanical and Electrical Engineers who understand how to assess the condition of all types of vehicle and are trained in the use of sophisticated diagnostic equipment.
Our team have experience of all vehicle types, including:
•On-road vehicles such as motorcycles, bicycles and cars
•Public service vehicles and goods vehicles of all sizes
•Vehicles involved in motorsport
•Plant/mechanical handling equipment
•Military, agricultural and emergency vehicles
A mechanical inspection can be combined with retrieval of electronic data. This may identify faults that have been stored in the vehicle’s onboard systems and provide evidence of relevant defects, or driver actions that may have been contributory to a collision.
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