We don’t just solve the puzzle we put the pieces back together!
Mr. Joel Helms – one of our consultants on the road teaching!
George Ripsom & Associates was started in 1985 to specialize in the narrow field of Traffic Collision Investigation and Reconstruction of Forensic Science. As time has progressed, the need for this specialty has grown exponentially. The reason is that traffic collisions are violent events comprised of complicated dynamics and injury mechanisms. Law enforcement officers are no longer educated in these areas, and cannot perform these functions. This leads to incorrect determinations of guilt and cause, and inappropriate charges being filed.
The physics principles are usually confusing to the inexperienced, and therefore require clear, concise and thorough analysis. This analysis must then be able to be provided to a trier-of-fact in a manner that they can easily understand. A qualified traffic collision reconstruction expert is a vital tool in making the correct determination of events and relating them properly.
Any time a traffic offense or collision occurs, a collision reconstruction expert should be retained immediately. They will prove invaluable at all stages of the trial or settlement process. The level and extent of the services provided varies in every case. Involvement may be as simple as a case review or as complex as an animation or 3d simulation or even a reenactment.
George Ripsom & Associates often provides a review of the original report(s), depositions and statements, as well as obtaining additional documents in reference to the case. The experts then review the needs of the case, in collaboration with the retained attorney. Vehicle and scene inspections are usually required to assess environmental, human, and mechanical factors; locate trace evidence, document damage and conditions, assess injury mechanisms and identify potential defects. Mathematical models are then created to determine speed, forces, time, distance and causation. The ability, or lack thereof, for avoidance of the event or injury is then evaluated. The client is completely involved through every facet of this process to aide in strategy.
At the conclusion of the reconstructive analysis, this information can be provided to one of our many associated biomechanical experts, engineering experts, medical experts or other specialist, as necessary. In the courtroom of today, with the advent of television programs like CSI, a case cannot be successfully determined without this kind of integrated approach.