I was filmed at ITV’s Salford studios for inclusion in an episode of ‘Judge Rinder’s Crime Stories’. It is expected to be aired in September 2019 and it concerns the Merseypride Travel coach crash on the A3 in 2012 in which the front nearside tyre burst, causing the coach to veer off the road which…Details
In 2017 I was asked by Avon & Somerset Police to investigate the failure of a front offside (front right) tyre on a lorry that swerved out of control, crossed over the central barrier of the M5 motorway north of Bristol and collided with oncoming cars. 5 people in those cars died. I found that…Details
I recently provided lectures for experienced Metropolitan Police Collision Investigators attending this course run by Chris Dunn of AiTS. I taught modules on Materials theory, Metals failures, Vehicle light bulbs, Speedometers & other vehicle instruments. This training will assist them when investigating fatal and serious injury accidents, and it will help them determine when additional…Details
On the topic of examining vehicle light bulbs, you may hear: “You don’t need to engage a light bulb Expert; examination of light bulbs is easy”. “If the filament has distorted the bulb was On at the time of the crash” “If it hasn’t distorted it was Off” Whilst it might be true in some,…Details
The Bill proposed by Maria Eagle MP as an Early Day Motion (see previous News item) failed to gain Government support and was lost on 1st December 2017. It is sad in that old tyres will still be permitted on PSVs (i.e. buses and coaches), as they will on HGVs, and so further lives are…Details
Currently an Early Day Motion (no. 167) is progressing through parliament. It aims to replace the current advisory limit of 10 years for tyres on the front axles and single rear wheels of PSVs (Public Service Vehicles) with a mandatory 10 year limit for all tyres on PSVs. This motion has been brought by Maria…Details
The National Crime Agency (NCA) recently accredited David as an Expert for a further period. He has provided expert advice to them on various occasions in recent years.
Also in June 2017 David attended the 2 day Institute of Traffic Accident Investigators conference at Hinckley. A useful time to network and discuss accidents. The conference was organised into various subject types: Autonomous Vehicles, Cyclist/Pedestrian Safety, Data Capture (inc. CCTV), as well as more commonly discussed areas of investigation.
In June 2017 David attended the Institute of Traffic Accident Investigators’ Crash Day at Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground. Numerous staged crashes were organised with speeds of between 5mph and 93mph! Most vehicles were cars but some tests involved a lorry and one a moped. It’s obviously very useful to have damage produced at known speeds and…Details