Safety & Forensic Engineering

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    RKA’s safety and forensic engineering services seek to find the root causes of traffic crashes and help our clients overcome these issues to prevent any future problems.

    Our clients include state and local governments, attorneys, private parties, and homeowners associations. RKA has a deep pool of experienced professional engineers to draw upon for specific expertise as needed. RKA provides extensive pre- and post-construction safety review services, review of expert reports (such as traffic impact studies) as well as expert witness services including case file reviews/litigation strategy, field reviews and data collection, depositions/review of depositions, expert reports, and trial testimony as a qualified expert in court.

    Dr. Jeremy R. Chapman, PE, PTOE, RSP, JD, is our lead safety engineer and has over 23 years of combined experience as an engineering designer, manager, researcher, educator, field engineer, and expert witness. Dr. Chapman is a Fellow of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) and the outgoing chair of the ITE Standing Committee on Ethics, served for over a decade as a committee member on the Transportation Research Board’s Transportation Law Committee, and is a licensed professional engineer in 8 states, and certified as a Professional Traffic Operations Engineer and a Road Safety Professional. Dr. Chapman was a tenure-track faculty member at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology prior to returning to consulting engineering. His wide and varied experiences has afforded a deep knowledge of the practice of traffic engineering, and enables him to provide sound analysis and testimony regarding intersection and roadway safety, the proper use and placement of signs and pavement markings (including MUTCD compliance), traffic signal operations and signal corridor progression, work zone safety, school safety and Safe Routes to School, traffic control and access management, compliance with local ordinances and state laws, regulations, & standards, parking design and other private road issues.

    Areas of Expertise
    Pre- and Post-construction Safety Review Services
    Review of Expert Reports
    Case File Reviews
    Litigation Strategy
    Field Reviews
    Data Collection
    Depositions/Review of Depositions
    Expert Reports
    Trial Testimony
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