Dr. Pfeifer is a Consulting Engineer with a strong background in the design, development, and implementation of roadside safety hardware. Current work consists of vehicular accident reconstruction including the determination of vehicle dynamics and occupant kinematics, as well as seat belt use and analysis. Other ongoing projects include the investigation and analysis of mechanical systems and product failures, as well as the development of an automated material handling system.
BEC Consulting focuses on forensic engineering (accident reconstruction) and consulting engineering and is also involved in the research, development and design of products and systems. Our engineering team represents a variety of engineering disciplines; mechanical, biomechanical, civil, safety, industrial, metallurgy and materials. This diversity enables us to reconstruct a variety of types of accidents; automobile, truck, aircraft, boat, train, bicycle, ATV, product, roadway design, electrocution, fire and explosion, slip/trip and fall, "black box" (EDR) and more. The BEC services include investigation and documentation of the scene, engineering analysis, and creating all types of graphics in-house to support the engineering analysis during testimony in deposition and trial.
BackgroundQ: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering, University of Nebraska
Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering, University of Nebraska
Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, University of Nebraska
Certificate in Biomedical Engineering,
University of Florida
Registered Professional Engineer, Nebraska, Alabama and Florida
Collision Safety Institute, Certified Crash Data Retrieval Specialist
Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
A: American Society of Mechanical Engineers
American Society of Civil Engineers
Florida Engineering Society
American Society for Testing and Materials, Member of ASTM Committee E30 on Forensic Sciences
National Society of Professional Engineers
Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
A: Presentation entitled "Auto Accident Reconstruction Expert" - Florida Justice Association's - Expert Webinar Series, April 2016
Presentation entitled “Roadway Construction Zones - What could go wrong?" Presented at Florida Justice Association’s – “Hell on the Highways IV” Conference, St. Augustine, FL, December 2015
Presentation entitled “Evaluating the Bicycle Case – an Expert’s Perspective” Presented at Florida Justice Association’s – “Hell on the Highways III” Conference, Boca Raton, FL, December 2014
Presentation entitled “Investigating Auto Cases – How to Work With Your Expert to Prepare Your Case” Presented at the Florida Justice Association’s Masters of Justice Seminar, Orlando, FL, September 2014
Presentation entitled “Things Aren’t Always What They Seem: Reconstructing the Tricky Crash” Presented at the Florida Justice Association’s “Hell on the Highways” Conference, Tampa, FL, December 2013.
Presentation entitled "Construction Zone Accidents – What Went Wrong.” Presented at the Florida Justice Association’s “Hell on the Highways” Conference, St. Augustine, FL, December 2012.
Presentation entitled “Automation of Container Handling With the GRID System.” Presented at the International Port and Terminal Technology Conference, Houston, TX, April 2011
Presentation entitled “Streamlining Container Handling With the GRID System.” Presented at the International Port and Terminal Technology Conference, Houston, TX, April 2009.
Presentation entitled "Animation - Fact or Fiction" presented to a number of Audiences during 2000 and 2001.
Presentation entitled "Automobile Accident Reconstruction" presented to insurance adjusters.
"NCHRP Report 350 Testing of the BEST System" presented at the annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board.
"Safety Performance Evaluation of Two Iowa Work Zone Barriers" presented at the annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board.
Q: Have any of your accreditations ever been investigated, suspended or removed? (if yes, explain)
Q: On how many occasions have you been retained as an expert?
A: Several hundred.
Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
A: Automobile Accident Reconstruction
Trucking Accident Reconstruction
Pedestrian Accident Reconstruction
Bicycle Accident Reconstruction
At Grade Railroad Crossing Accidents
Construction Zone Accidents
Maintenance of Traffic
Automotive Component Design
Roadside Safety Appurtenances
Line of sight analysis
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the plaintiff?
A: Approximately 50%
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the defendant?
A: Approximately 50%
Q: On how many occasions have you had your deposition taken?
A: Approximately 100
Q: When was the last time you had your deposition taken?
A: August 2016
Q: On how many occasions have you been qualified by a court to give expert testimony?
A: Approximately 25 times
Q: On how many occasions have you testified as an expert in court or before an arbitrator?
A: Approximately 25 times
Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
A: Approximately 19 years
Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
A: Engineering Consulting
Site inspection and documentation, including surveys
Occupant Kinematics Analysis
Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)
A: Travel billed portal to portal plus expenses.
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