Dr. Brian G. Pfeifer, Ph.D., P.E.

Quality Forensic Engineering, LLC
2341 Hansen Court
Tallahassee , FL 32301
Mobile: 850-591-8698
Office: 850-583-5510

Introduction

With over 20 years of experience investigating and testifying in cases involving a variety of forensic engineering issues, Dr. Pfeifer is a leading expert in accident reconstruction, roadside safety, maintenance of traffic, and analysis of mechanical systems, and product failures. Dr. Pfeifer has a strong background in the design, development, and implementation of roadside safety hardware including guardrails, bridge rails, and crash cushions. Over 33 patents have been filed worldwide on behalf of Dr. Pfeifer and associated colleagues who invented safer guardrail systems and terminals, vehicle storage systems, shipping container handling systems, and material handling and storage methods. Dr. Pfeifer has published numerous papers to various organizations including the Transportation Research Board and Port Technology International, covering topics ranging from new guardrail systems, energy absorbing guardrail terminals, and breakaway mechanisms incorporated in traffic signs to material handling technology. Dr. Pfeifer’s expertise has been shared with many organizations such as the Florida Justice Association, Palm Beach County Justice Association, American Bar Association, Defense Research Institute, and Alabama Defense Lawyers Association with presentations he’s made on topics including vehicle collisions, bicycle accidents, roadway constructions zones, and accident reconstruction expert witness utilization. Dr. Pfeifer is a registered Professional Engineer in three states and stays current with learning new technology in the field of forensic engineering. He has refined his skills and knowledge of accident reconstruction and roadside safety by taking dozens of continuing education courses over the span of his career.

Quality Forensic Engineering is a full-service forensic engineering and accident reconstruction firm, specializing in reconstruction of accidents involving passenger vehicles, tractor-trailers, pedestrians, bicycles, and motorcycles. Each senior engineer at Quality Forensic Engineering, LLC has over 20 years of experience in the industry. Our engineers provide expert analysis for roadside safety concerns, construction zones, industrial equipment, occupant kinematics, premises liability, code violations, product design, and vehicle controllability. Industrial accidents, workplace safety, and slip / trip / and fall accidents are also our specialties.

We utilize the latest technology for documenting evidence and retrieving data including FARO 3D scanning, aerial drone imaging, and black box downloads. Our forensic experts are mobile, supporting clients all over the U.S., and our headquarters is located in Tallahassee, Florida with a satellite office in Jacksonville, Florida.


Areas of Expertise

  • Accident Investigation
  • Accident Reconstruction
  • Admiralty & Maritime
  • Automotive
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Bicycle
  • Biomechanics
  • Black Box/Data Recorder
  • Bus & Truck Safety/Accident
  • Civil Engineering
  • Construction
  • Demonstrative Evidence/Exhibits
  • Design Engineering
  • Equipment & Machinery
  • Failure Analysis
  • Fire
  • Forensic Engineering
  • Golf
  • Ladders & Scaffolds
  • Lighting & Illumination
  • Mapping & Surveying
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Medical Devices
  • Motorcycles
  • Personal Injury
  • Premises Liability
  • Products Liability
  • Professional Engineering
  • Railroad
  • Ramp & Stairs
  • Safety Engineering
  • Seat Belts & Air Bags
  • Slip, Trip & Fall
  • Tires
  • Traffic/Highway Safety
  • Visibility
  • Walking & Working Surfaces

Expert Background

Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
A: Education:

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

Registration:
Registered Professional Engineer, Nebraska, Alabama and Florida
FAA Remote Pilot Certification
Collision Safety Institute, Certified Crash Data Retrieval Specialist
Certified Counter Balance Forklift Operator
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 “Accident Reconstruction Basics and Cross Examination” - Palm Beach County Justice Association - SCOPE X Attorney Seminar, December 2016
Presentation entitled “How to Better Utilize Your Accident Reconstruction Expert Witness” – Civil Litigation for Paralegals & Legal Assistants Seminar, June 2016
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)
A: No
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 Collisions
Tractor / Trailer Collisions
Bicycle Accidents
Motorcycle Accidents
Pedestrian Accidents
Occupant Kinematics
Roadside Safety
Guardrails
Construction Zones
Black Box Analysis
Highway Safety
Product Design
At Grade Railroad Crossing Accidents
Maintenance of Traffic
Safety Engineering
Structural Analysis
Automotive Component Design
Premises Liability
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: Rule 26 testimony list is available upon request.
Q: When was the last time you had your deposition taken?
A: Rule 26 testimony list is available upon request.
Q: On how many occasions have you been qualified by a court to give expert testimony?
A: Rule 26 testimony list is available upon request.
Q: On how many occasions have you testified as an expert in court or before an arbitrator?
A: Rule 26 testimony list is available upon request.
Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
A: 20+ years
Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
A: Engineering Consulting
Accident Reconstruction
Failure Analysis
Site inspection and documentation, including surveys
Occupant Kinematics Analysis
Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
A: $375
Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
A: $375
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
A: $375
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
A: $375
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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