Christian A. Yates, M.S., P.E.

Mr. Christian A. Yates, M.S., P.E.

Quality Forensic Engineering, LLC - Jacksonville Office
c/o 2341 Hansen Ct
Tallahassee , FL 32301
Mobile: 850-591-1399
Office: 904-872-2080
Introduction

Mr. Chris Yates, P.E., is a Mechanical Engineer with specialties in accident reconstruction, including electronic module downloads for both automobile airbag modules and tractor-trailer electronic control modules. His expertise includes auto accidents, tractor-trailer accidents, bicycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, and other roadway accidents. His expertise also includes seat belts, occupant kinematics, product failure analysis and other general engineering issues.

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
  • Automotive
  • Bicycle
  • Biomechanics
  • Black Box/Data Recorder
  • Bus & Truck Safety/Accident
  • Demonstrative Evidence/Exhibits
  • Design Engineering
  • Equipment & Machinery
  • Forensic Engineering
  • Mapping & Surveying
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Motorcycles
  • Photogrammetry
  • Products Liability
  • Professional Engineering
  • Robotics
  • Safety Engineering
  • Seat Belts & Air Bags

Expert Background
Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
A: Registrations:
State of Florida Professional Engineer No. 58819

Education:
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL - 1999
Master of Science, Mechanical Engineering
Specialization: Dynamics and Robotics

Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA - 1995
Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering, with Honor
Specialization: Dynamic Systems and Design
Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
A: Florida Engineering Society (FES)
National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE)
American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
National Safety Council
Society of Automobitive Engineers
Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
A: Accident Reconstruction and Trucking Technologies, National Interstate Trucking Super Summit, St. Augustine, FL, May 16, 2016
All Data Energy Methods, Restraint Systems and Black Boxes, BEC Consulting, LLC, July 30, 2007
ACTAR Training, Benedict Engineering Company, March 2004
CDR Black Box Training, Benedict Engineering Company, September 23, 2003.
Airbag Black Boxes, Benedict Engineering Co., Inc., March 9, 2001
Accident Prevention Signs, FAMU-FSU School of Engineering, February 2000
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: Approximately 500
Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
A: Accident reconstruction including automobiles, tractor-trailers, motorcycles, pedestrians and bicycles and also occupant kinematics. Automotive product analysis including seatbelts, airbags, seat backs, crush and others.
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: Consulting, scene inspection and documentation including accurate mapping using survey gear, evidence inspection and documentation, testing, evidence storage including vehicles.
Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
A: 275
Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
A: 275
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
A: 275
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
A: 275
Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)
A: Travel time is billed portal to portal, travel expenses are billed. All copies are billed, evidence storage is billed, and usage of specialized equipment is billed.

References

References upon request.