Hal Watson,Jr., PhD, P.E.

Hal Watson,Jr., PhD, P.E.

Watson Engineering Corp.
9629 Spring Branch Dr.
Dallas , TX 75238
Mobile: 214-914-2517

We do accident investigation and reconstruction and in the following areas: (1) Motor vehicle crashes (2) Industrial accidents (3)Construction site accidents (4) Invitee-Premise accidents such as slip,trip and fall (5) Heavy equipment accidents - forklifts, cranes, manlifts, etc.. Over a period of 45 years we have investigated several thousand mishaps and testified over 400 times in deposition and over 100 times in various courts with no successful adverse Dauber challenges. I am a retired, university engineering professor emeritus after 35 years of teaching and research during which I have been an active, licensed, consulting mechanical engineer and still am. Certified (ACTAR) traffic accident reconstructionist 2001-2006.

Areas of Expertise
  • Accident Investigation
  • Accident Reconstruction
  • Admiralty & Maritime
  • All Terrain Vehicles (ATV)
  • Automotive
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Bicycle
  • Biomechanics
  • Black Box/Data Recorder
  • Building Codes
  • Bus & Truck Safety/Accident
  • Chemicals
  • Child Safety
  • Construction
  • Construction Safety
  • Consumer Products
  • Conveyors
  • Design Engineering
  • Doors
  • Electrical
  • Elevator & Escalator
  • Equipment & Machinery
  • Ergonomics
  • Explosions
  • Failure Analysis
  • Fatigue
  • Fire
  • Fire Sprinkler Systems
  • Fitness Equipment
  • Forensic Engineering
  • Forklifts
  • Human Factors
  • Labels & Warnings
  • Ladders & Scaffolds
  • Latches & Fasteners
  • Lifts
  • Machine Guarding
  • Mapping & Surveying
  • Materials
  • Materials Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Medical Devices
  • Metallurgy
  • Motorcycles
  • Occupational Medicine
  • Oil & Gas
  • OSHA
  • Patents
  • Physics
  • Playground Safety
  • Plumbing & HVAC
  • Power Tools
  • Premises Liability
  • Products Liability
  • Railroad
  • Robotics
  • Safety
  • Safety Engineering
  • Seat Belts & Air Bags
  • Slip, Trip & Fall
  • Sound Engineering
  • Storage
  • Tires
  • Tractors
  • Trade Secrets
  • Trademarks
  • Traffic/Highway Safety
  • Transportation Safety
  • Vibration Analysis
  • Visibility
  • Walking & Working Surfaces
  • Warehouse Operations

Expert Background
Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
A: Ph.D. Engineering Mechanics, University of Texas, 1965-67; M.S. Engineering Mechanics, University of Texas, 1963-65; A.B. Columbia College, Columbia University, New York, 1958-62. Licensed Mechanical Engineer, Texas #40468. Accredited in motor vehicle traffic accident reconstruction, ACTAR #1177 (2001-2006). Graduate study in human factors engineering (Ergonomics). Several certificated short courses in accident investigation and reconstruction (ACTAR) and root causes, fires and explosions,job safety, OSHA regulations, mechanical design, stress analysis, structural analysis.
Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
A: ACTAR Certified (#1177)2001-2006; American Society for Metals, International (ASM); American Society for Testing Materials (ASTM); American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME);Paper Reviewer for Journal of Vibration,Systems and Control; American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE); Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE); Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME); Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE); National Association of Fire Investigators; American Plumbing Engineers.
Sigma Xi science honorary
Tau Beta Pi engineering honorary
Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
A: Taught 24 different graduate and undergraduate courses in mechanical engineering over 35 years as a full time professor at Southern Methodist University, School of Engineering and Applied Science, Department of Mechanical Engineering. Now Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering. Retired from fulltime teaching in 2001.Have testified over 400 times in deposition and over 100 times in court.
Q: Have any of your accreditations ever been investigated, suspended or removed? (if yes, explain)
A: NO. I let one lapse intentionally.
Q: On how many occasions have you been retained as an expert?
A: Over 400 times as testifying expert, over 800 times as consulting expert.
Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
A: Matters related to forensic mechanical engineering which have the potential to be involved in litigation, including mishaps such as vehicle collisions, industrial and construction accidents, failure of mechanical and electromechanical products. A more complete CV can be faxed or emailed to you on short notice. Call Carl, my aide-de-camp at 214-668-0254 or me at 214-914-2517. Email at halprof39@aol.com
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the plaintiff?
A: About 50%. It varies from month to month as cases open and close.
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the defendant?
A: About 50%.Also varies monthly.
Q: On how many occasions have you had your deposition taken?
A: Over 400 times.
Q: When was the last time you had your deposition taken?
A: 2018
Q: On how many occasions have you been qualified by a court to give expert testimony?
A: Over 150 times over 43 years.
Q: On how many occasions have you testified as an expert in court or before an arbitrator?
A: Over 150 times.
Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
A: 45 years.
Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
A: consulting, investigation and reconstruction, mechanical testing, electrical testing, lighting testing, reports, site and equipment inspections, preparation of alternative mechanical designs, product development, preparing questions for cross examination of experts, preparing courtroom models, animations and demonstrations; photography and videography; aerial photos, scaled CAD maps and scale model exhibits.
Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
A: $345/hour after initial phone calls and retention. No charges until retained. All work on most cases charged against retainers received in advance of work. Minimum retainer of 8 hours ($2760)per case and is nonrefundable after work begins. However, initial retainer depends on the amount of time needed initially in case, so could be more, especially if travel expense and time are involved in addition to file investigation.
Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
A: $345/hour. Averages about $3.45/page for depositions (100 pp/hr).
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
A: $345/hour with 8 hour minimum plus travel expenses. Includes standby time. Preparation time (predeposition file review) is extra.
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
A: $345/hour with 8 hour minimum and includes travel time, standby time and time on the stand. Preparation time is extra.
Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)
A: Travel expenses at cost; auto mileage@ $1.00/mile. Engineering Assistant time for actual work on case or file or field work @ $80/hr. Case file set up fee,archive fees and fees per image and/or print for photography both digital and film; archive fees and copy fees for video. Overnight postage fees at cost. Other expenses at cost. No charges for small items (paper clips etc.)or long distance calls.


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