Seat Belt Expert - Steve Parkin BSc (Hons), CEng MIMechE, MAE, MITAI,

I am a Bachelor of Science with an Honours degree in Mechanical Engineering [BSc(Hons)], obtained from the University of Birmingham. I am a Chartered Engineer [CEng], and a member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers [MIMechE]. I am an elected member of the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine, and an accredited member of the Academy of Experts [MAE], and the Institute of Traffic Accident Investigators [MITAI]. In addition, I am on the Law Society Panel of Expert Witnesses, and I am CPR/SJE compliant.

I was employed by the Accident Research Centre at the University of Birmingham from May 1987, and I was the Deputy Director of the Centre from December 1988 until July 1996.

At the Centre I was involved in the examination of crashed vehicles that had been involved in accidents in the West Midlands and West Mercia Police regions. This work involved the investigation and interpretation of the causation of occupant injury, based on the fundamentals of occupant kinematics and injury thresholds. Injury causation mechanisms to individual body regions by injury type was a significant part of this work. The severities of the accidents ranged from damage only to fatalities. I have lectured on aspects of accident investigation, including the forensic examination of seat belts, and accident reconstruction, to the Police and other accident reconstruction professionals, such as the Institute of Traffic Accident Investigators.

I have also been involved in 1300 or so accident reconstructions (of cars, pedestrians, motorcycles, cyclists and Goods vehicles), involving vehicle and scene examinations; calculation of speeds of vehicles from skid marks, debris distribution, vehicle damage; establishing seat belt use for contributory negligence, and others. I have given evidence on numerous occasions for civil and criminal cases, and at inquests. I operate an accident reconstruction/expert witness practice, which was established in 1989.

I am trained in giving evidence and report writing (Academy of Experts).

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