Richard M. Ziernicki, Ph.D., P.E.
President & CEO
Principal Mechanical Engineer
Dr. Ziernicki conducts and directs investigations of vehicular accidents, which include automobiles, tractor-trailers, buses, motorcycles, bicycles, and pedestrians. He also consults on industrial accidents and machinery failures and safety.
Dr. Ziernicki has evaluated several thousand industrial and vehicular accidents. Dr. Ziernicki’s accident reconstruction expertise has been featured over twenty seven times on local and national television including the Discovery Channel, Dateline NBC, National Geographic, MSNBC, and FOX News Channel on accidents such as the Princess Diana accident and recently on the Air France Flight 447 accident.
He performed research and field investigations for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) as an investigator and team member for NHTSA’s Crash Injury Research and Engineering Network (CIREN), which is comprised of engineers and trauma doctors. Dr. Ziernicki has presented papers and lectured at a number of technical conferences in the United States, Canada, Europe and South America. He is the author of over fifty publications, primarily in the fields of safety, mechanical engineering and vehicle accident reconstruction. Dr. Ziernicki is a contributing author of five books on forensic engineering.
Dr. Ziernicki is a member of several SAE Standards Committees. He is a Board Member and Past President for the National Academy of Forensic Engineers (NAFE). Dr. Ziernicki is also a Committee member of Accident Reconstruction, Program Technical Review and Web Site for the National Academy of Forensic Engineers. Dr. Ziernicki has been qualified as an expert witness in both State and Federal courts in several hundred cases. He has testified for both plaintiffs and defendants, and has worked with District Attorneys, Public Defenders, the State of Colorado Attorney General’s Office, and US Department of Justice and US Department of Defense.
“Newest Trends in Accident Reconstruction.” Richard M. Ziernicki, March 2013.
“Analysis of the Hazard of Wood Chipper Accidents.” Ashley M. Heist, Richard M. Ziernicki and Ben T. Railsback, November 2011.
“Danger! Falling Cargo. The Importance of Proper and Safe Securement of Your Load.” Richard M. Ziernicki and Ashley M. Heist, April 2011.
“Current Technology in Accident Reconstruction.” Invited Speaker. American Association for Justice 2012 Annual Convention (AAJ). Chicago, IL. 30 Jul. 2012.
“Ethics & The Expert Witness.” Speaker. National Trial Lawyers Summit. NTL and APITLA. South Beach, FL. 24 Jan. 2012.
“Forensic Engineering Investigation of Accidents Involving Corded Window Coverings.” Speaker. National Academy of Forensic Engineers Annual Meeting (NAFE). Miami Beach, FL. 07 Jan. 2012.
SELECTED MEDIA APPEARANCES
“Knott Lab’s Accident Reconstruction.” NatGeo Amazing! National Geographic Channel. 10 Sep. 2010.
“Air France Flight 447.” Geraldo At Large. Fox News Channel. 14 Jun. 2009.
“Princess Diana’s Death: Unanswered Questions.” Fox News Channel. 4 Aug. 2007.
“Out of Control: Why Cars Crash.” MSNBC. 2000/2001.