What we need from the Road Traffic Accident Investigator (Physics Background they prefer)
They presently have a number of vacancies for Road Traffic Accident Investigators to undertake forensic investigations of a wide range of road traffic and vehicle related incidents and accidents including vehicle component failures.
These investigations will usually be undertaken in relation to criminal charges or civil liability claims. Our clients include international insurers, loss adjusters, solicitors, insurance brokers and the Police. Their clients require prompt and accurate technical advice, sometimes at very short notice, regarding the cause of the incident or accident and assistance with determining liability.
FYI, they love physicists for this role, who are keen to use the scientific method, to draw technical conclusions for this role.
The Nature of the Work for Road Traffic Accident Investigators
We are offering you a rare opportunity to enter a unique and very rewarding profession in which the variety and the nature of the technically focused work is extremely diverse and challenging, thus providing you with what we consider is unrivalled job satisfaction.
A key attraction of this role is that you will often have the opportunity to be responsible for seeing the technical investigation through from beginning to end, from initially collecting the evidence at the scene to preparing the final technical report and ultimately giving expert evidence in Court.
You will have the opportunity to investigate a broad range of road traffic and vehicle related incidents and accidents that will require you to apply scientific and engineering principles. The unpredictable nature and location of the work are key attractions of this role.
Your work will often require you to visit the location of an incident or accident, sometimes at short notice, to record and gather evidence and to examine vehicles, vehicle components and other physical evidence, sometimes in a laboratory environment. There is also a practical element to the job in that on occasion you will be required to carefully dismantle equipment or component assemblies in a systematic manner to obtain the evidence that you require to determine the cause of a failure.
This practical aspect of the work also extends to the requirement to devise and undertake ad hoc tests, as and when the need arises.
The list below provides an overview of the various aspects of the job:
- Conducting scene-based investigations to record and gather the available physical evidence.
- Preparing scene plans and undertaking time and distance studies.
- Accident reconstruction.
- Determining vehicle speeds from physical evidence and crushing damage.
- Obtaining details regarding the background and circumstances surrounding the incident by
- interviewing people associated with the incident.
- Reviewing Police reports and other documentation that may comprise photographs, plans/drawings, operating manuals and maintenance records.
- Undertaking telephone enquiries of vehicle and equipment suppliers and manufacturers to obtain technical information.
- Consulting relevant standards, regulations and other published guidance.
- Undertaking technical literature reviews.
- Providing the client with timely preliminary verbal and/or written advice in a form that can be readily understood by a layperson and ultimately a Judge.
- Examining vehicles and vehicle related components.
- Testing vehicles and vehicle related components.
- Preparing reports that may be in the form of a brief letter style report or in the form of a detailed, illustrated report for Court proceedings.
- Attending client meetings to discuss your investigation.
- Meeting with experts appointed by the other involved parties as part of the litigation process.
- Providing expert witness evidence in Court, which may involve being questioned in depth by a Barrister.
The Road Traffic Accident Investigator position is a technically demanding and challenging role requiring a good understanding of scientific and engineering principles and their application.
Ideally you will:
- Have attained a good honours degree in an engineering or an appropriate science-based subject, such as physics.
- Have gained several years of postgraduate experience, preferably in a science or engineering related field.
- Have an aptitude and enthusiasm for problem solving.
- Be self-motivated and be able to work effectively under pressure.
- Have experience of undertaking technical investigations.
- Have practical ability in addition to a strong academic record.
- Have the ability to communicate technical concepts clearly, both verbally and in writing, to others less informed than yourself.
- Be prepared to work unpredictable hours, as and where the work demands.
- Be prepared to provide expert witness evidence in Court when required.
- highly competitive starting salary
- unparalleled prospects.
- five weeks holiday
- a contributory pension scheme
- medical insurance
- life assurance
- permanent health insurance
- company car.
- Where appropriate a relocation package is available
- London Office appointment have London weighting
Send your CV & Details to – CV@charlesfranciscooper.co.uk (please state in the Subject line what role you wish to apply for)
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