Dr. August’s examination of a crash includes a detailed analysis of those involved, the site, and the evidence provided. He investigates collisions involving:
- Semi-Trucks & Trailers
- Air Brakes
- Transit & School Buses
- Vocational Vehicles (Dump, Cement, Garbage, etc.)
- Passenger Vehicles
Dr. August uncovers the causal factors that see a driver’s action(s) result in a collision. In some cases, the road user that caused the crash, was not involved in the collision. A driver brakes to miss an animal crossing the road, for example. Another vehicle following too close, swerves to avoid the braking car. The swerving driver loses control, and crashes into a concrete barrier. Cause and effect require a holistic investigation, which is provided in detailed case reports.
Driving is a social event. The phrase coined by Dr. August to describe driving as a social event is “social driving.” When investigating a crash and determining cause, driver error is often at the forefront of the analysis. However, the combination of vehicles, road users, the road, weather, and light must be considered and measured for their individual contributions.
Types of Investigations
School and transit bus driver are held to a higher standard of care than other drivers. Special precautions are expected and taught in in PDIC courses to ensure the safety of passengers. Most important, bus drivers and other transit personnel must also facilitate the transition from passenger to pedestrian and vise-versa. Dr. August has investigated many cases to determine if a bus driver is negligent in his/her duty of care when operating a transit bus. His experience driving for Greyhound Australia, a regional bus line in that country, and his work with transit authorities provides valuable insights into the skills and abilities required by a professional driver.
PDIC (Defensive Driver Training)
Motorcycle Riders, Cyclists and Pedestrians
At intersections, vulnerable road users (cyclists, motorcycle riders and pedestrians) are more likely to be sharing road space with vehicles. Identifying intersections, mapping road users there, and tracking them are tools to prevent traffic crashes here. Dr. August posits that many drivers collide with vulnerable road because:
- they fail to identify the type of intersection;
- they fail to map road users there;
- and drivers fail to track their movement.
The above is supported by the fact that 42% of crashes occur at intersections.
Get in touch!
How do we retain your services?
You can contact us here at Rick August, PhD. We will respond within 2 business days. We will have a brief discussion about your case. After sending us the case files, there will be a preliminary review of the documents. Dr. August will examine the evidence you send. Within 2 business weeks, he will contact you for a short meeting and discuss his finding. At that meeting, we will decide together on a report and its focus.
What is your unique perspective?
Dr. August specializes in road user behavior. He looks at the actions of road users and the motivating factors that led to the crash. When considering a case, Dr. August considers the following factors:
- and weather.
And not only these factors, but the combination of these factors and their variables in combination with defensive driving principles. He possesses an expertise in transit buses, air brakes, and other commercial vehicles.
How do we proceed with an examination of our case?
The cost of the preliminary examination in $1,000USD. This includes approximately 4 hours of time. This time includes the examination of documents sent, and the discussion of findings in a set meeting. The meeting is arranged within 2 weeks of payment being received.
How can I make payment?
You can make a payment online via stripe, or we can invoice you directly.
Can you expedite a file?
Yes. There are additional fees for expediting a file. In many instances we can produce a report for the courts within 5 business days.