Scott Taylor- TETRA Animations and Reconstructions
Listed in Accident Reconstruction, Automotive, Aviation, Ballistics, Biomechanics, Computers, Construction Defects, Criminology, Electrical, Engineering and Physical Science, Fire, Graphics Consultants, Human Factors, Industry, Information Technology, Legal Support Services, Mechanical Engineering, Premises Liability, Products Liability, Safety, Slip Trip & Fall, Software Engineering, Structural Engineering
- 1 Brynhurst Circle, Greenville, SC, 29615
· Physics 152, 4 hours credit, tested into advanced course (consolidating 6 hours course work). Including Newtonian physics used in accident reconstruction, acceleration/deceleration (of velocity, and rotations, rollovers), braking friction coefficients, momentum conservation, centrifugal force, etc.
· Differential and integral calculus 14 hours credit. Velocity = rate of distance change vs time, acceleration = rate of velocity change vs time, Momentum = mass x velocity
· Mechanical drawing- 3 hours credit. This course taught drawing to visualize 2D/3D perspectives, see how acceleration is the differential of velocity vs time, and velocity is the differential of distance vs time.
· Engineering Science Aeronautical Engineering Statics and Dynamics 207, 3 hours credit. Newtonian Physics of moving objects, resolving a force vector into components x, y, and z, over time. His experienced proof of this course occurred in his first Rockies skiing at Jackson Wyoming, where his ability escalated from intermediate to an expert skier, by imagining skiing force vectors, tuned one by one, until just a few vectors controlled skiing an expert steep slope in a "white out" blizzard of only 3' visibility, only by feeling the forces.
· Quantitative A.I. Methods of applied optimization and applied statistics, 305 306, 6 hours credit. Course examples could include industrial and electrical engineering, computer sciences, economics, statistics, and industrial engineering. Most all SAE physics research papers present statistical conclusions regarding perception reaction times, braking/acceleration times, night visibility, distance, witness speed. etc.
· Statistics A.I. - 6 hours credit. Reconstructions use in analyzing vehicles motions range of variability and expected value, to understand studies, of witness estimates inaccuracy (distance, speed, and time).
· A.I. Artificial Intelligence programming- in several courses on Purdue's CDC Control Data Super Computer, of statistics, CPM Critical Path Method, Linear Programming, Shop Floor Layout, and more.
Skill- · IQ 143 = 1 in 278 people, on the GRE Graduate Schools Records Exam at age 26 in the Navy, and joined "high IQ society" MENSA Board of Directors. By comparison, the average American university student has a 113 IQ equal to 1 in 5 people.
· 99% aptitude in "Mathematical Usage", tested by pre college Merit Scholar exam
· 98% aptitude in “Mathematical Formulations”, tested by Purdue Engineering entrance exam
· "Top Secret Security Clearance", highest clearance, qualified in NAVY after background investigation
· Over 88% of studied 230 cases in 2009 had satisfactory early settlement offers, and ~9% were considered won in trial, which are due to skills of- 1. Skillfully crafted animations visually demonstrating physics of the accident. 2. simple and clear Accident Reconstruction reports logic of how the animations demonstrate evidence/statements, and 3. Physics description of why alternative theories are unlikely.
· Listed above are many proprietary examples of very complicated reconstructionist tasks, including passing the leading edge of current expert's studies at that time, such as 1. 9 vehicles sequential freeway accident, 2. Twilight sunset subtle night lighting trucking experiment 3. a whiplash model used for 14 cases, or 4. wrote 2 reconstruction animations admissibility papers for presentation by attorney Kendall Few, live to NITA- the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, or 5. proving admissibility testimony design in trial, for expert qualification, 1st animations viewing admissibility in many courts, and setting of national precedent.
· One of countless examples of his technical skill, was on a Navy carrier, where he used his A.I. to design a maintenance system of 98% of planned computer up time, the highest reported world wide, starting at 61% without any instructions, and published the results in a NAVY magazine article, which is available.
· Complex freeway multi-vehicle sequential accidents- the most complex involved 5 trucks and 4 cars, for 11 impacts, whereas a simple accident has 2 vehicles and 2 impacts.
· Cars and pickup trucks, not including heavy trucks ~55 cases
· 3D crime scene reconstructions- of over 22 cases, including 18 shootings with ~53 shots fired, 21 wall/window holes animation ballistic angles lined up, 3 cases involving police excessive force, gunpowder spray, knifing, wire strangling, shotgun blast, shells ejection pattern, and accidental shot.
· Subtle night lighting involved in vehicle accidents- ~15 cases,
· Surprise 3 compounded delays of perception reaction time- 1 case,
· Motorcycles- ~13 cases,
· Whiplash neck & spine injuries- using mathematics model for adaptation to cases, ~14 cases,
· Vehicles and equipment products liability- ~13 cases,
· Explosions and fires- vehicles and houses- ~12 cases
· Forklifts- ~11 cases,
· Pedestrian accidents- ~9 cases,
· Trains collisions with vehicles- ~7 cases
· Rain/fog/snow/ice vehicle accidents- ~6 cases,
· Cranes and lifts- ~5 cases,
· Driver obscured visibility due to foliage liabilities- ~5 cases,
· Electrocutions- 4 cases- people, circuit panels, and explosions,
· Vehicles vaults- ~3 cases,
· Riding lawnmower product liability deaths- 2 cases,
· Other specialties produced- Vehicle rollovers, falls from 2nd story, slip and falls, sailing failure to yield, flood of lowlands, Hurricane Hugo cottage waves damage, bicycle accident, nursing home inadequate care, scuba diver, sun glares, dog knocked toddler over, gyroscopic force encouraged vehicle tipover, NOA wind direction gaseous dispersion, saddle bag gas tank, hurricane trees behavior, and 2 Patent violations.
· Physics study of car window glass shatter dispersions, with shattered glass spills out the top of the front passenger window, to obtain glass dispersion distances from the road edge.
· Night lighting of animated accident, national precedent admissibility standard
· Physics headlight visibility distance experiment, of when a car was visible at hill crest, so that an animation would be accurate regarding time of visibility.
· Night traffic experiment, to statistically determine the average location of 35 cars
stopping and turning left into a gas station.
· Twilight sunset subtle night lighting experiment, to photograph exact lighting luminance, hue, and saturation values of trailer visibility strips, and lights. The time matched time of accident relative to sunset.
· Night reflectors and license plate visibility distance experiment. This provided a reliable visibility distance, and a much more realistic and accurate animation view.
· Photography and surveying experiment of foliage locations blocking visibility of a train (warning signal lights mistakenly bagged), so animation foliage types and sizes matched exactly.
· Photography experiment of visibility from a stop sign, of foliage blocking driver's
vision. The animation's driver view was then identically blocked by accurate sized foliage.
· Night commercial district lighting photography, 3 sessions managed live by phone, for accurate animations photographed backgrounds of what illegal J Walkers looked like running in front of cars.
· Experiment of a hands held gyroscopic precession force model. When jurors abruptly turned handles of a spinning child's bike tire, the tire tried to twist/roll at a ninety degree angle to the turn direction. This non obvious invisible powerful force, significantly contributes to rollover for "super lifted" trucks with large tires.
· Physics experiment of a crane boom physical model to find average fall time and acceleration.
Scott is likely America’s most experienced all around animator of reconstructions, experienced in 278 retained cases in 38 states, 37 specialties, 25 testimonies, for plaintiffs and defendants, over 26 years. He initially researched 9 “rules of evidence” books to pioneer the 1991 judges admissibility questions documents for the National Institute For Trial Advocacy (NITA), for attorney Kendall Few, which then enabled first animations jury viewing in many states by providing Scott’s NITA document to judges. He has 12 main qualifications:
1- He has been retained in 41 new cases since 2009 (including 5 Trucking and 5 Criminal Defense).
2- His hourly fee is 39% less than 2019 expert’s averages. See further large cost savings in item #10 below.
3- 36% were repeats animations by attorneys or experts in prior cases, in his 2009 study.
4- He was honored twice to speak with Federal Judge Anderson, at CLE programs where the Judge stated “It is difficult to imagine a more effective tool for enhancing your case presentation…A Bar study reported “The combination of verbal and visual delivery is remembered six times as effectively as verbal delivery alone”.
5- Scott was the pioneer who wrote 2 Papers suggesting American Judge’s animations admissibility questions, based on 12 Law books of “Federal Evidence Rules” precedents, for Attorney Kendall Few to present live to the National Institute For Trial Advocacy (NITA), annual meeting in Keystone, Colorado. Kendall was awarded the Southern Trial Lawyers Warhorse Award, has been referred to as a “widely respected trial lawyer” by CBS 60 Minutes, and recognized as an automotive safety “Watchdog” by Automotive News.
6- 87% of cases settled before trial (if finished 1 month before trial), 9% “won” in trial, in his 2009 study.
7- Trucking cases equaled 61% of animations programming hours, as found in his 2009 study.
8- As a pioneer he testified for 1st animations jury viewing in SC, and many other states.
9- He was qualified as an Expert for Animations of Reconstructions, in Federal, State, and Criminal Courts.
10- Clients have received large financial savings for cases, since,
– Scott seldom needs to visit an accident or 3D crime site (relying upon Google Earth photos/distances, statements, diagrams, photos, expert’s reconstructions, local photographers, etc.).
– He seldom is asked for a deposition before early settlement, since 87% settle before trial.
– If funded, he can complete case theory in a report or by phone, explaining in detail why animations agree with evidence, witness testimony, Accident Reconstruction physics formulas, research papers, and books.
– If funded, in his report or conversation, he explains why significantly different theories are unlikely.
– Many attorneys say, they may request a deposition later, if early settlement is unsuccessful.
11- Return on investment usually returns costs several times over, many tenfold, and some greater.
12- Attorneys and experts in 38 states, report they can justify requests for more equitable settlement amounts, enabling settling before trial, avoiding trial time, and trial risks.
13- Expansion of #4 above- I am honored that the Honorable Federal Judge G. Ross Anderson invited me to present 15 animations with him in 2 CLEs, first at an Annual SC Trial Lawyers Convention at Hilton Head Island, where he stated “Computer animation allows attorneys [and Experts] to convert witnesses’ verbal testimony into dynamic, visual demonstrations capable of mentally transporting jurors to the scene. It is difficult to imagine a more effective tool for enhancing your case presentation.” He also stated in a trial transcript- “animation would show in approximately two minutes the… entire theory of the case and the testimony of the expert, along with that of numerous other eye witnesses which would otherwise probably take two days of trial time.” An American Bar Association study discovered that, “after three days…the combination of verbal and visual delivery of information is remembered six times as effectively as verbal delivery alone.”