ERT Overview

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FMG’s 24/7 Emergency Response Team (ERT) is there when you need it. You have immediate around-the-clock access to our attorneys and network of qualified investigators and experts. Our attorneys provide you with a single point of contact for an immediate determination of the appropriate response; where warranted, they will dispatch ERT members to an accident…

FMG’s 24/7 Emergency Response Team (ERT) is there when you need it. You have immediate around-the-clock access to our attorneys and network of qualified investigators and experts.

Our attorneys provide you with a single point of contact for an immediate determination of the appropriate response; where warranted, they will dispatch ERT members to an accident location to:

  • Coordinate and manage on-scene accident investigation
  • Interface with law enforcement and administrative officials
  • Obtain driver and witness statements
  • Document, collect, preserve, and analyze evidence
  • Oversee vehicle and cargo recovery and salvage

Our ERT includes a network of investigators and experts with knowledge, training, and experience in the areas of:

  • Accident Site Investigation & Reconstruction, including retrieval and analysis of electronic control module (ECM) and communications data
  • Photographic Documentation
  • Mechanical Inspection & Analysis
  • Towing & Recovery Service, including site clean-up
  • Secure Storage (vehicles and cargo)
  • Safety & Regulatory Compliance
  • Investigative Services, including witness location and statements
  • Traffic Safety Engineering
  • Fire Investigation, Cause & Origin
  • Criminal defense and traffic court attorneys

FMG has established relationships with, and immediate access to, additional experts in the areas of:

  • Electronic Data & Computer Forensic Services
  • Metallurgical & Failure Analysis
  • Biomechanical Engineering, Occupant Kinematics, Human Factors Analysis
  • Medical & Neuropsychiatric Evaluation
  • Autopsy, Pathology & Toxicology
  • Vocational Rehabilitation & Functional Capacity Evaluation
  • Life-Care Planning
  • Forensic Accounting

Our team’s capabilities include:

Legal – Civil and Criminal/Traffic

  • Assess incident and determine appropriate level of response
  • Engage appropriate experts
  • Coordinate/manage on-scene accident investigation
  • Coordinate/manage on-scene meetings with company officials and driver, witnesses, law enforcement and administrative officials
  • Coordinate/manage collection, preservation, and analysis of evidence
  • Coordinate/manage vehicle and cargo recovery and salvage
  • Represent company/driver in post-accident law enforcement/regulatory investigations
  • Represent company/driver in criminal, traffic, and administrative proceedings
  • Evaluate liability, exposure, and strategy
  • Represent company/driver in settlement negotiations and ADR
  • All of the above-described points, and:
    • Defend company/driver in litigation proceedings
    • On-going evaluation of liability, exposure, and strategy
    • Timely and accurate reporting
    • Represent company/driver through ADR and/or trial and appeal

Accident Site Investigation & Reconstruction

  • Document, collect, preserve, and analyze evidence
  • Retrieve and analyze on-board computer (black box) data, including ECM, EDR, SDM, CDR, DDEC
  • Retrieve and analyze electronic data, including GPS/satellite; on-board data communication systems; over-the-air-programming, performance monitoring, and reporting; PrePass; E-ZPass
  • Site mapping
  • Crush and speed analysis
  • CAD animation

Electronic Data & Computer Forensic Services

  • Electronic data discovery and computer forensic services relating to storage, handling, and recovery of Electronically Stored Information (ESI)

Photographic Documentation

  • On-scene photographic documentation of vehicles and evidence
  • Post-accident photographic reconstruction
    • Ground level and aerial

Mechanical Inspection & Analysis

  • ASE-Certified Master Technicians for Class 1-8 vehicles
  • State-of-the-art diagnostic and testing equipment
  • All systems and components, including:
    • Gas, diesel, and hybrid-electric engines
    • Drivetrain
    • Brakes
    • Suspension and steering
    • Electrical and electronic systems
    • Trailer and fifth wheel

Towing & Recovery Service

  • WreckMaster-Certified personnel
  • State-of-the-art fleet for towing and recovery of Class 1-8 vehicles
  • TIME Task Force/TRIP
  • Site clean-up, including HAZMAT
  • Secure storage, including 24-hour staff and state-of-the-art surveillance

Safety & Regulatory Compliance

  • Review and analyze driver documentation for compliance with all federal, state, and local safety and regulatory requirements, including USDOT, FMCSA, FHA, GDOT, GMCCD, GOHS, GDPS, GPSC
  • Inspect vehicles for compliance with all federal, state, and local regulatory requirements, including USDOT, FMCSA, FHA, NHTSA, GDOT, GMCCD, GOHS, GDPS, GPSC

Investigative Services

  • Witnesses location and interviews
  • Civil and criminal background investigations
  • Driver’s history reports
  • Cargo loss investigations
  • Financial asset checks
  • Activity checks and surveillance

Traffic Safety Engineering

  • Analyze traffic safety, design, and engineering for compliance with AASHTO, MUTCD, and best practices
  • Analyze permanent/temporary traffic control, including signalization, for compliance with AASHTO, MUTCD, and best practices

Fire Investigation

  • Determine cause and origin of fire loss

Metallurgical & Failure Analysis

  • Inspection and analysis of failed components

Biomechanical Engineering, Occupant Kinematics, Human Factors Analysis

Medical & Neuropsychiatric Evaluation

Medical Examiner

  • Forensic review and analysis of medical records and reports for company driver and injured parties
  • Private autopsy, pathology, and toxicology

Vocational Rehabilitation & Functional Capacity Evaluation

Life-Care Planning

Forensic Accounting

CAD Animation

Graphic Arts

Retrieval of Media Coverage

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