Colin P. Smith is a Forensic Biomechanist and an ACTAR-accredited Crash Reconstructionist. He joined the YA Engineering Services team in 2022 and has worked in the fields of forensic biomechanics and crash reconstruction consulting beginning in 2018. Mr. Smith has conducted novel biomechanics research with the University of Florida’s Musculoskeletal Biomechanics Lab and with a local medical device start-up. Separately, he has contributed to both government- and industry-sponsored automotive safety research projects, including a project through the Center for Injury Biomechanics and the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute in collaboration with the Toyota Collaborative Safety Research Center to investigate crash mechanisms. In these studies, he analyzed crash databases, EDR data, and naturalistic driving data to develop a novel vehicle dynamics simulation and predict the ultimate safety benefit of a theoretical ADAS. Some of his research findings have been published in scientific journals and/or presented at national or international research conferences.
Mr. Smith applies his knowledge and experience to assist his clients in their pursuit of truth and justice. He reviews case evidence alongside reliable scientific literature and data specific to the body’s biomechanical properties to aid in injury analyses, and he may provide biomechanical analyses and opinions to assist the trier of fact in the determination of injury causation. He also utilizes reliable crash reconstruction tools, literature, and/or methods to perform extensive crash reconstruction analyses to a reasonable degree of scientific certainty. He often conducts site and vehicle inspections using drones, LIDAR scanners, and cameras to preserve, analyze, and illustrate case evidence, and, when applicable, images vehicle EDRs and analyzes resultant EDR data to provide an unequivocal perspective on crash severity, as well as vehicle status and driver input during the moments preceding an event.