Marine Collisions

Factors such as the sea and inland water environments, weather and personnel make sea and inland water incident investigation a critical path to understanding the reason a collision occurred. Getting to the bottom of what can be very complicated incidents takes skilled expertise.

Our marine experts and human factors consultant have broad expertise in investigating the cause and responsibility for collisions and incidents involving many types of vessels from small recreational crafts to large commercial and military ships. We can determine the scope of damage, identify pre-existing damage and measure the value of the loss. Our team’s marine-focused experience includes knowledge of Coast Guard regulations, as well as national and international codes and standards.  Our human factors consultant examines a marine incident in relation to the physical, cognitive and behavioral aspects of the human-water craft interaction.  This could include factors such as distracted operation, stress and fatigue, attention, visual perception and reaction, conspicuity of waterway hazards, looming, weather, and lighting.

Our engineers, who frequently serve as expert witnesses, provide accurate, easy-to-understand explanations as to the unique factors of any incident to an insurance adjuster, attorney or jury.