We are happy to announce the newest expert to join the U.S. Forensic family, Barry Peak, BSME, ACTAR, ASE, CFEI, CVFI. He will be working out of our Tampa, FL office. Mr. Peak earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Central Florida in Orlando.
Expert in Accident Reconstruction
Mr. Peak and has more than fifteen years of experience as a mechanical expert and Certified Accident Reconstructionist with extensive experience in vehicular accident reconstruction, the determination of mechanical defects, and the determination of fire cause and origin in vehicles. He has completed accident reconstruction investigations involving passenger vehicles, motorcycle, pedestrian, low speed collisions, staged collisions, and commercial vehicle/heavy trucks.
Automotive Failure Analysis
Mr. Peak is also a certified ASE (National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence) Master Automotive Technician, and a Medium/Heavy Truck Technician certified in brakes and air brake systems. To become ASE certified, he passed a battery of challenging examinations covering all vehicular components. He has also worked as a full-time mechanic where he performed service on a broad range of vehicles.
As a forensic expert, Mr. Peak has conducted hundreds of mechanical failure inspections including brake failures, steering system failures, sudden accelerations, wheel/tire failures, suspension failures, transmission failures, electrical system failures, and engine failures. These inspections were performed on multiple vehicles types including commercial vehicles, farm equipment, passenger vehicles, and motorcycles. In addition to vehicular inspections, he has conducted failure and defect analysis on consumer and industrial products. Mr. Peak worked with Ford Motor Company in their prototype division at the proving grounds in Naples, Florida. He assisted engineers in the development and evaluation of prototype vehicle design.
Prior to completing his mechanical engineering degree, Mr. Peak worked in the field of law enforcement where he specialized in traffic enforcement, traffic accident investigation, and traffic homicide investigation. This background, together with his career as a mechanical expert and certified accident reconstructionist, has given him extensive experience testifying in court on cases involving vehicle accidents in both the criminal and civil arenas.