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Great Britain has one of the best road safety records in Europe and the world. Despite a huge rise in traffic over the last few decades, the number of people killed on our roads has fallen from around 5,500 per year in the mid 1980s to well under 2,000 in 2011. However, the number of deaths rose in 2011, from 1,850 the previous year to 1,901. This means that five people die on Britain’s roads every day.
*In the aftermath of a Road Traffic Accident (RTA) it’s vital for those in the Legal profession to seek the services of a professional Expert Witness who has the knowledge and expertise required to prepare high-quality written evidence and reports providing independent, constructive opinions relating to the incident. With court proceedings being highly expensive and time consuming, it is essential that an Expert Witness is able to handle the court process with confidence and competence.
That’s exactly what you can expect to receive from Accident Investigator (RTA),Graham K. Oakley AIRTE, MIMI, AMSOE, who has built-up an impressive reputation for his commitment to best practice and compliance in acting as an Expert Witness for RTA’s.
An Associate Member of the Institute of Road Transport Engineers, Member of the Institute of the Motor Industry and Associate Member of the Society of Operations Engineers, Graham is able to draw on his vast experience in the Police Force, including having attended more than 1,000 accident scenes in his 30 year Police career, as he explained in a recent interview:
“My 23 years experience with the Traffic Division of Essex Police, 14 of which (1983 - 98) was with the force’s Traffic Investigation Unit, where I gained extensive experience of giving evidence in Coroner’s Court, Magistrates’ Court, County Court and High Court, gave me a sound grounding to handle all aspects of road traffic accident claims as quickly and professionally as possible.”
On retiring in 1998, Graham set-up his own business Crash Detectives Ltd from which he offers a wide range of professional services to clients throughout the UK and in Europe including:
• Investigation and scientific reconstruction of RTAs
• Tracing, interviewing and taking statements from witnesses
• Accident scene scale plans and photography
• Video recording and presentation
• Traffic volume and/or speed data collection surveys
• Tachograph chart analysis
• Mechanical inspections of all types of vehicles
• Legal aid and single joint expert instructions undertaken
In 1983 Graham became a founder member of a Police Forensic Collision Investigation Unit, a post he held until retirement: “During my Police career I attended many courses on advanced driving, collision investigation, motor vehicle examination, traffic law and technology related to motor vehicles.”
In addition to becoming a Police first class advanced driver, I am also the holder of both passenger service vehicle (PSV) and heavy goods vehicle (HGV) driving licences. For many years I assisted the Ford Motor Company with testing and development of pre-production road vehicles and I have received training for both racetrack and off road driving.”
Having received instruction in the role of single joint expert and given evidence at all levels of judicial proceedings from Magistrates Court to High Court, Graham frequently receives instructions from the Police Federation of England and Wales, the AA and the RAC: “I have also acted as a Consultant Adviser to a television company, film company and major tour operator, as well as having made presentations to government ministers in Russia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Ukraine on the subject of collision investigation.”
Therefore, it comes as no surprise to learn Graham has been approved for inclusion in directories of UK Register of Expert Witnesses, Society of Expert Witnesses, Expert Witness-Expert Consultant and the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.
To view a number of Case Studies on projects Graham has successfully completed visit website: www.crashdetectives.co.uk
* Statistics provided by RoSPA