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Mr

Richard Baker

Senior Associate

Richard joined Hawkins in 2017 as a Chartered Mechanical Engineer. He graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2009 with a First Class Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering. Richard has previously occupied the roles of Engineer, Senior Engineer and Principal Engineer. He now specialises in the forensic investigation of road traffic accidents/collisions, vehicle and mechanical failures, and image analysis typically of video recordings from CCTV systems and ‘dash-cams’.

Richard has extensive experience in engineering design and analysis. As well as taking on more traditional mechanical engineering cases, such as those involving failures of mechanical joints and fasteners, Richard uses his experience in engineering data analysis and interrogation in cases involving video analysis. Richard applies scientific analysis methods to video recordings to facilitate interpretation of events in the context of space (position), time, speed, and the fundamental scientific and engineering principles that bound the problem. This work includes video clarification and enhancement, relating to single and multiple vehicle accidents, and collisions involving pedestrians and cyclists. This area of Richard’s work often strongly overlaps with his expertise in collision investigation and Richard is regularly instructed to deal with both Video Analysis Expert and Collision Reconstruction Expert aspects of a case. Richard has prepared numerous CPR compliant reports and given Expert oral evidence in Court.

Richard is a Senior Associate in our Reigate office. He is a qualified Forensic Collision Investigator and holds a Cardiff University Law School Bond Solon Expert Witness Certificate.

Qualifications

MEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering (1st Class) – The University of Nottingham, 2009
CEng MIMechE Chartered member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, 2015
Level 4 UCPD Certificate in Forensic Road Collision Investigation – De Montfort University, Leicester, 2018

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The time taken by vehicles to manoeuvre from rest, for example at junctions or traffic lights, is often of fundamental importance in understanding whether different actions of either party might have prevented a collision, or altered its outcome.

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