Structural Engineer Expert Witness: Sports Car Speedway

In January of 2012, a barrier wall at a race track near Houston, Texas was struck by a vehicle resulting in injuries to a spectator. Carrasquillo Associates (CA) conducted a forensic investigation into the structural integrity of the barrier wall. CA’s investigation and litigation support included review of depositions, photographs, drawings, expert reports and industry standards for vehicle barrier design. In addition, CA performed a structural analysis on the as-built barrier wall and after a site investigation to identify distress and the as-built condition of the wall. CA’s investigation culminated in an expert report where CA was able to determine the injuries to the spectator were attributable to the structural deficiencies in the barrier wall and poor safety practices at the facility. The case was settled in favor of CA’s client.