Scientific Crash Analysis and Quick Response to Catastrophic Losses


Our offices in Hattiesburg MS, Birmingham AL, and Huntsville AL give us the ability to cover the central core of the Southeastern US quickly and efficiently for rapid response work. Applying decades of experience, thousands of hours of training, as well as formal education in Forensic Science, Human Factors, Mathematics, and Physics allows us to analyze "cold" cases where the evidence is no longer fresh.  



Recovering, Preserving, and Analyzing Electronic Vehicle Data


Almost every modern passenger car and heavy truck contains technology that can record data in the event of a collision or mishap. This data can include information about vehicle speed, brake application, sudden stops, steering inputs, mechanical problems and air bag deployment. In many cases, this data can be invaluable to determining what happened in the seconds before a collision or mishap occurred.


MSC is an international leader in the field of Event Data Recorder data technology.  MSC’s founding partner, William Messerschmidt, is the course developer and lead instructor of the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety’s training course, Preserving and Analyzing Data from Heavy Vehicle Event Data Recorders, and was an invited speaker at the First Annual Crash Data Retrieval Summit in both the United States (Houston, TX 2006) and Europe (Frankfurt am Main, Germany 2014).  Benjamin Smith, MSC’s managing partner in Mississippi, has written nearly a dozen original research papers on HVEDR technology and worked with State agencies, Federal investigators and private engineers. MSC is now specializing in the recovery and transplanting of critical module components in cases where damage precludes conventional download techniques.

Scientific Analysis and Documentation of Human Factors Issues


Every collision or mishap includes the interaction of human participants with the physical world.  Human Factors Psychology is a systematic, empirical study of the way we interact with human-made objects – like roadways, vehicles and the hazardous situations we confront when we operate machines.  Often, Human Factors Science is applied to help our clients understand why events may have occurred.  Was an object visible?  Was the hazard it presented perceivable?  Was a warning clear and unequivocal? How do operators usually respond to these hazards?  By understanding how humans perceive, understand and react to the manufactured world, our clients can make a more scientifically correct assessment of a driver’s actions and reactions.


Dark, retro-reflective, and light clothing from 150 feet with low-beam headlights

Dark, retro-reflective, and light clothing from 150 feet with low-beam headlights