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Larry D. Baareman

Larry D. Baareman

As co-founder and president of Traffic Reconstruction & Transportation Compliance, Inc. (T.R.T.C.), Larry D. Baareman has over four decades of experience in the trucking industry with comprehensive knowledge in all aspects of the truck-transportation industry.

Mr. Baareman has served as a “trucking expert” for over thirty-eight (38) years, sharing his knowledge and expertise drawn from experience as an instructor of U.S. Department of Transportation and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulations. He is an industry advisor for State and Local commercial motor carrier laws; a truck driver training instructor; and Michigan Third Party Commercial Drivers License Examiner.

Larry holds a current Class A Commercial Drivers License with Doubles, Triples, Tankers, School Bus, Commercial Passenger, and HAZMAT endorsements. He also holds an instructors license for all of these categories.

Larry has an immeasurable background in the realities of fleet operations, safety management, warehouse management, over-the-road commercial motor vehicle operation, operation of most types of alternative commercial vehicle equipment, and state-licensed heavy equipment. Mr. Baareman is also a certified forklift operator and holds a State of Michigan license in heavy duty brake and braking system mechanics. He has also serves as an instructor in commercial motor vehicle load securement, hazardous material procedures and regulations, and defensive driving courses.

Mr. Baareman has merged safety with his past experience through Michigan State University’s AI-7 Commercial Vehicle Investigation course, FMCSA Regulations, Michigan Truck Safety Commission, Decision Driving, the National Safety Council, Itasca, Illinois, the State of Michigan Professional Development Training, and the Michigan Association of Traffic Accident Investigation (MATAI) organization.

• Commercial Driving License
• Commercial Motor Vehicle Defensive Driving
• Commercial Motor Vehicle Driver Standard of Care
• Commercial Motor Vehicle Industry Standards
• Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations
• Commercial Motor Vehicle Driver’s License Manual
• Proper Pre/Post-Trip Inspections
• Commercial Motor Vehicle Driver Safety
• CDL Hiring/Firing/Training
• Garage Operations
• Preventative Maintenance
• Facility Operations
• Heavy Duty Truck Brakes and Brake Systems
• Heavy Duty Truck Steering and Suspension
• Heavy Duty Truck Engine Repair/Maintenance/Replacement

For more information or details pertaining to Mr. Baareman’s Curriculum Vitae, contact Kendra at ksmith@trandtc.com or 616-214-8365.

Gregory W. Edgcombe

Gregory W. Edgcombe

Greg Edgcombe is a retired police officer with over three decades of experience in law enforcement with the Grand Rapids Police Department in Michigan, and the Phoenix Police Department in Arizona. During his law enforcement career he served as a patrolman, burglary detective and senior traffic crash reconstructionist in the Traffic Unit. Greg has investigated over 1,400 “at-scene” traffic crashes. Greg has been qualified as an expert many times since 1999 in both criminal and civil litigation cases, giving various conclusive opinions as an accident reconstructionist.

Greg’s education includes crash reconstruction curriculum from Michigan State University‘s HTSP College of Engineering and North Florida University’s Institute of Police Technology and Management (IPTM) in the following areas:

• Advanced at scene investigations
• Identification and documentation of roadway evidence
• Crash Scene photography
• Identification and documentation of vehicle exterior evidence
• Identification and documentation of vehicle interior evidence
• Vehicle lamp analysis
• Vehicle tire analysis
• Reconstruction Formulae
• Advanced Motorcycle Crash Investigations
• Pedestrian Crash Investigations
• Advanced Crash Reconstruction: Vector Sum Analysis, Conservation of Momentum, Conservation of Energy, Law of Sines and Cosines, mass ratio considerations
• Occupant Kinematic Applications in Crash Reconstruction
• Human Factors in Crash Reconstruction
• Crush Damage Measurements
• Energy Applications in Crash Reconstruction
• Event Data Recorder (EDR) Technician
• Advanced Event Data Recorder (EDR) Analyst
• Commercial Vehicle Crash Investigations
• Level One Commercial Vehicle Inspections
• School Bus Crash Reconstruction
• Total Station Crash Scene Mapping
• Time and Distance analysis
• Vericom 2000 and 4000 Operator
• ARAS 360 & Visual Statements CAD

Greg was a Police Motorcycle Officer for 14 years and a Police Motorcycle Instructor for 4 years. Greg was an Advanced Driving Instructor for Law Enforcement Personnel in the area of Emergency and Pursuit Driving, Vehicle Dynamics, Accident Avoidance, and Pursuit Policy Training. Greg has been on the Board of the Michigan Association of Traffic Accident Investigators since 2005. He has personally conducted over 40 live crash vehicle tests since 2009 to research and validate sound crash reconstruction principles.

For more information or details pertaining to Mr. Edgcombe’s Curriculum Vitae, contact Kendra at ksmith@trandtc.com or 616-214-8365.

William T. Baareman

William T. Baareman

Bill Baareman has over 18 years of experience in the trucking industry with an extensive knowledge of regulatory compliance, driver training, and commercial motor vehicle equipment. Bill has gained his expertise as a “trucking safety expert” from his knowledge and experience in the “driver’s standard of care” and his career as a State of Michigan Certified Commercial Driver’s License Instructor. Bill also possesses a vast knowledge and expertise of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulations, along with the state and local regulations, governing the commercial motor vehicle industry.

Bill has earned his designation as an OSHA safety expert through the extensive training he has completed, throughout the years, on federal and state OSHA regulations, his experience in managing and overseeing OSHA compliance as an Operations Manager and has successfully completed an entire overhaul of a company’s warehouse and fleet operations to become, and remain, in compliance with all federal and state OSHA regulations. Bill is knowledgeable and experienced in the practices of properly loading and unloading, as well as forklift safety.

Mr. Baareman’s areas of expertise include, but are not limited to, the following:

• CDL Driver Hiring and Retention Standards
• CDL Driver Training
• CDL Driver Qualification Files
• Electronic Logging Devices- ELDs (use/manipulation of)
• Hours of Service/Logbooks (DOT compliance/identifying violations)
• DOT Drug/Alcohol Testing Standards and Procedures
• Equipment Inspections and Maintenance
• Federal DOT and OSHA Audits/Compliance Reviews
• FMCSA and OSHA Regulation Compliance
• Forklift Operation, Maintenance, Loading and Unloading
• Trucking Industry Practices, Procedures and Safety
• Cargo and Load Securement

Mr. Baareman has a distinct capability of combining his extensive background in fleet management, fleet operations, OSHA training, experience as a CDL instructor and his technical training, which allows him to analyze and evaluate various situations and incidents for which his knowledge and expertise is required.

For more information or details pertaining to Mr. Baareman’s Curriculum Vitae, contact Kendra at ksmith@trandtc.com or 616-214-8365.

James A. Idema

James A. Idema

James Idema has acquired nearly three decades of experience in the trucking and transportation industry, while also acquiring in-depth knowledge of heavy hauling, permits, construction work zones, maintenance/mechanics and dock operations. Mr. Idema’s knowledge and experience encompasses federal and state regulatory compliance, driver hiring/firing/training, shipper standard of care, loading and unloading, cargo/load securement, fleet operations, safe and prudent practices and driver standard of care. Mr. Idema is also State Certified in Heavy Duty Brakes, Heavy Duty Steering, and Heavy Duty Suspension. This is all merged with his vast background in the realities of fleet operations and management.

Jim has earned his designation as a trucking safety expert through his extensive career in the trucking and transportation industry, his engineering and mechanical background, his experience working in construction work zones and his experience in the heavy haul transport industry. Jim single-handedly engineered and constructed four, eight-axle van trailers from the ground up. He also engineered and constructed the first multi-axle side dumper. Mr. Idema is well-versed and knowledgeable in his understanding and application of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations.

Mr. Idema’s areas of expertise include, but are not limited to, the following:

• CDL Driver Hiring and Retention Standards
• Heavy Duty Brakes/Steering/Suspension
• Specializes in 8 Axle Live Bottoms/Gravel Trains
• Heavy Haul Operations
• Driver/Shipper Standard of Care
• Safety Supervising/Dispatching
• CDL Driver Qualification Files
• Electronic Logging Devices- ELDs (use/manipulation of)
• Hours of Service/Logbooks (DOT compliance/identifying violations)
• DOT Drug/Alcohol Testing Standards and Procedures
• Equipment Inspections and Maintenance
• Federal DOT Audits/Compliance Reviews
• FMCSA Regulation Compliance
• Forklift Operation, Maintenance, Loading and Unloading
• Trucking Industry Practices, Procedures and Safety
• Cargo and Load Securement

Mr. Idema has a distinct capability of combining his extensive background in fleet management, fleet operations, fleet maintenance, and experience as a CDL heavy haul driver, which allows him to analyze and evaluate various situations and incidents for which his knowledge and expertise is required.

For more information or details pertaining to Mr. Idema’s Curriculum Vitae, contact Kendra at ksmith@trandtc.com or 616-214-8365.

Bobbi Jo Hill

Bobbi Jo Hill

Bobbi Jo has acquired over two decades of experience in the trucking and transportation industry, while also acquiring in-depth knowledge of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, fleet management, safety consulting, Federal and State audit procedures, and Safety Management Plans (SMPs), for both State and Federal level audits. Mrs. Hill’s knowledge and experience encompasses federal and state regulatory compliance, driver hiring/firing/training, loading and unloading, cargo/load securement, fleet operations, safe and prudent practices and driver standard of care. Mrs. Hill also holds a Class A CDL, with passenger, school bus and tanker endorsements. This is all merged with her vast background as a State of Michigan CDL Training and Testing Instructor and as a State of Michigan CDL Skills Test Examiner.

Bobbi Jo has earned her designation as a trucking safety compliance expert through her extensive career in the trucking and transportation industry, her certifications and licensing as a CDL Instructor and Examiner, and her background in managing safety and compliance with the Federal and State regulations, for hundreds of motor carriers across the United States. Mrs. Hill is well-versed and knowledgeable in her understanding and application of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations.

Mrs. Hill’s areas of expertise include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Michigan-Licensed Adult Automobile Driving Instructor
• Michigan Third Party Tester Administrative Representative
• Michigan, Certified Defensive Driving Instructor, Commercial Vehicle
• Instructor, Hazardous Material Regulations
• Instructor, (Federal, State, and Local) Motor Carrier Regulations
• Michigan Certified Driving Evaluator
• Michigan-Licensed Truck Driving Instructor
• Professional Commercial Vehicle Driver
• Instructor, Load Securement
• Michigan Certified Commercial Driver License (CDL) Examiner
• Cost-Efficiency, Fleet Operations
• Safety Supervisor
• Fleet Dispatching/Route Planning
• Fleet Management and Safety Consulting
• Federal and State Audit Procedures/Assistance
• Safety Management Plan (SMP)- State Level Audits
• Safety Management Plan (SMP)- Federal Level Audits
• Driver Safety and Compliance Meetings- Instruction on FMCSRs, Including Parts 382, 383,385, 391, 392, 393, 395, 396, and 397

For more information or details pertaining to Mrs. Hill’s Curriculum Vitae, contact Kendra at ksmith@trandtc.com or 616-214-8365.

Sean F. Miller

Sean F. Miller

Mr. Sean F. Miller has acquired nearly two decades of experience in emergency management, fire science, and incident command. Mr. Miller’s knowledge and experience encompasses federal and state regulatory compliance, powered industrial truck training, hazardous energy control, hazardous waste operations, medical response, contractor safety management, lead and asbestos management, and incident investigation. Mr. Miller obtained his Bachelor of Science in Occupational Health and Safety Management, with a decade of experience contributing to the safety success of 750 employees and 100 project contractors. Furthermore, Mr. Miller is also State Certified in Firefighter I and II; Company Officer I, and II; Fire Officer III; Hazardous Materials First Responder Operations; and Medical First Responder. This is all merged with his extensive background in the realities of production operations, project management, and maintenance.

Mr. Miller’s areas of expertise include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Safety Supervisor
• Custom practices within the pharmafood industry
• Safety management controls
• Powered Industrial truck training/ operation
• Aerial work platform training/ operations
• Fall protection systems
• Hazardous waste response
• NFPA standards
• Fire scene command and incident review
• Confined Space operation
• Machine Guarding specifications
• Incident and safe scene management
• Safe and prudent practices of commercial motor vehicle operators
• Heavy vehicle and equipment mechanics and maintenance
• Construction work zones
• Project management
• Preventative maintenance systems

For more information or details pertaining to Mr. Miller’s Curriculum Vitae, contact Kendra at ksmith@trandtc.com or 616-214-8365.

Marc J. Edgcombe

Marc J. Edgcombe

Marc Edgcombe was first introduced to Accident Investigation and Reconstruction in 2009 when he attended and participated in his first Michigan Association of Traffic Accident Investigators (MATAI) Conference. During that conference, he remotely operated a full scale vehicle at 55 miles per hour for a live crash test. Since that conference, Mr. Edgcombe has been instrumental in the design, construction, and piloting of every remotely controlled crash vehicle MATAI has used in their live crash test conferences. Marc is a current member of MATAI and continues to attend both Spring and Fall conferences for continued education and research.

Marc holds a current Class A Commercial Drivers License with Doubles, Triples, Tankers, School Bus, and Passenger endorsements. Marc also has Commercial Vehicle driving experience that goes far beyond simply taking the test. Marc is a CDL Driver Instructor so he not only knows the “how’s” but is well versed on the “why’s". Marc understands Commercial Vehicle Dynamics, Pre-Trip Inspections, Drivers Logs, Hours of Service and more because he has experienced them firsthand. Marc has a forklift license and is also OSHA Certified through the 30 hour course.

Marc’s ability to instruct is always an asset when he is presenting in front of any number of people. He has presented at a number of MATAI conferences on various subjects including ECM data acquisition and analysis and commercial vehicle inspection techniques and procedures.

Marc’s education includes crash reconstruction curriculum from Michigan State University‘s HTSP College of Engineering and North Florida University’s Institute of Police Technology and Management program (IPTM) in the following areas:
• Advanced at scene investigations
• Identification and documentation of roadway evidence
• Crash Scene photography
• Identification and documentation of vehicle exterior evidence
• Identification and documentation of vehicle interior evidence
• Vehicle lamp analysis
• Vehicle tire analysis
• Reconstruction Formulae
• Advanced Crash Reconstruction: Vector Sum Analysis, Conservation of Momentum, Conservation of Energy, Law of Sines and Cosines, Mass Ratio considerations
• Pedestrian Crash Investigations
• Night Visibility
• Crush Damage Measurements
• Energy Applications in Crash Reconstruction
• Event Data Recorder (EDR)
• Commercial Vehicle Engine Control Module (ECM) Image Technician
• Commercial Vehicle Crash Investigations
• Level One Commercial Vehicle Inspections
• School Bus Crash Reconstruction
• Total Station Crash Scene Mapping
• Time and Distance analysis
• Photogrammetry
• Vericom 4000 Operator
• ARAS 360 CAD
• ARAS 360 Crash Simulations and Animations
• Pix4D Scene and Model Rendering
• Virtual Crash 4 Scene Rendering and Animations

Marc is also a licensed Private Pilot.

Marc has worked multiple “At-Scene” traffic crashes. He has been instrumental in collecting data from crash scenes as much as 3 years after the fact, then successfully reconstructing the crashes to the to the agreement of both sides of the litigation.

Marc has taken the lead in crash reconstructions that law enforcement misrepresented in the strongest of terms. The reconstructions were skillfully presented due to his tenacity resulting in successful litigation.

Marc has been a conference presenter for the Michigan Association of Traffic Accident Investigators consistently over the past several years.

For more information or details pertaining to Mr. Edgcombe’s Curriculum Vitae, contact Kendra at ksmith@trandtc.com or 616-214-8365.

David R. Welch

David R. Welch

Mr. David Welch has acquired in-depth knowledge and expertise as a Mechanical Engineer throughout his education and employment. Mr. Welch’s knowledge and experience encompasses job flow and design engineering, machine building/modification processes, component machining, industrial operations, and automation engineering. This is all merged with his vast background in the realities of machine designing, fluid mechanics, material science and engineering, thermodynamics, engineering physics, measurement and data analysis, computational fluid dynamics and alternative energy systems and applications.

In addition to Mr. Welch’s expertise as a Mechanical Engineer, he has completed training and certifications specific to Accident Reconstruction, and he holds a State of Michigan Class-A CDL. This knowledge and training allows him to understand and apply Commercial Vehicle Dynamics, ECM imaging, human element and occupant kinematics, mathematical principles and equations, time, distance and motion equations, and much more, when he is investigating and completing accident reconstruction.

Mr. Welch’s areas of expertise include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Engineering Design
• Machine Design Engineering
• Fluid Mechanics Engineering
• Dynamics Engineering
• Material Science and Engineering
• Thermodynamics Engineering
• Physics Engineering
• Measurement and Data Analysis Engineering
• Mechanics and Machines Engineering
• Heat Transfer Engineering
• Computational Fluid Dynamics Engineering
• Alternative Energy Systems and Application Engineering
• Beam Deflections
• Triaxial Stress and Strain Transformations
• Surface Failures
• Finite Element Analysis
• Fluid Statics
• Control Volume Analysis
• Dimensional Analysis and Similitude
• Differential Analysis
• Turbomachinery
• Internal Structure, Composition and Processing of Metals, Polymers and Ceramics
• Closed Systems and Control Volume Analysis
• Engineering Analysis, Design, Construction, and Evaluation
• Design Process, Graphical Communication, Solid Modeling, Computer Aided Manufacturing, Computer Programming, Digital and Analog Electronics
• Accident Reconstruction
• Vehicle Lamp Analysis
• Vehicle Tire Analysis
• Identification and Documentation of Vehicle Interior and Exterior Evidence
• Crash Scene Photography
• Advanced Scene Investigations
• Commercial Vehicle Crash Investigations
• Time and Distance Analysis
• Commercial Vehicle Engine Control Module (ECM) Image Technician

For more information or details pertaining to Mr.Welch’s Curriculum Vitae, contact Kendra at ksmith@trandtc.com or 616-214-8365.

Terry L. Goodenough

Terry L. Goodenough

Mr. Terry Goodenough has acquired extensive knowledge and expertise in the trucking and transportation safety industry, commercial motor vehicle driver training/standard of care, and commercial motor vehicle/heavy duty truck repair, maintenance, and operations. Mr. Goodenough’s knowledge and experience encompasses heavy duty truck mechanics, auto engine repair, heavy duty diesel engine/drive train/brakes/brake systems and suspension/steering systems repair and maintenance. This is all merged with his background as a State of Michigan certified commercial motor vehicle driver trainer and State of Michigan Licensed CDL examiner.

Mr. Goodenough’s areas of expertise include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Heavy Duty Truck Transmission Repair/Maintenance/Replacement
• Heavy Duty Truck Differentials, Clutches, Brakes and Driveline Parts
• Heavy Duty Truck Drive Train Certified
• Heavy Duty Truck Brakes and Brake Systems
• Heavy Duty Truck Steering and Suspension
• Heavy Duty Truck Diesel and Gas Engine Repair/Maintenance/Replacement
• Commercial Driving License, Class A, B, and C with XPS Endorsements
• Commercial Motor Vehicle Defensive Driving
• Commercial Motor Vehicle Driver Standard of Care
• Commercial Motor Vehicle Industry Standards
• Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations
• Commercial Motor Vehicle Driver’s License Manual
• Proper Pre/Post-Trip Inspections
• Commercial Motor Vehicle Driver Safety
• CDL Hiring/Firing/Training
• Garage Operations
• Preventative Maintenance
• Facility Operations

Mr. Goodenough has a distinct capability of combining his extensive background in fleet maintenance/management, fleet operations, and experience as a CDL heavy haul driver, instructor and examiner which allows him to analyze and evaluate various situations and incidents for which his knowledge and expertise is required.

For more information or details pertaining to Mr. Goodenough’s Curriculum Vitae, contact Kendra at ksmith@trandtc.com or 616-214-8365.

Lauren K. Miller

Lauren K. Miller

Mrs. Lauren K. Miller has acquired over a decade of experience in top leadership roles for fortune 500 companies, including governmental entities. Mrs. Miller ascended the ranks quickly due to her knowledge, understanding, practical application, and strategic risk and compliance analysis. She has built several externally certified Environmental (ISO 14001) and Occupational Health & Safety (ISO 45001) management systems, she has developed loss prevention programs and provides recommendations on prevention strategies, based on risk and compliance. Mrs. Miller has acquired in-depth knowledge of OSHA general industry, construction, and occupational health standards through continuous education, certification, bachelor and master’s degrees. Mrs. Miller’s knowledge and experience encompasses federal and state regulatory compliance, technical safety equipment (fall protection, powered industrial trucks, hoists, cranes, industrial hygiene monitoring, spill control, and hazardous energy control), trainer credentials, OSHA legal analysis, OSHA field operation manuals, and enforcement guidelines. This is all complimented by her multi-industry background in the realities of manufacturing operations and warehouse management.

Mrs. Miller’s areas of expertise include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Safety Governance
• Safety management controls
• Powered Industrial truck training/ operation
• Aerial work platform training/ operations
• Fall protection systems
• Hazardous waste response
• Confined Space operation
• Machine Guarding specifications
• Incident and safe scene management
• Project management
• Preventative maintenance systems
• Compliance and Due Diligence
• New acquisition risk review
• COVID-19 Policy & Response team
• Administrative standard and prehearing review
• Legal analysis and recommendations
• Corporate security and vulnerability assessment
• ISO 14001 and ISO 45001 governance
• Humantech Ergonomic Global Administrator
• Senior Leadership Management Review & Metrics
• Workers Compensation Management
• ADA Process & Transitional Work Accommodation

Mrs. Miller has a distinct capability of combining her extensive background in MIOSHA, OSHA, Safety Management and Workers’ Compensation Analysis, which allows her to analyze and evaluate various situations and incidents for which her knowledge and expertise is required.

For more information or details pertaining to Mrs. Miller’s Curriculum Vitae, contact Kendra at ksmith@trandtc.com or 616-214-8365.