William Kunzman, PE
Traffic Engineer Expert Witness


1111 Town and Country Road, Suite 34
Orange, CA 92868
(714) 904-2821
e-mail: bill@traffic-engineer.com

 

 

View and Print Curriculum Vitae of
William Kunzman, P.E., Traffic Engineer


Traffic engineer expert witness: motor vehicle accidents (automobile, truck, pedestrian, bicycle, motorcycle). Knowledge of governmental agency procedures, roadway design, access, geometrics, signs, traffic controls, parking, maintenance, and pedestrian protection. More than 200 cases since 1979; both defense and plaintiff. Largest traffic accident verdict is $12,300,000 against Caltrans in a pedestrian accident case. Second largest traffic accident verdict is $10,300,000 in case against Los Angeles Unified School District involving a pedestrian. Largest traffic accident settlement is $2,000,000 in case against CalTrans involving a solo vehicle accident. Largest inverse condemnation case is over $2,000,000 against the State of Utah Department of Transportation. There are three $0 defense cases in which plaintiff claimed $10,000,000 or more.

California Registered Professional Traffic Engineer; Undergraduate - University of California at Los Angeles; Graduate - Yale University.

Elected Class President of Yale University Bureau of Highway Traffic. Received Institute of Transportation Engineers Past President's Award (this award is given to one person annually on a nationwide basis). Received Southern California Section Institute of Transportation Engineers Young Traffic Engineer Award. Received Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Fellowship and living stipend to attend Yale University.

 


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Traffic engineer expert witness regarding motor vehicle accidents: automobile, truck, bus, motorcycle, bicycle, and pedestrian protection.

Knowledge of governmental agency procedures, design, geometrics, signs, traffic controls, parking, and maintenance.

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Undergraduate - University of California at Los Angeles (September, 1963 to June, 1967 full time)

Post Graduate - Yale University (September, 1967 to June, 1968 full time)

California Registered Professional Traffic Engineer (TR000056) since 1975

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Received Institute of Transportation Engineers Past President's Award (This is one of the highest awards given by the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE)). ITE gives 7 different awards annually to 7 persons on a nationwide basis. The Past President's Award was the first award to be established by ITE and it has a financial component (currently $1500) which is higher than any other award given by ITE.

Received Southern California Section Institute of Transportation Engineers Young Traffic Engineer Award

Elected Class President of Yale University Bureau of Highway Traffic

Received Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Fellowship and living stipend to attend Yale University

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Los Angeles County Road Department

Riverside County Road Department

City of Irvine

Federal Highway Administration

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Institute of Transportation Engineers

American Society of Civil Engineers

Institute of Transportation Engineers Expert Witness Council

Forensic Consultant Association of Orange County

Yale University Bureau of Highway Traffic Alumni Association

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Over 200 cases since 1979

Defense and plaintiff

Largest traffic accident verdict is $12,300,000 against Caltrans in a pedestrian accident case.

Second largest traffic accident verdict is $10,300,000 in case against Los Angeles Unified School District involving a pedestrian.

Largest traffic accident settlement is $2,000,000 in case against CalTrans involving a solo vehicle accident.

Largest Inverse Condemnation case is over $2,000,000 against the State of Utah Department of Transportation.

There are three $0 defense cases in which plaintiff claimed $10,000,000 or more.

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Pedestrian in marked crosswalk vs Auto, unsignalized interesection.
Pedestrian jogging in roadway with curves and grades vs car.
Pedestrian crossing midblock vs car.
Pedestrian on uneven sidewalk falls (trivial defect).
Pedestrian standing on corner hit by tractor/trailer truck making right turn, narrow lanes.
Pedestrian changing tire on on-ramp at night hit by tractor/trailer truck.
Pedestrian crossing street vs car where airport noise was primary factor.
Pedestrian crossing street at night vs car where rain (and probably street noise) were primary factors.

Bicyclist on off-road bike trail hits fixed object.
Bicyclist in on-road bike lane vs car.
Bicyclist vs car turning right at signalized intersection.

Motorcyclist on mountain road lost control and hit car head-on.
Motorcyclist (off-duty police officer) vs car where on-coming car crossed over center line.
Motorcyclist hitting object in road.

Car vs car at signalized intersection, both drivers say they had green light.
Car vs car accident when traffic signal power failed.
Car vs car accident with sub-standard mountainous roadway geometrics.
Car vs stopped tractor/trailer truck in tunnel, rear end accident.
Car vs car accident during construction of large pipeline in center of road.
Car ran off road accident, mountainous, steep embankment, no guardrail.

Truck pulling large trailer accident at major railroad crossing.
Tractor/trailer truck accident during loading operation at railroad truck terminal.
Tractor/trailer truck vs motorcycle where truck legally stopped partially in lane and was rear ended.

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Six publications in traffic engineering (See Curriculum Vitae)

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Hobbies are fishing, wood working, camping, skeet shooting, and aerobic walking 15 miles per week.


Traffic Engineering Defined

Traffic Terms

Legal Definitions from California Vehicle Code

California Vehicle Code - Rules of the Road

Qualification of An Expert Witness

Professional Code of Ethics

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DISCLAIMER


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