Thomas J. Szabo, B.Eng., ACTAR
Mr. Szabo holds degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Kinesiology. He is accredited as an accident reconstructionist through ACTAR (Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstructionists). Mr. Szabo has been employed in the field of biomechanics and accident reconstruction for over 25 years, specializing in automotive trauma causation and prevention, restraint design, anthropometric dummy design, accident reconstruction, and amusement park ride safety and occupant tolerance. Mr. Szabo has been published extensively on the subjects of both accident reconstruction and biomechanical engineering, including peer reviewed publications for the Society of Automotive Engineers and Stapp Car Crash Conference.
Mr. Szabo has conducted hundreds of crash tests using dummies and human subjects, including crash tests for various television entities such as The Tonight Show, The Discovery Channel, and Ripley’s Believe it or Not. Mr. Szabo has been invited to speak at many conferences and seminars, including audiences of law enforcement personnel, physicians, attorneys, and engineers. Mr. Szabo taught courses in reconstruction and biomechanics for the Texas A& M Engineering Extension Services and the American Academy of Manual Medicine.
Mr. Szabo actively serves on the ASTM F-24 committee on Amusement Rides and Devices. He has consulted with major theme park developers worldwide regarding the design, performance, and biomechanics of various amusement park rides. Mr. Szabo’s forensic experience includes accident reconstruction analysis of automotive accidents, and biomechanical analysis of automotive accidents, recreational incidents, industrial incidents, pedestrian accidents, motorcycle accidents and amusement park incidents.