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Gorski Consulting is a forensic motor vehicle accident reconstruction firm offering expert analysis and opinion to the legal, insurance, and private plaintiff/defendant communities for the resolution of civil and criminal litigation issues

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Dangerous Police Traffic Stop Standing in Live Lane

Dangerous Police Traffic Stop Standing in Live Lane

A police force posted a photo (shown above) of one of its officers who stopped a speeding vehicle at an undisclosed location outside of Toronto, Ontario. The officer is seen standing in a live lane while at the driver's window of the offender's vehicle. The scenario...

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Not Enough Radicalization & Intolerance?

Not Enough Radicalization & Intolerance?

Recently Gorski Consulting attempted to convey an important safety message to cyclists  with a short Twitt. This was based on the results of real-life collisions that were reconstructed by Gorski Consulting. What resulted was an angry response from many who decided...

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Red Hill Valley Parkway Inquiry – The Secrecy Continues?

Red Hill Valley Parkway Inquiry – The Secrecy Continues?

After two years of silence the Red Hill Valley Parkway (RHVP) Inquiry has recommenced with an attempt by the City of Hamilton to keep back certain documents. No one will know what those documents are because the decision to withhold will be made "in camera" or behind...

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Cyclists Riding on Sidewalks In London Ontario

Cyclists Riding on Sidewalks In London Ontario

Why do so many cyclists chose to ride on a sidewalk rather than on the road where they are legally required? That is one of the questions we need to answer if we are to improve cycling efficiency and safety in the Province of Ontario. Gorski Consulting has been...

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Additions to Road Data Webpage of Gorski Consulting Site

Additions to Road Data Webpage of Gorski Consulting Site

The Road Data webpage has been updated on the Gorski Consulting website to explain additional testing that has been conducted in recent years. As a result of an unexplained hacking of the Gorski Consulting website in early January, 2022 we have removed our hosting...

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Happy Trails My Friend – To Our Hikers & Bikers

Happy Trails My Friend – To Our Hikers & Bikers

Happy trails my friends. For you bikers, we appreciate that spring has sprung but 2 inches of morning snow in London has us searching for our snowshoes. In the meantime remember what lies ahead in this upcoming season. May you have a safe, relaxed and healthy season....

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Unreported & Unexplained Fatality on Hwy 7 in Vaughan

Unreported & Unexplained Fatality on Hwy 7 in Vaughan

Those who appreciate the importance of reducing injury and death on our roads must understand that hiding the causes will not help in achieving reductions in those injuries and deaths. An example of the problem is the display on Twitter of the above photo in a York...

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No Apparent Improvements To CAA’s Worst Roads Campaign?

No Apparent Improvements To CAA’s Worst Roads Campaign?

  Receiving annual publicity from almost all news media outlets in Ontario, the CAA's Worst Roads campaign continues to gather subjective complaints from citizens as to what they perceive as the worst road in their area. Annually the 10 worst roads are determined...

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Springtime Cycling – The Challenges Continue

Springtime Cycling – The Challenges Continue

Much like general roadway maintenance, the maintenance of cycling paths, trails and tracks is needed on a constant basis. Many cities like London have reduced their roadway inspections over the years, especially with the advent of the Municipal Act and the so called...

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How Many Persons Died From Post-Impact Fire in Texas?

How Many Persons Died From Post-Impact Fire in Texas?

The elephant in the room is being ignored again. No sooner did I finish posting an article on the tragic death of a young female driver in a post-collision fire on Highbury Ave near London, Ontario, then another fire in Texas occurred, without any official explanation...

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Gorski Slowly Returning To Active Duty

Gorski Slowly Returning To Active Duty

  Not only was the Gorski Consulting website recently hacked but regrettably I was informed that I would need surgery. This occurred last week and I am slowly recovering. I've had some thoughts in passing. Many years have passed by in the wink of an eye much like...

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Ford Apologizes for not Recording Your Crash Data

Ford Apologizes for not Recording Your Crash Data

Independent collision reconstructionists have discovered that 2020-21 Ford Super Duty Pick-up trucks have had their event  data recorders (EDRs) inadvertently turned off. Ford was made aware of this problem and narrowed it to vehicles built at its Kentucky truck plant...

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Patiently Awaiting Info on Gorski Consulting Website Hack

No new postings have been made to the Gorski Consulting website as we attempt to gain information whether previous postings have been permanently lost from the suspected hack in early January, 2022. All postings since June, 2021 have disappeared from the website...

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Short-Sighted Effort to Conceal Cause of Motorist Fatality

Short-Sighted Effort to Conceal Cause of Motorist Fatality

We expect mysterious deaths to occur in totalitarian regimes like Nazi Germany or the Stalinist Soviet Union. We should not expect it in democracies like Canada. But that is what happens when police, news media and other officials work together to hide the cause of a...

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Gorski Consulting Participates in Velo Cycling Counts

Gorski Consulting Participates in Velo Cycling Counts

Velo Canada Bikes is a corporation that has initiated a cyclist counting procedure throughout Canada during the week of June 1-6, 2021. During this week volunteers are asked to count the number of cyclists they observe at designated locations in 14 different Canadian...

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Cause of Deaths in Recent Collision Fires Not Revealed

Cause of Deaths in Recent Collision Fires Not Revealed

Two recent fatal collisions demonstrate the lack of attention being paid to the cause of death in a vehicle collision. News media reported on May 4, 2021 that a two-vehicle collision occurred near Milverton, Ontario which resulted the death of an 84-year-old male...

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Final Results From School Bus Motion Testing

Final Results From School Bus Motion Testing

Analysis of recent testing of school bus motions has now been completed. A total of six testing sessions were completed along various routes in London, Ontario noted below: March 4, 202; GMC 18 Passenger School Bus driven along Wharncliffe Road route. March 4, 2021;...

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Cyclist Observations – 8 Year Study in London Ontario

Cyclist Observations – 8 Year Study in London Ontario

  Gorski Consulting has completed a review of 8 years of photos of cyclists riding on or adjacent to roads in London, Ontario. The years 2013 to 2020 showed the characteristics of the riders, their actions and the safety of the roads on which they travelled. For...

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Skating to Church in a Pine Box

Skating to Church in a Pine Box

Undoubtedly, adjusting your skates in full flight will deliver you to church in an unexpected way. This gentleman must have believed he was invincible as he skated along a street in London Ontario without paying attention to traffic.

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Is That A Garbage Bag Lying On The Road?

Is That A Garbage Bag Lying On The Road?

If you observed this view for 1 or 2 seconds would you correctly identify the object in the road? Hindsight causes many to judge the actions of a driver based on what they know after a collision has occurred.

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Cause of Collisions Is Often Not Correctly Detected

Cause of Collisions Is Often Not Correctly Detected

Many persons who are deserving of charges are not captured by typical investigations of motor vehicle collisions. Look at the scenario above which commences when traffic is diverted due to a closed lane. The driver of the BMW SUV has been forced into the left lane...

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Is London Ontario Prepared for More Cyclists?

Is London Ontario Prepared for More Cyclists?

Climate change is the impetus that is forcing more infrastructure to be built to accommodate cyclists. It is believed that more infrastructure will cause more cyclists to use that infrastructure. That simple conclusion may be debatable. But are we prepared for the...

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Death By Vehicle Impalement And The Silence That Enables It

Death By Vehicle Impalement And The Silence That Enables It

Needless tragedies occur when we keep road safety problems hidden from public awareness. When vehicles are impaled by roadside structures the results are often hidden. This prevents the public's momentum to correct those safety problems. In the most recent case which...

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Traffic Speed Cameras – Do They Improve Safety?

Traffic Speed Cameras – Do They Improve Safety?

It seems like a pointless question to most observers but do traffic speed cameras improve safety at the locations where they are installed? Traffic speed cameras should cause more drivers to travel at or below the speed limit at the locations where the cameras are...

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Safety Technology That Fails Must Be Reported

Safety Technology That Fails Must Be Reported

It seems logical that, when a technology fails resulting in the crash of an airliner, there should be a public revelation of that fact. Three or five hundred deaths in one incident makes us aware of that importance. But what happens when a technology fails over a...

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Bridge Abutment Impact By Tractor-Trailer on Hwy 401

Bridge Abutment Impact By Tractor-Trailer on Hwy 401

While the large destruction caused by heavy truck impacts draws our attention, we fail to acknowledge the danger that truckers face when the roadway infrastructure is insufficient to protect them. The above photo uploaded on the OPP Twitter account shows two...

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Cycling Path Usage in London, Ontario

Cycling Path Usage in London, Ontario

London Ontario, like many North American cities is working quickly at upgrading and expanding their network of cycling paths. However the City have installed these facilities in a piecemeal fashion. Some newer sections of the Thames Valley Parkway, a network of paths...

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Disturbing Fire & Deaths in Crash on Hwy 427 In Toronto

Disturbing Fire & Deaths in Crash on Hwy 427 In Toronto

The lack of useful news regarding the death of two occupants in a fiery collision on Saturday evening, November 14, 2020,  should be disturbing to anyone concerned about public safety. Yet this comes on, November 15th, that is internationally marked as a day of...

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Expressway Rear-End Impacts Need Better Evaluations

Expressway Rear-End Impacts Need Better Evaluations

In a December 16, 2018 article posted to the Gorski Consulting website the results of observations of tail-gating vehicles on Highway 401 were shown from videotaping sessions at four different sites. Without funding or additional help it was not possible to analyse...

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Did A Young Mother Die In A Vehicle Fire? We Must Know

Did A Young Mother Die In A Vehicle Fire? We Must Know

Everyone is devastated when a young life is lost due to the actions of an impaired driver. And we want to prevent its recurrence. Why does that same concern not apply to post collision fires? News media reported that yesterday, October 3, 2020, a head-on collision...

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Silence About Post-Collision Fires

Silence About Post-Collision Fires

While the OPP are helpful in submitting basic photos of the collision sites they investigate, there is an apparent lack of information provided by all police forces regarding the large number of post-collision fires that are occurring in the region. In the example...

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Speed Can Be Irrelevant In Injury Causation

Speed Can Be Irrelevant In Injury Causation

While the title of this article sounds completely wrong it is an important lesson to understand why it is mostly right. It is never convenient to discuss the results of real-life motor vehicle tragedies because they always involve real people. Yet a failure to educate...

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Was it a Death of a Bomber or a Simple Car Fire?

Was it a Death of a Bomber or a Simple Car Fire?

We can swallow what we are told fully and completely or we can critically evaluate what we are told. Such is our intent is commenting on the reported explosion of a car in front of the Kitchener courthouse on Duke Street yesterday. The site photo above shows the...

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Trench Warfare in the Expressway Construction Zone

Trench Warfare in the Expressway Construction Zone

We have all seen it. The battles of the expressway construction zone. But rarely do we discuss it. The battles and dangers that exist in the line-ups approaching construction zones on high-speed expressways are something that is rarely discussed or detailed. As part...

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Is Speeding In Toronto OK If You Are Rich?

Is Speeding In Toronto OK If You Are Rich?

Starting on July 6th no demerit points will be added if you are caught by Toronto's speed cameras, only a fine will apply. So If you are the owner of a Ferrari and you have some wealth, will you care if you have to pay a $600 fine? Likely not. But the owner of a...

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Nine Motorcyclists Killed in 18 Days of May

Nine Motorcyclists Killed in 18 Days of May

Averaging at least one motorcyclist fatality every two days is not a good record. But that is the strange Ontario reality during the Covid-19 Pandemic in this month of May. The following list represents some of those killed although it may be not complete. On May 1st...

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Public Deserves Honesty in Collision Reporting

Public Deserves Honesty in Collision Reporting

Local news media have reported on an OPP new release claiming that Middlesex County Roads in the Province of Ontario are more dangerous and that fatalities are on the increase. Some of the reported statistics include the fact that in the past 10 years, 115 people died...

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Police Push-Bar Advantage in RCMP Stevenson Crash Clarified

Police Push-Bar Advantage in RCMP Stevenson Crash Clarified

In  a May 3, 2020 article published by several CBC journalists about the head-on collision between Constable Stevenson and the mass murderer Gabriel Wortman in Nova Scotia, a substantially inaccurate quote from a road safety expert exaggerated the safety advantage of...

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Ontario Expressway Collisions During Covid-19 Pandemic

Ontario Expressway Collisions During Covid-19 Pandemic

  In an article ("Overall Safety of Ontario's Expressways Hides Chronic Safety Problems") posted on the Gorski Consulting website on January 9, 2020, we listed 21 collisions that were reported by official news media which occurred on Ontario's expressways in...

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Puzzling Road Safety Results During Pandemic

Puzzling Road Safety Results During Pandemic

Covid-19 is a science experiment that no one wanted, but once it's over, we will ask some large questions about how it affected road safety and transportation in general. An article published by CP24 News in Toronto today reported that "Police report thousands fewer...

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Updated Speed and Traffic Volume Comparisons Under Covid-19

Updated Speed and Traffic Volume Comparisons Under Covid-19

New speeding and traffic volume data is available for westbound Highway 401 at the Graham Road interchange. In an article posted to the Gorski Consulting website on April 20, 2020, data was revealed showing a comparison between Covid-19 and pre-Covid-19 speeding and...

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New Video Documentation on Highway 401 at Graham Road

New Video Documentation on Highway 401 at Graham Road

The effect of the Covid-19 pandemic on traffic characteristics was documented yesterday, April 20, 2020, on HIghway 401 at Graham Road near West Lorne, Ontario. This documentation is subsequent to an article posted on the Gorski Consulting website showing the effects...

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Speed and Traffic Volume Comparisons Under Covid-19

Speed and Traffic Volume Comparisons Under Covid-19

A recent Global News article indicated that a City of Toronto news release indicated that there has been "...a 35 per cent increase in speeding tickets and an almost 200 per cent jump in stunt driving incidents compared to the same time last year". Other news agencies...

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Why is the Trumpet Section Impossible to Play With?

  We're all entrapped in our own homes. I understand that. But why should a band come marching through my neighbourhood and force me to listen to what they play? An irritating conductor with no sense of rhythm who loves trumpets above all else is in town. He has...

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What Was The Launch Speed Of This Polish Rocket?

What Was The Launch Speed Of This Polish Rocket?

This photo is (apparently) not a gimmick. It is the actual trajectory of a polish car that was recreated by a collision reconstructionist from a short video clip taken by bystander yesterday. The car reportedly struck a tree on the far side of the roundabout and then...

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Day-Dreaming Lessons on the Highway

Day-Dreaming Lessons on the Highway

I get on the highway and, as luck would go, I end up behind a vehicle doing barely the speed limit, on rare occasions, but mostly and unmercifully below. The road is hilly and curved and unsafe to pass.  I think to myself "What the hell, what are you doing?". The...

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Highway 401 Truck Barrier Impact Is Not A Success Story

Highway 401 Truck Barrier Impact Is Not A Success Story

The fact that only minor injuries occurred may seem like a success story, but this is just Russian Roulette.  A tractor-trailer struck a construction barrier, rolled over and caught fire on Highway 401 near Winston Churchill Blvd in Mississauga in the afternoon of...

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Hwy 404 Fatal Impact of Bridge Pillar Should Not Occur

Hwy 404 Fatal Impact of Bridge Pillar Should Not Occur

The superior design of expressways such as Highway 404 in Toronto should not result in a fatal impact to a bridge pillar. Yet, from the scant description provided by the OPP on their Twitter account this is what reportedly occurred. The collision likely occurred in...

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A Head-on Collision In Huron County – A Review

A Head-on Collision In Huron County – A Review

Although the most severe, head-on collisions also provide the greatest opportunity to use the structure of vehicles in riding down the destructive forces of that impact. This was clearly shown in the OPP photo shown above, relating to a serious head-on that occurred...

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Pandemic Puts Road Safety News In Last Place

Pandemic Puts Road Safety News In Last Place

If this were a horse race, all would be losers except Pandemic, the horse who came from behind quick, and from nowhere. Unfortunately this is not a horse race, a test drill, or a Hollywood script. It's the real thing. Hopefully, in a year or two we will look at these...

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Preliminary Data on Reactions to Traffic Signals

Preliminary Data on Reactions to Traffic Signals

Some preliminary results are available from our documentation of driver's reactions to the change of a traffic signal from red to green. This data is for the year 2018 and includes 174 observations. The analysis involves examining the videotape of scenarios such as...

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Savaria – A London Singing Gem With Guts and Local Roots

Savaria – A London Singing Gem With Guts and Local Roots

Our own (London, Ontario native) Savaria appeared on the American Idol competition televised on Sunday, February 16, 2020. While judges Lionel Richie and and Luke Bryant did not choose her to move on, Katy Perry was ecstatic about her performance and expressed her...

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This Collision Would Be Extremely Rare 30 Years Ago

This Collision Would Be Extremely Rare 30 Years Ago

The crash that killed Princess Diana in 1997 is related the minor collision shown in the photo above. But why? Surely they are totally different in severity and consequence. Yet they both exemplify the working of technology that often protects, while sometimes it...

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A Formal European Garden? What Do We Wish To See?

A Formal European Garden? What Do We Wish To See?

Today, January 27th, has been marked by the United Nations as the international remembrance day commemorating the liberation of the remaining victims of the most notorious Nazi murder camp of WWII in southern Poland. After an unspeakable life of surviving WWII my...

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Do We Ignore Speed Advisory Signs? – More Results

Do We Ignore Speed Advisory Signs? – More Results

Three days ago Gorski Consulting posted results from videotaped observations of vehicles passing through a curve in the fall of 2009. Those results showed that the average speed of vehicles passing through the curve was 75.2 km/h, or over 15 km/h higher than the...

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Do We Ignore Speed Advisory Signs?

Do We Ignore Speed Advisory Signs?

Governments spend money to post various warning signs on highways but do drivers heed these warnings? It would seem to be a waste of money if these signs were ignored. Gorski Consulting has conducted testing that reveals some interesting results. In 2009 Gorski...

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Vehicle Drowning in Peterborough? No One Knows

Vehicle Drowning in Peterborough? No One Knows

How much confidence is given when police search for a submerged vehicle and find a second one? Where did this second vehicle come from? Was there an unreported drowning? The OPP reported on Thursday, December 12, 2019 that they attended the Otonabee River on Monaghan...

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The Fast and The Furiously Burning

The Fast and The Furiously Burning

A fatal vehicle fire in Fort Lauderdale Florida is reminiscent of the fire death of Paul Walker from the "Fast & The Furious" But it also illuminates some confusing issues. Two young men Barrett Riley and Edgar Monserratt died in the crash. A third male occupant,...

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Barrier Impacts Causing Rollovers of Large Vehicles

Barrier Impacts Causing Rollovers of Large Vehicles

Whether you drive a heavy truck or bus, or happen to be a passenger, you are provided with essentially no warnings regarding your danger when your vehicle strikes a roadside barrier. As an example, a tractor-trailer struck the end of a concrete barrier on Highway 401...

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