The Kilpatrick Group, PA

Gary E. Kilpatrick, PE, DFE

3397 Cherrybrook Drive Jamestown, NC 27282

About the Expert

Since 2003, Gary E. Kilpatrick, PE, DFE at The Kilpatrick Group has been a service provider of forklift accident investigation to our legal and insurance clients. Gary is a board certified Forensic Engineer through the National Academy of Forensic Engineers (NAFE) and is a Diplomat Forensic Engineer (DFE). He has approximately 20 years of industrial work experience and has OSHA 29CFR 1910 and 1926 certifications. He travels throughout the United States to investigate and reconstruct industrial forklift accidents and forklift Product Defect and Failure Analyses. Gary is one of the leading forklift experts in the United States having worked for the inventor of the forklift namely the Clark Equipment Company. Gary has manufactured forklifts and was a trained and certified forklift operator for five consecutive years. Every three years, Gary is recertified to operate forklifts per the federal safety regulations 29CFR1910.178.

Areas of Expertise

Accident Reconstruction
Amusement Park Rides
Automotive Engineering
Black Box/CDR
Bus & Truck Safety / Accidents
Failure Analysis
Food Manufacturing
Labels, Warnings & Instructions
Ladders & Scaffolds
Machinery & Industrial Equipment
Materials Handling
Mechanical Engineering
Products Liability
Safety OSHA
Seat Belts & Air Bags
Standard of Care

Expert's Profile

Since 2003, Gary E. Kilpatrick, PE, DFE at The Kilpatrick Group, PA has been a service provider of Accident Investigation and Reconstruction to our legal and insurance clients. Gary is a board certified Forensic Engineer through the National Academy of Forensic Engineers (NAFE) and is a Diplomat Forensic Engineer (DFE). He has extensive engineering education, training and experience in accident reconstruction and product defect and failure analyses. Gary has a Forensic Engineering practice in six major areas namely: (1) Motor Vehicle Products Defects and Failure Analyse which includes school buses and heavy commercial articulated vehicles; (2) Motorcycles and All-Terrain Vehicles (ATV) Accidents and Products Defects and Failure Analyse; (3) Cranes Accidents and Products Defects and Failure Analyse including load charts, rigging and crane data recorders; (4) Forklift Accidents and Products Defects and Failure Analyse; and (5) Amusement Park Ride Products Defects and Failure Analyse and (6) General Industrial Accidents including OSHA Regulations. Gary is a certified Industrial OSHA expert in General Industry and Construction Equipment. Gary has a Class-A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). He has driven commercial tractor trailer trucks and has tanker, hazardous materials, triples, passenger bus and school bus endorsements and is a commercial tractor trailer expert. Gary is also a member of the North Carolina Truckers Association. He holds certifications through Northwestern University’s Center For Public Safety in motor vehicle crash reconstruction and commercial tractor trailer truck crash reconstruction. Gary is also a part-time substitute North Carolina School Bus driver and School Bus Safety Expert. He has also been an avid motorcycle rider for 30 years and is a motorcycle and ATV/ROV expert. Gary travels throughout the United States to investigate motor vehicle crashes, product defect and failure claims resulting in personal injury or wrongful death.

For more information about Gary's Forensic Engineering Practice, please call Gary directly at 336-841-6354.

Personal Achievements


  • North Carolina State University 1990: Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Speech Communications.


  • North Carolina Board of Examiners for Engineers and Surveyors
  • Professional Engineer License Number (PE#027030)
  • Professional Corporation License Number (C-2279)
  • Florida Board of Professional Engineers (PE# 66186)
  • South Carolina Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors (PE#25937)
  • Georgia State Board of Registration for Engineers and Surveyors(PE032652)
  • Louisiana Professional Engineering and Land Surveying Board (PE#33528)
  • Tennessee Architect and Engineering Board (PE#00111899)
  • Virginia Board For Architechs, Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors
  • New Jersey Board of Examiners for Engineers and Surveyors
  • Washington, DC Board of Professional Engineers

Special Training

  • Traffic Accident Reconstruction:
  • North Carolina State University: Dynamics and Mechanics of Machines and Vehilces, Motor Vehicle Design and the Traffic Accident Reconstruction Sciences. BSME (1990).
  • University of North Carolina: Introduction To Forensic Engineering. Certificate (2002).
  • Northwestern University Textbook Research in Traffic Accident Reconstruction (2003).
  • Institute For Police Techology and Management Textbook Research in Traffic Accident Reconstruction (2010).
  • National Academy of Forensic Engineers: Forensic Engineering Seminars (2005, 2006, 2012, 2014).
  • Collision Safety Institute: Automotive Crash Research Testing & Training. Certification (2006).
  • Collision Safety Institute: Vetronix Crash Data Retrieval System Download and Analysis Certification. Certification (2006).
  • iWitness Close Range Photogrammetry. Certificate (2008).
  • Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and Highway Loss Data Institute: Vehicle Crashing Test Comparisons and Ratings. Seminar (2011).
  • Chief Automotive Technologies: Vehicle Construction Technology and Trends. Seminar (2011).
  • SAE Tractor-Trailer Event data Recorder Symposium (2011).
  • ARC-CSI Vehicle Crash Conference Crash Data Retrieval Systems Summit Houston Texas. Certificate. Vehicle were crash tested at these summits. (2011, 2013).
  • Aras 360 HD/Reality 4 day Crash Simulation training Course. Certificate (2014).
  • Engineering Dynamics Corporation: Advanced Vehicle Dynamics and Crash Simulation 5 Day Course. Certification (2015).
  • ARC-CSI Boot Camp and Crash Conference; Crash Testing of Motor Vehilces. Certificate (2015).
  • ACTAR Examination Preparation Course (2015).
  • Northwestern University – Traffic Crash Investigation/At-Scene Investigation 1 (2015/2016)
  • Northwestern University – Commerical Truck Crash Reconstructiion (2016)
  • Northwestern University – Pedestrian Vehicle Crash Reconstruction (2016)
  • Motorcycle Riding and Training:
  • Avid motorcyclist for over 30 years riding both trail, motocross and street motorcycles.
  • Motocross/Trail Racing: 1969 – 1974.
  • 2
  • Motorcycle Safety Foundation: Advanced Rider’s Training. Certification (2002).
  • Harley Owners Group: Chapter 3446 Group Riding Class. Certificate (2004).
  • Big Bear Choppers: How To Build a Custom Motorcycle (2009).
  • Bike Safe North Carolina – Instructed by the Cary Poilce Department in cooperation with the North
  • Carolina Highway Patrol. Certificate (2013).
  • Currently own and ride two street motorcycles: 2015 Harley-Davidson VROD Muscle;
  • 2012 Harley-Davidson Screamin Eagle CVO Road
  • Glide Custom.
  • ATV Riders Training:
  • ATV Safety Institute - ATV Rider Course: ATV Rider Certification (2007).
  • Currently own and ride a 2007Honda FourTrax TRX 420 TE/FE Rancher.


  • National Society of Professional Engineers (1999)
  • Professional Engineers of North Carolina (1999)
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (2002)
  • National Academy of Forensic Engineers - correspondent (2002)
  • National Association of Professional Accident Reconstruction Specialists (2003)
  • Society of Automotive Engineers (2008)
  • American Motorcyclist Association (2006)


  • North Carolina State University: MAE Alumni Hall of Fame (2013)


  • The Physics of a Collision (2006).
  • Product Design, Product Manufacturing and Product Quality Control (2012).
  • Forensic Engineering Analysis of Hazards Associated with Operating an ATV by a
  • Paraplegic (2012).
  • Forensic Engineering Analysis of an ATV Accident Involving Two Riders on a Type 1
  • ATV Designed for One Driver and No Passengers (2013).

Military service

  • None

Prior assignments

  • Traffic Accident Reconstruction
  • ATV Accident Reconstruction
  • Product Liability Investigations - Motor Vehicles
  • Product Liability Investigations - Motorcycles
  • Product Liability Investigations - ATVs

Percentage of time spent as expert

  • 90%

Number of expert assignments / year

  • 12

Listed in the Following States

The Kilpatrick Group, PA is listed with ExpertPages in the following jurisdictions: All US Regions and States, Canada (all Provinces).