William Bortles

Principal Accident Reconstructionist

Expertise:
• Accident Reconstruction
• Railroad Accident Reconstruction
• Passenger Vehicle Infotainment & Telematics Systems
• Event Data Recorders – Passenger Vehicles & Light Trucks
• Event Data Recorders – Commercial Vehicles & Heavy Trucks
• And More

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William (Will) Bortles has been reconstructing accidents since 2005. Mr. Bortles has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder. In addition to Mr. Bortles’ education as an engineer, he has received extensive training specific to the field of accident reconstruction.  Will has undergone training from a number of credible organizations including: Northwestern University – Center for Public Safety, Society of Automotive Engineers, Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance and the Crash Data Group. Mr. Bortles is fully accredited as an accident reconstructionist by the Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstruction (ACTAR).  He is a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) where he has published peer-reviewed studies pertaining to accident reconstruction and event data recorders. Will also serves a peer-reviewer for pending SAE publications and is an active member for SAE’s Data Collection and Archiving Standards Committee. Will is a member of the National Association of Professional Accident Reconstruction Specialists (NAPARS) and the Southwestern Association of Technical Accident Investigators (SATAI).

Mr. Bortles has experience in a wide variety of cases and has testified in state and federal courts as an expert in accident reconstruction and event data recorders. Will’s research focus has been the event data recorders found in airbag control modules from passenger vehicles and engine control modules found in commercial vehicles. He has instructed other reconstructionists and law-enforcement personnel on the accepted practices of imaging event data from passenger vehicles. Recently, Mr. Bortles has been involved in training and research vehicle systems forensics as it pertains to vehicle infotainment and telematics systems. In addition to event data recorders, Mr. Bortles has published papers on the topics of vehicle-to-vehicle crashes, crash test analysis, acoustics and the analysis of tire mark evidence. His work conducting forensic testing involving high speed tire disablements, vehicle-to-pedestrian accidents and loss of directional control has been published by multiple journals, publications, and journals.

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Kineticorp Accident Reconstructionist, Will Bortles presented these findings at SAE International’s 2019 World Congress Event (WCX). A special thanks to Daniel Koch, Gray Beauchamp, David Pentecost, George Rayburn, and Ryan Hostetler for their involvement with the project.

A lug-stud pattern is the pattern deposited from the lug studs on a vehicle’s wheels in a side swipe event. Kineticorp’s Will Bortles and David Hessel have developed a specific simulation program to help us better understand what these lug stud patterns tell us about an accident.

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