PERSONAL WATER SAFETY
David Stewart Smith, Ph.D.
Commander, USCG (RET)
Dr. Smith has been retained or consulted in over 650 cases
with aquatics, boating or Jones Act litigation. The 34 years of Dr. smith’s
exprience as an expert in boating/swimming litigation is based on his extensive
background in teaching subjects such aquatic safety, accident prevention, water
rescue and the field assessment/stabilization of hypothermic near-drowning
Dr. Smith was Awarded: the U.S. Coast Guard Achievement Medal
and Meritorious Service Medal in recognition of work in Boating and
Anti-drowning activities on national and international basis.
Smith has assisted defense or plaintiffs’ counsel in cases involving accident
reconstruction/analysis including (but not limited to):
boat collisions, capsizings and groundings; jet skis/Wave Runners; murder by
drowning; drowning progressions-signs of drowning; drowning in swimming pools,
lakes and at beaches; cervical spine injuries on boats, in above ground and in
ground pools as well as at beaches, plus diving from boats; pool/beach design
and construction: water skiing and tubing; white water rafting; aquatic
accidents at, in or below hydro electric plants and low head dams; water and
boat rescues; life guarding procedures; alcohol and environmental
stressors/factors including hypothermia; signs and warnings; reconstruction of
water and boating accidents; personal flotation devices; human factors. The
foregoing includes numerous reports, depositions and courtroom testimonies.
Experienced- Lecturer; Author; Educator; Sea Captain; Search and Rescue
Nationally (legal/trial) Witness as presently/previously listed in:
Recognized Lawyers’ Desk Reference, National Forensic Directory, Who’s Who
in Midwest/American Education, Numerous Expert Directories.
Naval Science (Honors), U.S. Coast Guard Academy.
American University, Washington, D.C.
Education, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO.
Legal specialties: Experienced In:
Aquatic Accident Reconstruction
Collisions Including Personal Watercraft (Jet Skis).
Drowning In Any Environment: Pools, Lakes, Dams, Hot Tubs, Boats, Etc.
Alcohol Affected Aquatic Accidents.
Diving Injuries In Pools/From Boats, Etc.
Head And Elevated Dams.
Flotation Devices (PFD’s, Inflated rafts).
guarding At Pools/Beaches.
Canoeing/White Water Rafting.
Factors Related to Boating/Swimming Accidents.
Environmental Factors related to Boating/Swimming Accidents.
Merchant Vessels (Inspected/Uninspected).
Of The Road, Inland/International.
Passenger Vessel Litigation.
Barge/Recreational Vessel Collisions.
Overboard/Crew Member Disappearances.
Aquatic Facility Operator (AFO).
Evaluator: Old Dominion University.
American Red Cross Lifeguard.
American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor.
Commanding Officer USCG 100 Ton-1000Ton Vessels, Inland/International
Commanding Officer USCG Rescue/Aids to Navigation Facilities.
Watch Officer/Navigator/Executive Officer USCG Vessels Inland/International.
National Water Safety Congress.
National Recreation and Parks Association.
National Safe Boating Council.
National Advisory Council, Sea Exploring Boy Scouts of America.
National Transportation Safety Association.
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Smith Aquatic Safety Service
2022 Liberty Heights
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
EXPERT WITNESS: PERSONAL WATER SAFETY