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Dr. Carl Berkowitz - Passenger Accident Expert Witness - Pedestrian Accident Expert Witness

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Dr. Carl Berkowitz

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Dr. Carl Berkowitz

Primary Phone:

(631) 878-7419

Secondary Phone:

(631) 878-7419


(631) 207-8345

Mailing Address:

239 Lands End Court
Moriches, NY 11955 United States

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About Dr. Carl Berkowitz

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Carl Berkowitz, PE, Ph.D., AICP is a transportation, traffic engineering and accident expert and has served as a litigation consultant since 1997. Dr. Berkowitz has over 49 years of expertise and he is frequently consulted at the initial stages of a potential accident litigation.

Carl Berkowitz has the educational background and experience to explain complex technical issues in layman terms, suggest strategies, investigate and uncover facts, perform literature reviews and research, prepare reports and safety evaluations.

Practice Areas:

  • Pedestrians, passengers and workers safety for all modes of transportation.
  • ADA compliance, accessibility, slip, misstep, trip, fall, sudden stops and starts, level-ADA compliance, accessibility, slip, misstep, trip, fall, sudden stops and starts, level-of-way trespass, perception-reaction, and operator error.
  • Safe walking for pedestrians and passengers (terminals, stations, bus stops, sidewalks, intersections, railroad crossings, parking facilities, escalators, elevators, ramps, people-movers and pathways.
  • Geometric design, sight distance, speed-distance, safety and security, enforcement, collision avoidance, train-vehicle/train-pedestrian collisions, and control devices.
  • Operator mistakes, fatigue, human input/output and control, environment, distractions, and perception-reaction.
  • Training (rules, regulations, and standard operating procedures), best practices, national standards and guidelines.
  • Visibility, conspicuity, information, control devices, pavement markings. and Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices
  • Hazard analysis, system safety, cause-consequence, and safety assessment.
  • FELA and OSHA workplace safety and security.

Services Provided

  • Comprehensive litigation support
  • Incident investigation, hazard and causation analysis, error and safety analysis, and risk based inspection programs; evaluation and study report
  • Industry and government rules, regulations, guidelines, controls, policies, procedures and standards
  • Pedestrian/passenger injuries and fatalities
  • Americans with Disabilities Act, OSHA and FELA
  • Employee training and supervision
  • Organization design, management failures and management system audits
  • Accessibility and safety for people with special needs
  • Subway, commuter rail, Amtrak, light rail and bus accident investigations and analysis
  • Platform falls, platform crowding, platform gaps, door incidents, train/bus jerk falls, on train/bus falls, between train falls and off train falls
  • Vehicle (train, light rail, bus, motor vehicle, commercial vehicle) investigation.
  • Terminals - intermodal, multimodal, freight, warehouse, distribution, container, truck stops, depot, passenger, rail freight and marine
  • Railroad-highway grade crossings, railroad-pedestrian grade crossings and pedestrian-roadway crossings
  • Railroad right of way
  • Slips, trips, missteps, scuffs and falls
  • Same level falls. Abrupt changes in walkway, holes and depressions in walking surface
  • Falls from heights
  • Stair design
  • Human factors in pedestrian and vehicle interactions
  • Vehicle operator/driver hiring practices, training, human errors, ergonomics, performance, reaction-response time, attention, fatigue, accident causations, compliance, environmental issues and reasonable conduct
  • Lighting, visibility, line of sight and conspicuity
  • Bus accidents
  • Bus stops, bus shelters, bus terminals, bus access
  • Student safety
  • Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (latest edition)
  • Geometric design, level of service, and capacity factors of highways and streets (designing to standards)
  • Information technology, signage, communication systems and wayfinding
  • Work zone and workplace safety
  • Parking facilities
  • Safety, security and reliability
  • Walking and traction audit
  • Traffic regulations and controls
  • Research applicable codes, guidelines and standards

Professional Affiliations

  • American Institute of Certified Planners
  • American Planning Association
  • American Society of Civil Engineers (Fellow, Transportation Education and Safety Committees)
  • Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals
  • Institute of Transportation Engineers, American Society of Safety Engineers
  • National Association of Railroad Safety Consultants and Investigators
  • American Society of Transportation and Logistics
  • American Railway Engineering and Maintenance of Way Association (Committees 11 and 12, Facilities and Structures Subcommittee)
  • American National Standards Institute
  • ASTM International (Committee F13 - Pedestrian/Walkway Safety)
  • American Public Transportation Association
  • Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
  • The Charter Institute of Logistics and Transport (UK).


  • Bachelorís Degree in Civil Engineering
  • Masterís Degree in Business Administration from The City College of New York
  • Masterís Degree in Transportation Planning
  • Ph.D. in Transportation Planning and Engineering from Polytechnic University (NYU-Poly).


Click here to access the following articles written by Dr. Berlowtiz.

  • Mind the Gap
  • Track Walking
  • Young Drivers
  • Safety by Design
  • Low-level Platforms
  • Rail Platform Overcrowding
  • Passenger Platform Level of Service
  • Rail Station Pedestrian Crossover
  • Through the Eyes of the Train Operator (In Progress)
  • Walking Safely to School Bus Stops
  • Walking on Ice
  • Bus Occupant Safety
  • Danger on the Tracks
  • Platform Safety
  • Railroad Fatalities

Sample cases and published cases are also available online.

Call (631) 878-7419

Carl Berkowitz Ph.D., PE, AICP
Passenger & Pedestrian Accident Expert Witness

239 Lands End Court
Moriches, NY 11955

Email: cmberkowitz@hotmail.com

Please see our website for a complete list of educational and professional qualifications.


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