Bob has successfully completed an extensive course of study in accident investigation and reconstruction and has regularly attended numerous training seminars. He has participated in several crash tests, field tests and research experiments. He has been fully accredited as an accident reconstructionist by the Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstruction (ACTAR) since 1993 and has qualified as an expert in his field in both New Jersey and New York states as well as Federal Court. He has also appeared as an accident reconstruction expert on Court TV.

Fully Accredited as a Traffic Accident Reconstructionist by the Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstruction (ACTAR #555)

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Experience & Qualifications

  • Owner & President of Klingen & Associates, LLC (2009 – Present)
  • Owner & President of RK Collision Analysis, Inc. (1997 – 2009)
  • Chief of Police (retired), Midland Park, NJ Police Department (26 years police experience)
  • Traffic Safety Supervisor (16 years experience)
  • Former Member Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Fatal Accident Investigation Unit (12 years experience)
  • Qualified as Accident Reconstruction Expert in numerous federal, county and municipal courts in New York and New Jersey
  • Instructor of Accident Investigation Techniques; Bergen County Police Academy
  • Crash Investigation Instructor – Levels I and II; NJ Office of Highway Traffic Safety (in conjunction with Northwestern University)
  • Emergency Medical Technician – New Jersey Department of Health (Certified through 2017)

Education:

  • West Point Command & Leadership Training Program – Bergen County Police Academy (2004)
  • Master of Science – Public Administration – Fairleigh Dickinson University – Teaneck, NJ (1999)
  • Bachelor of Science – Criminal Justice – Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, New York (1989)
  • Associate in Applied Science – Police Science – Bergen Community College (1983)
  • Basic Police Training – Highest Honor Graduate – Bergen County Police Academy (1981)

Specialized Training:

  • Motorcycle Crash Investigation – IPTM, University of North Florida (2010)
  • Defensive Driving Instructor Training Course (New 9th Edition) (2010)
  • Crash Data Retrieval System Operator – Collision Safety Institute (2002, 2007)
  • Emergency Medical Technician – New Jersey Department of Health (2003)
  • Applied Physics in Accident Reconstruction – IPTM, University of North Florida (1998)
  • Commercial Motor Vehicle Accident Investigation – IPTM, University of North Florida (1998)
  • Bio-behavioral Effects of Alcohol – Intoxikon International at Rutgers University (1996)
  • Advanced Accident Reconstruction – Texas A & M University (1996)
  • Pedestrian and Bicycle Reconstruction – Texas A & M University (1994)
  • Traffic Engineering for Police Officers – Rutgers University in conjunction w/NJDOT (1992)
  • Seat Belt/Child Restraint Usage Investigation – IPTM, University of North Florida (1992)
  • Special Problems in Accident Reconstruction – IPTM, University of North Florida (1989)
  • Traffic Accident Reconstruction – IPTM, University of North Florida (1989)
  • Technical Accident Investigation – The Traffic Institute, Northwestern University (1988)
  • Vehicular Homicide Investigation – The Traffic Institute of Northwestern University (1988)
  • At-Scene Accident Investigation – IPTM, University of North Florida (1987)

Accomplishments:

  • Appeared as Accident Reconstruction Consultant on Court TV (2002)
  • Commendation for Bergen County Traffic Officer of the Year (1998)
  • Served as Bergen County Traffic Safety Ambassador to the County of Gotenborg, Sweden (1996)

Additional Training & Seminars:

  • Collision Reconstruction – What Could Possibly Go Wrong? – NJAAR (2016)
  • Use of Drones in Reconstruction and Momentum Angles with CDR Data – NYSTARS (2016)
  • World Reconstruction Exposition (2016)
  • Anatomy of a Crash – NJAAR (2015)
  • MdATAI 2015 Combined Conference (2015)
  • Vehicle System Forensics – Infotainment & Telematics – NYSTARS (2015)
  • Using Video Analysis in Accident Reconstruction – NYSTARS (2014)
  • Roadway Design & Maintenance, Intersection Control, Punitive Damages, MUTCD – NYSTARS (2014)
  • Basic & Advanced Concepts Using Conservation of Linear Momentum – NJAAR Joint Conference (2013)
  • Investigating Motorcycle Collisions – NAPARS Combined Annual Conference (2012)
  • Pedestrian and Bicycle Accident Investigation – NAPARS Combined Annual Conference (2011)
  • Human Factors and Evaluating Nighttime Response – NYSTARS (2011)
  • Trailer Underride Collision Reconstruction – NAPARS Combined Annual Conference (2010)
  • Low Light/Nighttime Forensic Photography – NAPARS Combined Annual Conference (2010)
  • Vehicle Inspection and Failure Modes – NYSTARS (2010)
  • Heavy Vehicle Crash Reconstruction – NAPARS Combined Annual Conference (2009)
  • Eccentric Collision Investigation – NYSTARS (2007)
  • Roadway Lighting Level I Certification – International Municipal Signal Association (2006)
  • Air Brake Systems – NJAAR (2004)
  • Maryland Association of Traffic Accident Investigators – Collision Reconstruction Conference (2004)
  • New Jersey Intersection Safety Workshop – Rutgers University (2003)
  • New Jersey Association of Accident Reconstructionists – Collision Investigation and Reconstruction Conference (2003)
  • Event Data Recorder Training – NJAAR (2003)
  • Investigation of Utility Pole Impacts – NJAAR (2003)
  • Event Data Recorders and Crush Documentation and Analysis – NAPARS (2002)
  • Railroad Grade Crossing Collision Investigation – Bergen County Police Academy (2002)
  • Investigation of Bus/Pedestrian Accidents – NYSTARS (2002)
  • Biomechanics and Injury Causation Analysis – NYSTARS (2002)
  • Low Speed Impact Analysis – NYSTARS (2001)
  • Collision Investigation and Reconstruction /World Reconstruction Exposition – Texas A&M University (2000)
  • Relationship between Crush and Energy in Collision Reconstruction – NJAAR – (2000)
  • Roadway Engineering Seminar – Bergen County Police Academy (2000)
  • Vehicle Fire Investigation– Bergen County Police Academy (1999)
  • Fire Cause and Origin Determination– Bergen County Police Academy (1999)
  • Arson Investigation – Bergen County Police Academy (1999)
  • Commercial Vehicle Collision Reconstruction – NATARI (1999)
  • Low Speed Impact Injury Analysis – International Healthcare Consultants, Inc. (1998, 2000, 2001)
  • Insurance Fraud Training /Low Speed Impacts – NJ Special Investigators Association (1998-2000, 2002)
  • Forensic Mapping Specialist – Level I – MJC Associates (1997)
  • Low Speed Crash Analysis and Forensic Tire Examination – NJAAR (1997)
  • Human Factors in Accident Reconstruction – NATARI (1995)
  • Motorcycle Collision Analysis and Reconstruction – NATARI (1994, 1998)
  • Occupant Protection Usage and Enforcement Instructor – New Jersey State Police (1993)
  • Work Zone Traffic Control and Management – Bergen County Police Academy (1992, 1997)
  • Collision Analysis and Traffic Accident Reconstruction – SOAR (1991, 1995, 2003)
  • Advanced Accident Investigation Techniques – NATARI (1990, 1992, 1993, 1996)
  • Accident Scene Evidence Preservation – Bergen County Police Academy (1994)
  • Tire Damage Analysis – Michelin Tire Corporation
  • Advanced Accident Photography – Bergen County Police Academy

Membership & Societies:

  • Member of New Jersey Association of Accident Reconstructionists (NJAAR)
  • Member of New Jersey Special Investigators Association
  • Member of New Jersey Police Traffic Officers Association
  • Member of Bergen County Police Traffic Officers Association
  • Former Member of the Bergen County Police Traffic Officers Pedestrian Safety Task Force
  • Member of New York Statewide Traffic Accident Reconstructionists Society (NYSTARS)
  • Member of Society of Accident Reconstructionists (SOAR)
  • Member of National Association of Professional Accident Reconstruction Specialists, Inc. (NAPARS)
  • Member of National Association of Traffic Accident Reconsructionists and Investigators (NATARI)
  • Member of ARC Network, LLC
  • Associate Member of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)