Matthew J. Bunkers, Ph.D., CCM
Phone: 605.390.7243 (mobile)
Rain intensity/visibility case:
Rain and/or mist were associated with an accident on an interstate highway. The opposition claimed that only mist was ongoing at the time of the accident. However, upon examination of radar and lightning data, surface and upper-air observations, and publications related to radar-rainfall rates and visibility, it was evident that heavy rainfall occurred during and immediately preceding the accident, thus leading to low visibility and the possibility for hydroplaning. This analysis led to a settlement before the case went to court.
— “We have verbally agreed to a settlement in this matter. Thank you very much for all your help.“
Rainfall analysis case:
Rain fell during a time when an organization had insurance for at least 0.25″ of rain to protect against losses for their outdoor fundraising event. Initial estimates by another consulting firm showed 0.14″, which resulted in denial of the claim. A more detailed analysis of radar rainfall estimates and biases, along with nearby precipitation reports from several observers, showed that rainfall likely equaled or exceeded 0.25″. This analysis resulted in full payment of the insurance claim.
— “You are the most tenacious and effective expert with whom I have had the pleasure to work.“
Grain bin damage case:
Severe thunderstorms resulted in widespread wind damage in an area with marginal radar coverage. Using severe storm reports, surface observations, data from the four closest radars, and knowledge of severe thunderstorm signatures, the wind gust was estimated between 90 and 105 mph for the location where a grain bin was destroyed. This helped show that the grain bin was destroyed as a result of the wind (and not because of faulty construction). This analysis led to a settlement before the case went to court.
— “This matter settled at mediation. Thank you for your assistance in this case. It was great working with you, Dr. Bunkers.“