Adam R. Van Cleave

Consultant / M.S.M.E., ACTAR / Dallas/Fort Worth


Mr. Van Cleave holds a B.S. degree in Preventative and Rehabilitative Exercise Science and an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering. Mr. Van Cleave is also an accredited traffic accident reconstructionist by the Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstruction (ACTAR).

Mr. Van Cleave’s experience includes over a decade of performing musculoskeletal biomechanical analyses ranging from injury prevention for Olympic and professional athletes to injury causation for forensic biomechanical reconstruction. Mr. Van Cleave has collaborated with researchers at the Human Injury Research and Regeneration Technologies Laboratory at Purdue University for development of modeling and analysis graduate coursework within the Mechanical Engineering department. Mr. Van Cleave also has experience in the development of continuing education courses focused on Clinical Musculoskeletal Biomechanics for physical therapists and other sports medicine professionals. Mr. Van Cleave’s graduate coursework focused on the mechanics associated with the deformations, failures, and material properties of biological and non-biological materials.

His primary areas of consulting expertise include injury biomechanics and accident reconstruction. Mr. Van Cleave provides forensic biomechanical analyses on cases involving motor vehicle accidents; driver determination; slip, trips, and falls; falling objects; and other accidental events. Mr. Van Cleave has performed analysis and reconstruction for low-speed motor vehicle accidents, high-speed fatality motor vehicle collisions, pedestrian accidents, head impacts, vehicle rollovers, and other types of accidents.

Mr. Van Cleave also provides expertise in sports-related injury biomechanical analysis, as well as experience in medical device root cause failure analysis, and has trial testimony experience.

Education and Certifications

• Mechanical Engineering, M.S.: Purdue University
• Preventative and Rehabilitative Exercise Science, B.S.: Northern Illinois University
• Accredited Accident Reconstructionist: The Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstruction (#3785)
• Bosch Certified Crash Data Retrieval Technician and Analyst
• Federal Aviation Administration Remote Pilot of Unmanned Aircraft System Certification (#4346584)
• Licensed Private Investigator, Texas (#01009882)