Vehicle Investigations

Hallman Engineering L.L.C. located in Minnesota (MN) investigates the origin and cause of VEHICLE FIRES in Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota and all other states.




David has performed investigations and assisted with investigations on a wide variety of vehicle and equipment fire investigations.  He has completed fire investigations involving cars and light trucks, heavy trucks, farm equipment, construction equipment, baling equipment, skid loaders, and combines, as well as structure fires reportedly caused by vehicles.  David is a Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator and a Certified Vehicle Fire Investigator through the National Association of Vehicle Fire Investigators (NAFI).  David has also performed and witnessed multiple vehicle test burns.


U.S. Fire Administration's (USFA) Topical Fire Report Series Volume 19, Issue 2 / July 2018

Highway Vehicle Fires (2014 - 2016)

Findings from this report:

  • Approximately one in eight fires responded to by fire departments across the nation is a highway vehicle fire. This does not include the tens of thousands of fire department responses to highway vehicle accident sites.
  • Unintentional action (38 percent) was the leading cause of highway vehicle fires.
  • Eighty-three percent of highway vehicle fires occurred in passenger vehicles.
  • Sixty-two percent of highway vehicle fires and 36 percent of fatal highway vehicle fires originated in the engine, running gear or wheel area of the vehicle.
  • Mechanical failure was the leading factor contributing to the ignition of highway vehicle fires (45 percent).
  • Insulation around electrical wiring (29 percent) and flammable liquids in the engine area (18 percent) were the most common items first ignited in highway vehicle fires.
  • Sixty percent of fatal vehicle fires were the result of a collision.


Hallman Engineering L.L.C. located in Minnesota (MN) investigates and reconstructs all types of VEHICLE CRASHES in Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota and all other states.




David has performed multiple crash investigations and multiple crash related vehicle mechanical investigations on cars, light trucks, medium trucks, buses, motorcycles and bicycles.  He is an active member of the Accident Reconstruction Communications Network (ARC) and has been a member of the ARC-CSI crash crew since 2011.  The crash crew plans and executes instrumented test crashes at the annual ARC-CSI crash conference in Las Vegas.  David has also been a member of the SATAI crash crew since 2013 and participated in crash testing at the 2014 and 2018 MATAI crash conferences. 


NHTSA: Teens and Distracted Driving 2017


2019 SATAI Crash Conference.

2019 SATAI, Lincoln TC into Motorcycle and Prius