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Specialties & Experience

General Specialties: Human Factors and Warnings & Labels

Specialty Focus: Ergonomics, Driver Performance, Night vision and Lighting, Audible alarms, Slip trip & falls, Stair safety, Retail safety, Work place safety, Skiing and winter sports safety, Motorcycle safety, Distracted Driving, Fatigue & drowsy driving, Slow moving vehicles, Product design, Boating safety

Education: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), North Carolina State University; Masters of Science (MS), North Carolina State University; Bachelor of Science (BS), University of Scranton

Years in Practice: 22

Number of Times Deposed/Testified in Last 4 Yrs: 50+


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Dr. William Vigilante offers human factors expert services in civil and criminal litigation matters related to consumer and commercial product design; roadway and vehicle safety; premises safety; and the design, development, and assessment of product warnings, signs, and user manuals. Dr. Vigilante is a Board Certified Professional Ergonomist (CPE) with over 20 years of experience in the field of human factors & ergonomics. Dr. Vigilante is an establish researcher in the field of warnings & risk perception and has authored more than 36 professional research papers related to the factors that affect the adequacy of warnings and how people perceive risks. Dr. Vigilante has worked in the design, development, and testing of over 100 consumer and commercial products along with the warnings and user instructions that accompanied those products. Dr. Vigilante is a human factors expert who possesses more than 20 years of experience researching driver performance and roadway safety. In his 14+ years as a forensic consultant, Dr. Vigilante has investigated over a 100 motor vehicle collisions, including pedestrian knockdowns and motor vehicle crashes involving stopped or slow moving vehicles, driver distraction/cell phone use, driver fatigue / drowsiness, intoxicated drivers, and the lack of positive guidance and/or warnings. Dr. Vigilante is also a human factors expert with extensive experience in pedestrian safety researching pedestrian behavior and gait and working with retailers to re-design their point of sales operations to improve pedestrian movement and efficiency. As a forensic consultant, Dr. Vigilante has been involved in the investigation of over 100 slip, trip, and fall injuries addressing issues related to open and obviousness (conspicuity) of walkway hazards, premises and walkway lighting, and retail store safety. Dr. Vigilante has testified in numerous state and federal courts across the country as an expert in human factors.