Hard Facts, Inc.

Copyright 2005: Hard Facts, Inc. 


Company Info
Whats New
Contact Us






Hackensack River Bridge


The Lincoln Highway Bridge that carries Routes 1 and 9 across the Hackensack River in Jersey City was struck by a mail truck and knocked out a traffic barrier that swings across the roadway and rendered it out of service. A second traffic safety gate and alarm bells were also broken. In an emergency plan, Jersey City police officers blocked traffic and placed flares to warn motorist of the danger. The bridge operator watched as two officers placed flares on the bridge and then got back into their truck. Moments earlier, the chief bridge operator went down to the bridge deck to speak to two other police officers. He informed them a tugboat was waiting to pass and the bridge would be open for 15-20 minutes – he then went back upstairs to his office.


The Captain of the tugboat received word from the bridge operator that the deck was being lifted. As he was getting closer to the bridge, he noticed a vehicle move toward the center of the bridge. As the bridge deck rose quietly, an emergency truck in which two police officers were in was starting to move slowly forward. Other police officers began running after the truck, shouting and waving flashing lights. The truck began to pick-up speed as it approached the center of the bridge but the deck was 78 feet in the air.


The Captain of the tugboat watched in horror as the truck arced off the edge of the bridge and plunged nose first toward the water, flipped over and sank immediately. As the bridge operator grabbed a life preserver and a rope, he saw no sign of the truck or the officers. The Captain of the tugboat used their spotlights to look for survivors but saw no one. Within minutes, the Coast Guard, police and rescue vehicles, boats and divers searched frantically in the thick fog and water.


About 90 minutes later, they recovered one officer’s body. The body of the second officer was found four days later by a New York City police diver.


At the request of the Jersey City Police Department Hard Facts was retained to assist in their investigation of the matter. Our services included an examination of the truck to determine if any mechanical or electrical defects contributed to this loss.


Egg Harbor Township


The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office requested our assistance in the Egg Harbor Township tragedy where an SUV plowed into a house and landed on a sleeping couple in their bed.


Authorities said the driver was unable to back the truck out of the house but tried to escape on foot before being caught by bystanders and neighbors.


Our investigation included ascertaining the mechanical integrity of the vehicle.






Even though four-wheel steering failed on compact Japanese cars in the 1980s and 1990s, don’t write it off just yet.


Delphi Corp. engineered the system offered on Chevy Silverado, GMC Sierra pickups, Chevy Suburban and GMC Yukon SUV’s from 2002 to 2005. The innovation was greeted with little enthusiasm by consumers but it probably had more to do with poor marketing rather than a lack of performance. By electronically enabling the rear wheels to turn as much as 12 degrees – it was the first production application of steer-by-wire, the so-called Quadrasteer system reduced the turning radius of those GM trucks from 44 feet to just 36.5 feet.


Quadrasteer improved high-speed cornering stability because it helped keep the vehicle’s body from leaning during turns. It was aimed at drivers who often towed boats and trailers. Quadrasteer hit the market as a hefty $4,495 option. GM later reduced it to $2,000 but did little to promote it. Delphi hopes to sell it to another manufacturer. Look for four-wheel steering to appear on a Ford Dodge, Toyota or Nissan pick-up.




The idea of using an infrared camera to detect heat-emitting objects in front or on the sides of a vehicle was a good one. GM’s choice of the 2000 Cadillac DeVille to roll out the new technology was not, nor was the method of display – on the windshield. The grille-mounted camera focused on the area round the front of the car and could see as far ahead as 500 yards. Ghostly images were projected on the lower left portion of the windshield. If a car was moving at, say, 50 mph, it could be hard for the driver to stay focused on the road while looking at the picture on the windshield.


It was a pricey option (about $2,200) but Cadillac dropped the option after the 2005 model year. Night vision systems are not dead. Autoliv and Siemens VDO offer newer versions with better displays that are much easier on the eyes.




Many vehicles on the road already have at least some ability to capture and store data such as vehicle speed and seat belt status. Black boxes help automakers diagnose hard-to-trace electrical problems. The devices also assist accident investigators as they determine what happened before, during and after a crash. Any part of the vehicle that has a sensor, from the seats to the brake system, can feed data into the black box.


Automakers could use the information in black boxes to defend themselves against lawsuits involving claims of defects…..or lawyers could use the information to prove a component failed. Black boxes are controversial, some feel, because the information they contain could be used to usurp a person’s right to privacy.






You trust the quality and integrity of our engineering services. You can expect no less from our investigative team.





All of our automotive experts are now licensed locksmiths as a result of correspondence with the State of New Jersey, Office of the Attorney General, Department of Law and Public Safety, Division of Consumer Affairs, Fire Alarm, Burglar Alarm and Locksmith Advisory Committee over the past two years.





Our new website can be reached through the following web addresses:







Stay connected for all our upcoming events!