Accessibility Design

“The Department of Justice’s revised regulations for Titles II and III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) were published in the Federal Register on September 15, 2010.  These regulations adopted revised, enforceable accessibility standards called the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design, "2010 Standards."  On March 15, 2012, compliance with the 2010 Standards was required for new construction and alterations under Titles II and III.  March 15, 2012, is also the compliance date for using the 2010 Standards for program accessibility and barrier removal.”

(Source: ADA Standards for Accessible Design. (n.d.). Retrieved January 6, 2016.)

Accessibility design relates to the federally mandated standars of the ADA for commercial properties and the Fair Housing Act for many multi-family residences. The purpose of the ADA and Fair housing Act is essentially to extend Civil Rights protection to disabled persons.

At The Accident Expert™, when working with these types of cases, we apply three basic steps:

  1. Acquire necessary and relevant information
  2. Develop our analysis of the case and issue reports as requested
  3. Participate in any legal proceedings

In gathering our information about the case, we ask many questions, look at all of the evidence provided, and use this information to form our analysis. Our process includes the following:

  • Examine photographs of the incident
  • Review accident and police reports
  • Collect witness and participant statements
  • Conduct an “executive interview” with the participant and gather information as they tell us what happened from their point of view
  • Perform a site inspection
  • Apply mandates from the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

The Accident Expert™ welcomes and encourages all inquiries regarding accessibility design cases.