Accident Reconstruction in Truck Collision Investigations and Trial

Partnering With Reconstruction Experts to Maximize Case Value

Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A

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Conducted on Thursday, June 25, 2015

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Course Materials

This CLE course will examine the role of accident reconstruction in investigating and proving the cause of injuries in trucking accident claims. The panel will discuss best practices for effectively using a reconstruction expert during investigation and trial to maximize case value.


Accident reconstruction involves investigating and analyzing the circumstances surrounding a trucking accident and drawing conclusions about the causes of and contributing factors in the collision. Personal injury attorneys frequently hire accident reconstruction experts to evaluate the accident scene from a physics and engineering perspective, including calculating the speed the vehicles were traveling and determining the condition of the road at the time of the collision. The reconstructionists’ findings directly impact the value of the case.

Attorneys using accident reconstruction in trucking injury cases must confront a number of legal questions, such as who owns the accident scene data, how to legally obtain it, how to ensure the authenticity and admissibility of the data, and how to withstand challenges to the qualifications of the reconstruction expert.

Listen as our authoritative panel discusses how accident reconstruction is being used during trucking accident investigations and litigation to maximize case value and legal challenges personal injury attorneys face when seeking to use reconstruction evidence.



  1. Accident reconstruction overview
  2. Strategies for effectively partnering with accident reconstructionist


The panel will address these and other key questions:

  • What is accident reconstruction and how is it being used in truck collision cases?
  • How can personal injury attorneys effectively partner with accident reconstructionists in trucking injury litigation to increase the value of the case?
  • What legal challenges do attorneys face when using accident reconstruction to prove trucking accident injuries and how can they overcome them?


Thomas W. James
Thomas W. James

Michigan Auto Law

Mr. James is a trial attorney at Michigan Auto Law, and has spent the last 10 years focusing his practice on truck and...  |  Read More

Burns, J.J.
J.J. Burns, Esq.

Dollar, Burns, Becker & Hershewe

Mr. Burns focuses on truck crash litigation, and handles a range of other catastrophic injury cases. He has researched...  |  Read More

Robert E. Larson, P.E.
Robert E. Larson, P.E.

Senior Managing Engineer

Mr. Larson addresses issues related to accident reconstruction and vehicle dynamics, including testing and analysis of...  |  Read More

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