Attorney Investigation of CMV Accidents: Strategies for Identifying Key Issues, Recognizing Pivotal Evidence
Recording of a 90-minute CLE video webinar with Q&A
This CLE webinar will guide attorneys for plaintiff or defense in the best strategies and practices for investigating a commercial motor vehicle case, with a particular focus on tractor-trailer accidents. The panel will discuss how counsel's leading or hands-on involvement in the investigation can increase the value of the plaintiff's case or be the key to substantially reducing the time and expense to the defense.
- Why investigating CMV/trucking cases is unique
- Collecting witness statements and reports
- Retaining experts and collecting data
- Items to inspect
- Records requests
- Spoliation and cooperation with opposing parties
The panel will review these and other issues:
- How can attorneys anticipate and plan for recurring problems in accident investigations?
- What evidentiary issues arise when physical or electronic evidence is altered or damaged by first responders?
- What qualifications should plaintiffs look for in an accident reconstructionist and other experts?
- How does the pendency of criminal charges affect the investigation and access to evidence?
- What types of mistakes typically occur without preparation?
Peter J. Kestner
McEwen & Kestner
Mr. Kestner has extensive experience with truck accident cases, both as a private attorney and representative for... | Read More
Mr. Kestner has extensive experience with truck accident cases, both as a private attorney and representative for trucking insurers. Prior to founding his law firm, Mr. Kestner served for 10 years as a claims adjuster and litigation manager with one of the largest tractor trailer insurers in the U.S. He now uses this defense experience to represent individuals injured by the negligent acts of trucking companies. Mr. Kestner has also served as personal counsel to policyholders in disputes with their insurers as well as serving as an expert witness in insurance litigation matters. He sits on the Executive Committee of AAJ’s Interstate Trucking Litigation Group, he is the Amicus Committee Chair for AAJ’s Interstate Trucking Litigation Group and its Special Project Director.Close
The Law Firm for Truck Safety
Mr. Young focuses his law practice on helping victims and survivors of truck crashes. His clients are pedestrians,... | Read More
Mr. Young focuses his law practice on helping victims and survivors of truck crashes. His clients are pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcyclists, ordinary motorists, and even truck drivers all involved in catastrophic and fatal truck crashes. Due to the devastating nature of this work, Mr. Young has worked with the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety and other national safety advocacy groups to try to prevent these tragedies before they happen. He has even testified as a “Truck Safety Advocate” before the United States House of Representatives. Mr. Young is NBTA Board Certified in Truck Accident Law.Close