Trucking and Auto Injury Cases: Deposing Accident Reconstruction and Biomechanical Experts

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

Conducted on Wednesday, July 11, 2018

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This CLE webinar will prepare personal injury attorneys in trucking and auto cases to depose accident reconstruction and biomechanical experts. The webinar will discuss best practices for questioning and cross-examining deponents, strategies for strengthening or challenging an expert’s credentials, techniques to indicate or disprove bias, interest or prejudice, and raising and defending objections.


Accident reconstruction and biomechanical experts are among the most significant witnesses in commercial motor carrier and auto collision cases. Accident reconstruction experts investigate the crash scene and collect evidence to describe and recreate how a collision occurred. Biomechanical experts illustrate how an accident’s impact caused the alleged injuries.

The defense most frequently retains these experts to assist with assessing case value, devising case theory, determining how a collision occurred, and attacking the plaintiff’s experts at depositions to set up Daubert and summary judgment motions.

Attorneys litigating trucking and auto collision cases must prepare to depose accident reconstruction and biomechanical expert witnesses to support or minimize the impact of their opinions. Counsel must be aware of strategies to challenge an expert’s credibility, methodology, fundamental assumptions, and showing bias or prejudice. Effective litigators should use an opposing expert to establish favorable facts and establish learned treatises.

Listen as our authoritative panel of experienced litigators discusses strategies for cross-examining an expert to strengthen or weaken the expert’s opinion and techniques to bolster or attack the expert’s credibility.



  1. Questioning experts to strengthen or weaken the expert opinion
    1. Advancing favorable facts
    2. Establish learned treatise
  2. Bolstering or attacking the credibility of experts
    1. Educational qualifications and training
    2. Show bias, interest or prejudice
    3. Highlight departure from established testing methods
    4. Undermining key assumptions
  3. Rehabilitating an expert’s credibility


The panel will review these and other critical issues:

  • What are the most effective methods of attacking an accident reconstruction expert witness’ credibility?
  • What are techniques to discredit a biomechanical expert witness’ credibility?
  • What is the best practice for counsel to challenge the credibility of an expert witness?
  • How can counsel rehabilitate an expert whose credibility has been attacked?


Goodman, Richard
Richard M. Goodman
Goodman Kalahar

Mr. Goodman’s practice is focused on major personal injury jury trials involving auto design and other major...  |  Read More

O’Brien, Thomas
Thomas C. O'Brien

Senior Counsel
Miller Canfield Paddock and Stone

Mr. O’Brien is an experienced trial lawyer who has successfully represented clients in complex civil and criminal...  |  Read More

Valitutti, Ralph
Ralph F. Valitutti

Kitch Drutchas Wagner Valitutti & Sherbrook

Mr. Valitutti heads the firm's birth trauma practice and serves as national counsel for insurers and major health...  |  Read More

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