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

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


Conducted on Thursday, April 15, 2021

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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.

Description

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 deposing these experts to strengthen or weaken the expert's opinion and offers techniques to bolster or attack the expert's credibility.

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Outline

  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

Benefits

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 the 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?

Faculty

Bassett, Michael
Michael H. Bassett

Senior Partner
The Bassett Firm

Mr. Bassett's areas of practice are mediation, personal injury, premises liability, products liability,...  |  Read More

Hill, Justin
Justin Hill

Attorney
Hill Law Firm

Mr. Hill maintains a national practice in the areas of personal injury litigation, on the job injuries, sexual assault...  |  Read More

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