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Anticipating Defenses in a MV Crash Case

  • Prosecution of a MV case often involves a skilled defense expert
  • Being able to anticipate what the expert will offer would be helpful
  • Additional investigation may help to defeat the defense
  • How to research the defense expert is in itself a skill

This class, offered in either a one-day or two-day format, helps crash investigators, reconstructionists, and prosecutors develop a skill for anticipating what a defense expert might do. By reviewing real case studies the participants can get valuable experience that might otherwise be gotten through costly trial encounters with defense experts. Discussions of how defense attorneys might attack an officer in cross examination are offered, and strategies for handling these attacks are explained.

Seminar topics include:

  • Identifying potential defenses, crossing the CL case
  • Pedestrian avoidance calculation, based on a PRT range
  • Stopping distance is greater than visibility distance
  • Assumptions in a defense expert’s reconstruction report
  • Defense expert challenges drag sled measurement
  • Investigation comments
  • Misuse of published treatises
  • Challenges to EDR evidence
  • Building credibility
  • Braking during yaw
  • Defense “throw away” questions
  • Investigation Checklists