How Can Truck Experts Benefit My Lawsuit? Q&A
Ask Jim Ronca, Truck Accident Lawyer, Pennsylvania
What is an expert witness?
An expert witness is believed to have knowledge in a particular subject beyond the average person by virtue of education, skill, training, and experience -- scientific, technical or otherwise.
How does my lawyer find the right expert?
Sources for expert witnesses include personal referrals, trade associations, directories, jury verdict reporting services, society membership rosters, reported appellate decisions, regulatory bodies, private consulting firms, and professional law librarians. Experts can be found on university and college faculties and at medical schools.
Why are experts required to win my case?
The use of an expert to talk about truck driving is always very important as it increases the credibility of your case. The expert’s ability to teach the lawyer or your legal team and the jurors is essential. The more persuasive your expert is – the more beneficial that is to your lawsuit case. In the final analysis, what the expert has to say is more important than what the lawyer has to say.
Do I have to pay the expert?
No. If Jim Ronca, truck lawyer, and Anapol Schwartz decide to file a lawsuit on your behalf, they pay for the expert. You have no out-of-pocket expense. They take your case on a contingency fee which means if you don’t win your lawsuit – they don’t get paid. They are not retained by you until a contract is mutually signed. To find out if you qualify for a contingency fee truck accident lawsuit, please answer some questions.
Anapol Schwartz has locations in Cherry Hill, New Jersey and Philadelphia, Media, Harrisburg, and Reading, Pennsylvania.
Do you have any examples of how experts helped in previous truck accident cases?
For example, Anapol Schwartz had a case where the truck driver went into a jackknife. A truck driving expert was put on the stand to explain the proper method for the truck driver to avoid a jackknife and the proper method to pull out of a skid without losing control of your tractor-trailer.
In the absence of anti-lock brakes, this involves releasing the brakes to regain rolling traction. The old school and wrong method was to release the tractor brakes while keeping the trailer brakes engaged. This method actually makes the jackknife worse by allowing the trailer to push the tractor.
The truck driving expert testified that the old school method used by the defendant driver was wrong and made the situation worse, leading to the jackknifed truck crashing into our client.
While on the witness stand, the attorney for the defendant truck driver began his cross-examination and asked our expert how he could be so sure that his methods were correct and that the method used by his client, who had more than 20 years of experience driving, was wrong.
Our expert replied, “Well, I have been in hundreds of skids.”
The defense lawyer got all smug and said, “Oh, so you’ve been in hundreds of skids, have you?”
And our expert replied, “Yes, when I was training new drivers at truck driving school we had a skid pad and I would actually show the truck drivers on the skid path how to pull out of a skid and how to avoid a jackknife. So yes I can say with certainty that the way I train my drivers to do it and the way I do it is the right way and the way that your client did it was the wrong way.”
We won the case.