Identify Defendants You
Didn't Know You Had
Seven Example Scenarios
1) An investigator is hired to investigate a 30 mph rearend collision, in which the front driver (plaintiff) received neck and back injuries. By understanding the accident dynamics explained in the book, the investigator would know to look for possible seat collapse, which could discover a prior unknown defendant, i.e., the car manufacturer.
2) An intoxicated driver, in an opposing traffic lane, hits head-on with another vehicle on a bridge. For most attorneys and investigators, an open and closed case. Students of this book will know to ask the question, "Why didn't the victim see the drunk in time to move out of the way." The answer to that question could lead to a major problem with the road and bridge connection design, and another defendant.
3) While horseback riding at night, the victim is thrown and injured when his horse rears up and the saddle slips sideways. The attorney's orders might be to just look into the slipping saddle, but readers of this book will know to also look at what caused the horse to rear. Perhaps it was barbed wire on the trail, leading to another defendant.
4) A tethered construction worker falls to his death, after his tether releases. The investigator's orders are to look into the product liability case against the tether manufacturer for the release opening up. Chapter Twenty-four of this book will expand the reader's vision to include how the tether was anchored. Was the tether's anchor properly placed? If not, there may be another defendant.
5) An eighteen-wheeler rolls over and the female passenger is killed by a broken neck and a gash to her forehead. Students of this book would know that the police should have called this a homicide rather than an accident, because the resulting injuries did not match the dynamics of the accident.
6) The defendants in a rearend collision claim that the impact was very minor, resulting in virtually no visible damage to either vehicle, thereby negating injury claims by the victim. Chapter Seven explains how to take photographs that will show if a vehicle frame was bent during an accident, thereby proving a more severe impact than is demonstrated by damage to the bumpers and fenders.
7) A man falls asleep behind the wheel of his vehicle at ten in the morning, slamming into a parked squad car. The officer who was standing in front of the squad car looses booth legs when his car is pushed into him. The defendant had just gotten off work and was driving home. A cut and dry case with a routine workup ordered by the attorney. Owners of this book would know to look at the underlying question of "why did the man fall asleep." The man was a long haul truck driver who had pulled a thirty-six hour shift, sleeping for only four hours on his employer's couch, while his employer altered his log book. A multi-hundred thousand dollar case became a multimillion dollar case because of the techniques explained in this book.
Why must one out of every five miles of the National Highway Network be straight? .... See page 1004.
What can a gouge in the asphalt at the scene of a traffic accident tell you? . . . See page 299.
What does "stacking" insurance mean? .... See page 156.

When would a seaman, hurt while working on a ship in dry dock, not qualify for Jones Act benefits? .... See page 826.
What is one of the most dangerous "sports" a student can participate in? .... See page 705.
If a public stable wrangler knees a. horse's belly, is that animal abuse or a safety measure? .... See page 591.
How do I make photographs "tell the story"? .... See page 84.
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