Virginia: Car Accidents – a Lawyer’s Trial

Virginia: Car Accidents – a Lawyer’s Trial

Trial is the monthly publication of the American Association for Justice (“AAJ”), formerly the American Trial Lawyers Association (“ATLA”). Its issue for July, 2014, is entitled “TRIAL TACTICS: Game On!”.

Trial’s July issue features a half-dozen noteworthy articles: “ONCE UPON AN OPENING,” id. at 12-16; “30(b)(6) Depositions: USING A LASER INSTEAD OF A SHOTGUN,” id. at 18-24; “RON MOTLEY ON HOW TO APPROACH A CASE,” id. at 26-30; “Top Five Voir Dire STRATEGIES,” id. at 32-37; “Checkmate: Strategies for Dismantling the Defense,” id. at 38-44; and “Thinking Like a Film DIRECTOR”. Id. at 46-50. A companion article to the latter is “SEQUENCE YOUR EXHIBITS TO FOCUS THE JURY” Id. at 50, 52.

“Checkmate” is a symposium article comprised by 3 separate shorts: “WHEN DEFENSE EXPERTS LIE,” id. at 39-40; “THE HIDDEN POWER OF THE REQUEST FOR ADMISSIONS,” id. at 40-41; and “TURN THE TIDE USING RHETORICAL QUESTIONS”. Id. at 42-44. Its “Thinking Like a Film DIRECTOR” is an excerpt from the 412-page book, Show the Story, available through Trial Guides. Id. at 47.

Trial also reported notable cases in its “Verdicts & Settlements”. One for brain injuries involved governmental liability; the other, paralysis. Id. at 8.

In Trial’s “Officer’s Preferential Treatment of Drunk Motorist Leads to Crash,” a Connecticut jury awarded $12,200,000.00 to a motor vehicle accident victim of a drunk driver, who previously was driven home by friendly police officers instead of being arrested. Id. In its “Failure to Strap Wheelchair Onto Lift,” there was a $500,000.00 settlement where a South Carolina transport van operator failed to strap or guard the passenger’s wheelchair. Id.

Mr. Waterman has been a member of ATLA/AAJ for decades. His practice includes vehicle accidents, medical malpractice, and other cases of brain injury and wrongful death.