Reconstructing an automobile accident as evidence



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RECONSTRUCTING AN AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENT AS EVIDENCE




Identifying the Witness





  1. Please state your name and address.

  2. What is your occupation/profession?

  3. Who is your employer?

  4. How long have you been employed by __________ (name of agency/company).

  5. Were you so employed on _________________?

  6. Have you attended any special schools connected with you work? (Accident Reconstruction)

  7. Will you please name some of the specialized schools?

  8. When did you attend these schools?

  9. Where did you attend these schools?

  10. How long did you attend?

  11. What did the training consist of?

  12. Were you tested in any manner to determine the degree of proficiency in the area?

  13. Did you successfully complete this course of instruction?

  14. Were you issued a certificate, diploma, or other evidence of such completion?

  15. Since the completion of your training, have you had occasion to investigate accidents/collisions concerning automobiles?

  16. Approximately how many times?

  17. Have you testified previously in court concerning automobile accident reconstruction?

  18. Approximately how many times?

YOUR HONOR, THE STATE MOVES THAT ______________(name of witness) BE DECLARED AS AN EXPERT IN THE FIELD OF AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENT RECONSTRUCTION.



Identifying the Physical Facts





  1. Did you have occasion to investigate a crash that occurred on ______________ at ___________________ location?

  2. What did you observe when you arrived on the scene?

  3. How many vehicles were involved in the accident?

  4. What was the location of these vehicles?

  5. What was the angle of these vehicles?

  6. Did you observe any physical evidence indicating the direction of travel of these vehicles?

    1. Body parts (strewn or attached)

    2. Other physical evidence, such as: torn trees, signposts or fences.

  7. Did you observe any skidmarks?

  8. As a result of your investigation, as you have related through your testimony, were you able to form an expert opinion as to the:

    1. Speed of the vehicle?

    2. Direction of the vehicles?

    3. Which vehicle was at fault (civil infraction)?


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