James R. Davis
Posted - 03/29/2018 : 7:17 PM
For those of you who are interested, though I'm no longer able to ride, I continue to perform as a Motorcycle Safety and Dynamics expert witness.
Well, sometimes that is what I expect to be doing only to find out that some of the players in the legal system have no idea whatever about what's needed in their cases.
This year I was approached by the Department of Justice to become an expert witness in one of their cases. They represented the government as defendants against a $10,000,000 claim by a man who had lost a leg in a crash with a left-turning Postal Service truck.
Oddly, when they interviewed me they would not tell me anything about the case (not until after I was hired did I find out I was on the side of the Defense, though that was assumed). A large package of evidence was sent to me along with an almost impossibly short deadline to have a report prepared (by April 3rd and a list of questions to be used by the AUSA in a deposition on March 28th) along with requested assurances that I could travel to New York from Houston in early April for a deposition if needed.
I was three hours into reading the depositions before I called the Assistant US Attorney (AUSA) and told her that I wanted out of the case as I was simply the wrong expert for it.
There was no evidence that a motorcycle crash had occurred, neither the plaintiff nor the defendant ride motorcycles, and no claims were made that a motorcycle caused or was in any other way involved. I asked them how they thought my opinions or report or testimony could in any way help them with their case. They had no idea - "Perhaps you could do accident reconstruction work?" said a legal assistant.
Huh? I don't do that, either.
How did they happen to pick me for the work? Another AUSA that I had worked for in the past recommended me. Maybe because she was told no more about the case than I was.
Oh, what could possibly have been the mixup? The vehicle driven by the man who lost his leg was a Honda - a Civic.
A complete waste of time.
At 75 tears of age, I don't have a lot of time left to waste.