Please see the attached Invitation to register for a remote webinar entitled “Fender Benders and Side Impact Offenders” on June 18, 2020 beginning at 12:15 p.m. with a sponsor social followed by a 1 hour CLE presentation beginning at 12:30 p.m. Co-presenters are Jessica L. Isaacs, Ph.D., P.E. of PADC sponsor Exponent, and Warren Holland of Goldberg, Miller & Rubin. Complimentary 1 hour credit for PADC members. Non-members $25.00.

This presentation will provide an introduction to biomechanical analyses associated with minor vehicle impacts. Accident reconstruction and biomechanics are often used in tandem to answer questions regarding injury causation and evaluate alleged injuries or alleged events. Litigation areas where biomechanics and accident reconstruction in tandem have provided valuable information include: whether a particular low-energy incident could have caused the injuries claimed, and whether a particular injury pattern is consistent with a given accident scenario. The presentation will focus on rear-end impacts, which are the most common crash scenario in the United States, as well as side impacts, an area in which the author (Isaacs) has recently been published. Real-world examples will be discussed, and potential red flags for when accident reconstruction and/or biomechanics analyses may be helpful will be highlighted. A priority of the presentation will be to make the material accessible to an audience that includes members with non-technical backgrounds. The presentation will also offer strategies to defend cases involving rear-end and side impact accidents, and discuss common pitfalls encountered in those cases.

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