The Mayhem Of Vehicular Autonomy In Accident Litigation

By Ulyana Bekker (November 2, 2017, 3:59 PM EDT) -- Despite the variety of colorful personalities, Facebook posts and deposition styles one comes across when litigating motor vehicle accidents, the process itself has become fairly streamlined. An adjuster makes plaintiffs counsel angry with an offer, they file suit, written discovery is exchanged, parties and witnesses are deposed, a physician advocating aqua therapy and future back surgery is disclosed and then, more often than not, the matter settles before it comes time to draft jury instructions. For most motor vehicle lawsuits, driver negligence petitions are fairly standard; the circuit courts of the city of St. Louis, St. Louis County, Greene County and St. Charles utilize pattern interrogatories to streamline discovery, and the medical treaters are often familiar faces, with aligning deposition fee schedules and echoing recommendations....

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