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Courts are reticent to allow the introduction of evidence pertaining to insurance coverage in accident cases. The reason is that unless it is somehow pertinent to the cause of the crash or extent of the injuries, it can be prejudicial to a jury. 

For example, if jurors know that a certain defendant has no insurance, they may decline to impose a significant award of damages to the plaintiff – knowing the defendant is going to have to come out-of-pocket for that expense. Similarly, if jurors had knowledge that a defendant had a sizable insurance policy, they may be inclined to impose a heftier damage award – because they know the insurance company can pay.

Courts prefer to simply take it out of the equation.

In the recent Maryland case of Perry v. Asphalt & Concrete Servs., Inc., a pedestrian was struck and severely injured by a dump truck wherein neither the driver nor the vehicle had the proper liability coverage. But was this fact admissible?  Continue reading →

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One of the most powerful tools an attorney has are words. Understanding their most efficient use comes with extensive knowledge and experience.

Failure to properly use them could result in negative consequences, ranging from reprimands to new trials.

Such was the case in Smith v. Hopper, an Arkansas Supreme Court case in which justices were divided over whether a defendant was entitled to a new trial after plaintiff’s lawyer misrepresented a certain fact to the jury during closing arguments.

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