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Free Webinar - Scientific Methods to Evaluate a Driver’s Response - Dr Jeffrey Muttart

  • 3 Feb 2022
  • 14:00
  • Online, via Zoom


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The Institute will be presenting the next one hour webinar for the membership [and guests] on Thursday 3rd February 2022 at 14:00 GMT. [please ignore any error in the automated emails where the time might be shown as being in a different zone

This webinar will be presented by Dr Jeffrey Muttart, who is extremely well known in the field of driver, rider and pedestrian responses and related human factors and reconstruction methods.

The Law Commission for expert evidence in criminal and civil proceedings in England and Wales offered recommendations for minimum requirements for expert witnesses.  The Commission listed four rules:

To provide

  1. Assistance to the court 
  2. Expertise of the person offering the evidence
  3. Impartiality
  4. Evidentiary reliability

The Commission also listed three recommendations - that the expert use:

  1. An accepted method
  2. Apply that method to the facts of the case
  3. Offer scientific certainty

All of the above also align with the directions of the Forensic Science Regulator.

Adhering to these recommendations, in this presentation, Dr Muttart will discuss accepted methods used when evaluating a driver's response before a crash.  Jeff will also discuss how decades of research offer us a baseline of behaviours that show how drivers responded based upon when the emergency response event was triggered, and what type of crash scenario the driver faced.

Lastly, those who do not adhere to an accepted method, or fail to apply the research properly to the facts of the case have exposed themselves to adverse court rulings.  Thus, following an accepted method and utilising the decades of peer reviewed research has been the accepted approach since the start of scientific research.

You also might like to attend Advanced Analysis of Drivers’ Responses (Human Factors in Traffic Crashes) course run by Jeff and ITAI, details can be found on our web site https://www.itai.org/event-4624254.

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