Direct Examination: Accident

 
Action for damages for personal injuries that allegedly occurred when D ran over P on June 1 while P was crossing the road. D's answer denies the allegations of the complaint and pleads contributory negligence. At trial the jury is sworn, counsel makes a brief opening statement, and P is called to the stand as plaintiff's first witness. The first question put to her is, "Where were you on June 1?" D objects. What ruling and why?

The next question is, "Did defendant drive his car into you on June 1?" D objects. What ruling and why?

Construct a direct examination of P that will avoid the mistakes plaintiff's attorney has made.

 



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