I am finding that witnesses accused of hurting someone can admit to what they are supposed to do in the same or similar circumstances. What they cannot admit to is that their conduct fell below acceptable standards in the event causing the injury. This creates a disconnect which really inflames the jury. What they don't realize is the truth can really set you free. If these folks would just admit to their wrong doing rather than following their lawyers silly advice to deny, deny , deny: 1. They would sleep better at night; and 2. Cases would be worth less money.
The message the jury sees is if the defendant cannot see the error of his ways, a defendant's verdict will amount to a reward to the defendant for condoned conduct. Conduct rewarded is conduct repeated. Therefore the jury increases the verdict to punish the defendant.
Juries in St. Louis County do not like liers or evasive witnesses. When a witness in a Personal injury case is evasive or lying:
That is ok with my client and me.