Witnesses are very important in a car accident case. Witnesses aren’t just people who saw the accident happen; they can include financial experts, healthcare professionals, and accident reconstruction specialists. Each of these parties offers vital information that could help an injured person build a car accident case.
Witnesses in a Car Accident Can Offer Important Information Following a Crash
If you partner with a personal injury lawyer, they can connect with witnesses that could bolster your claim or lawsuit. These witnesses may include:
- Passengers. You may have had passengers in your vehicle when the collision happened. We can use their testimony to validate certain aspects of your story.
- Eyewitnesses (or bystanders). People who saw the accident happen can offer vital information, including the collision’s exact time and date. They can also give information about a car’s make and model if the driver fled the scene.
- Healthcare providers. When pursuing compensation, you need to show the insurance company that you suffered serious injuries. By having testimony from healthcare providers, you can demonstrate the severity of your condition and the treatment you required.
- Financial experts. Your lawyer may work with financial experts to learn about your economic and non-economic losses. Their calculations can account for inflation, loss of future income, and other factors.
- Accident reconstruction experts. These professionals use a combination of physics, math, and software to determine how certain collisions happen.
- First responders. Your lawyer may consult with paramedics who rendered care at the accident scene. They may also get statements from law enforcement officials and firefighters, if they came to the collision scene.
- Mental health professionals. Pain, suffering, and mental anguish could comprise a sizeable portion of your car accident claim. Testimony from your therapy could reveal valuable information about your mental state moving forward.
- Physical therapists. You may have worked with a physical therapist following the collision. If so, we can use their testimony to support the cause of your accident, the severity of your condition, and your mobility.
Your lawyer may consult with other professionals than those listed here.
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Witnesses Can Offer This Information After a Car Accident
When your lawyer interviews witnesses, whether eyewitnesses or professionals, they hope to get this information:
- How the accident happened
- What happened when first responders came
- How seriously you were injured
- What losses you’ve incurred (and will continue to incur in the future)
- Any statements the at-fault party made at the accident scene
The more information your lawyer has to bolster your case, the stronger it could be.
Witness Testimony Strengthens Just One Part of Your Claim
Your lawyer needs more than witness testimony to support your claim or lawsuit. They may also use:
- The police report
- Accident reconstruction data
- Photos and videos of the accident scene
- Your invoices and bills
- Traffic camera footage
- Forensic evidence
- Black box data
- Your medical records
With the information your lawyer finds, they intend to show that because another party’s actions caused your accident, they should pay for your losses. If successful, the liable party could pay for your medical bills, lost income, and other injury-related expenses.
Other Considerations After Your Car Accident
If possible, after your accident, you should write down the names and contact information of anyone who saw the collision happen. These witnesses can offer valuable information about your case later on. Additionally, you should:
Get a Medical Evaluation
Seeking medical attention after a serious car accident can save your life. Adrenaline after a collision can mask any symptoms you may have. Seeking medical care allows you to reach maximum medical improvement and gather evidence to support your case.
Report the Accident to Your Insurer
You should notify your insurer of the collision, even if you’re not at fault. This creates a paper trail of your case and connects your injury to the collision.
Contact a Maryland Car Accident Attorney
After a car accident, you should consider consulting a personal injury lawyer. They can do more than find evidence to support your claim; they can also interview witnesses and use their statements to pursue damages. A lawyer can also:
- Negotiate a settlement
- File your claim or lawsuit
- Gather additional evidence to supplement your case
- Prove fault and liability
- Abide by all filing deadlines (including the statute of limitations)
- Determine the extent of your losses
Many law firms operate on a contingency-fee basis. This means you can secure legal help without paying upfront fees or costs.
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Connect With the Law Offices of Adam M. Smallow to Learn More
Witnesses are very important in the aftermath of a car accident. The information they share about your accident’s cause, your physical condition, and other aspects of your situation play a vital role in pursuing damages.
If you’re concerned about your next steps after a car accident, consult with the Law Offices of Adam M. Smallow. We offer free case reviews where you can explore your options at no obligation. Call now to get started.