There are many actions you can take following an auto accident that can help ensure you have the ability to recover the compensation you are entitled to for the repayment of medical costs and the value of your lost wages and pain and suffering. The Chicago auto injury attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers cannot stress the value of witness statements enough, however. Most accident victims focus on other forms of evidence such as photos, police reports and medical records, and while these are all important when building a case, witness statements are the best way to ensure that your case doesn’t rest upon your word against another person’s.
The Value of Eyewitness Testimony in Established Liability & Damages in Auto Accident Cases
Your personal injury lawyer can use witness testimony in a number of ways to prove liability in an accident and to defend you against any counter claims. Our Chicago auto accident lawyers can use the information provided by witnesses to aid us in accident reconstruction, determining whether multiple parties were at fault and providing insight into where to direct our investigation. The information we glean from witnesses can also help an accident reconstruction expert by providing an overview of events as they occurred.
An eyewitness may also possess information and insight that you lack, simply because he or she had a view of the event from a different vantage point. The failure to gather contact information from credible witnesses can make it more difficult to build your case and you will never know whether a small detail provided by a witness could be the foundation of a winning argument in court.
Having Multiple Witnesses Offers Defensive Options
Witness testimony can be used against you as well and it is important to know how others at the scene saw the events unfold. When witnesses have conflicting accounts of the events, your attorney should be aware of the conflict so that he or she may prepare a defense and find other testimony that can be used to corroborate your claim and dismiss any counterclaims. Many accident victims choose only to collect contact information from favorable witnesses, but allowing your attorney to interview as many witnesses as possible will allow your legal team to work more effectively.
What to Do Following an Auto Accident Involving Injuries
If you have been in a car, truck or motorcycle accident, it is important that you do all of the following if you are physically able to do so. If you are unable to take these actions, have another person do so on your behalf. It could make a significant difference in the outcome of any claim you file.
- Seek and accept medical treatment for any injuries that you have. You should submit to a medical evaluation even if you feel fine, as some injuries don’t present symptoms right away.
- Take pictures of the scene of the accident, your vehicle and other vehicles involved in the accident.
- Collect the names and contact information of the other drivers involved in the accident and as many witnesses on the scene that are willing to provide their information. You do not need to obtain statements from these individuals on your own. Our Chicago auto accident lawyers can contact them to obtain their statements at a later time and will know which questions to ask and what details to record.
- Keep all records related to your accident, including the police report, ambulance report, hospital admission and discharge papers and all medical records.
How Testimony from Professionals Can Benefit Your Case
In addition to the testimony we gather from eyewitnesses, our attorneys depend on the professional testimony of doctors, economists, social workers and accident reconstruction specialists in order to support a wide array of claims. Establishing who was at fault for the accident is the most important argument, but insurance companies will try to devalue your case by claiming certain forms of medical treatment are unnecessary or disputing the long term cost of your care. Medical experts can support the need for the treatment you have received and the other professionals we have access to can establish the value of expenses you may need to incur well into the future.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers has provided award winning legal services to thousands of car, truck and motorcycle accident victims and has all of the resources you need to ensure the maximum chance of recovering the financial compensation you are entitled to. We also have access to an extensive network of medical professionals who can provide the treatment you need to recover from your physical injuries in the most prompt and effective manner.
To learn more about your legal options, contact us today to arrange a risk-free consultation with one of our qualified and experienced Chicago auto accident attorneys and we will gather all of the information we need to evaluate your case and answer any questions you have about the legal process and how we can help you. Since we work on a contingency fee basis, our services are offered without any obligation and we will only accept payment after we have secured compensation on your behalf.