There are steps to follow after an auto accident to ensure you can recover the financial compensation you are entitled to receive to cover medical costs, recoup lost wages and pay for your pain and suffering. The Chicago auto injury attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC know that obtaining witness statements, police reports and medical records, and taking photos at the scene of the accident are essential to build a strong case and successfully resolve your lawsuit at trial or when negotiating a settlement.
The Value of Eyewitness Testimony in Established Liability & Damages in Auto Accident Cases
Your personal injury lawyer can use witness testimony numerous ways to prove liability in an accident and to defend you against any counterclaims. 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 without their statement, you may 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 also be used against you. So, it is crucial to know how others at the scene saw the events unfold. When witnesses give conflicting accounts of the events, your attorney needs to be aware of the alternate memory to better prepare a defense should the testimony be given in court or at a deposition. Your attorney may be able to find other witnesses who can corroborate your claim and dismiss any counterclaims. Many accident victims choose to collect contact information only 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 capable. If you are unable to take some of 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 at the scene who 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 on your behalf to obtain their statements at a later time. Your attorneys 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 expert 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 receive and the other professionals we use can establish the value of expenses you may need to incur well into the future.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC has provided award-winning legal services to thousands of car, truck, and motorcycle accident victims. Our law firm has all of the necessary resources you will need to secure the maximum amount of financial compensation you deserve. 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, experienced Chicago auto accident attorneys. Our lawyers will gather all the pertinent 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 monetary compensation on your behalf.