Can I Have an Expert Testify About how my Bicycle Accident Occurred?
Most likely. Depending on the circumstances of your case, you can use professional expert testimony to advance the theories of your bicycle accident lawsuit and help prove the defendant’s fault.
An expert witness is defined as someone who has specialized knowledge of a material factual matter beyond that of an average person because of their education, training, or experience. Illinois courts have accepted engineers, bicycle designers, and even former bicycle racers to testify as experts in bike accident cases (Schaffner v. Chicago & North Western Transp. Co., 161 Ill. App. 3d 742 (Ill. App. Ct. 1987)). These experts are allowed to testify about the bicycle's safety features or other design aspects that may or may not have contributed to the accident.
In traffic accidents involving motor vehicles, an accident reconstruction specialist is often hired to describe to the court what happened at the scene. Medical expert witnesses are often employed to explain the nature and extent of the plaintiff’s injuries or disabilities. Economic experts are used to establish the value of the plaintiff’s case by estimating anticipated long-term expenses arising from the accident including medical costs and lost income.
Regardless of my Experts, What do I Have to do to Win my Bike Accident Case?
Expert testimony fits within a trial strategy geared toward incorporating all available resources. You must be able to clearly articulate to the court how you were injured, why the defendant was at fault, and why you are entitled to relief. In the pre-trial discovery process, you can obtain useful information and evidence from the opposing party. Finally, at trial, you explain your case to the judge or jury and respond to the defendant’s rebuttal arguments.
Want to Know More About Bicycle Accident Trials?
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers supports and guides you through all stages of an Illinois bicycle accident lawsuit. If you hire our bike accident law firm, we represent you on contingency so you don’t pay any bills until you receive a court-ordered monetary award or settlement. This includes the cost of hiring any expert witnesses to testify on your behalf.
There's no reason to wait. If you've been injured in an Illinois bicycle accident, contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers today.