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What Is An Expert Witness?

Expert witnesses give opinion evidence within their expertise and in addition evidence of facts.

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It does not matter whether you are claiming for insurance or filing a lawsuit, proving fault and liability in a car accident case depends essentially on the kind of evidence the injured party uses to prove injuries and claim damages with the help of an attorney. Our car accident attorneys explain that the two most common types of evidence used in car accident cases are the evidence collected at the accident scene and the evidence of the resulting damages.

Read more: Most Common Types of Car Accidents

Evidence from the accident scene includes:

  • Photographs
  • Police Reports
  • Contact information of the witnesses
  • Details of weather conditions
  • Medical bills
  • Car rental bills
  • Vehicle repair costs
  • wage statements from the absence of work

Apart from all this evidence, expert testimony is also used as an important source of evidence in car accident cases. There are various types of experts that can be used in a car accident case. The attorneys at Krasney Law will discuss a few different experts that can provide testimony in a car accident case.

What Are Some Common Types of Experts?

An expert is not required to testify in all car accident lawsuits, however, experts are helpful in some cases that are extensive or complex, involve multiple liable parties, and where liability is not clear. The help of an expert provides you with an expert opinion that helps explain the evidence.

Some of the most commonly used experts in car accident cases are:

  • medical professionals
  • accident scene re-constructionist
  • engineering professionals
  • economists
  • rehabilitation specialists

The goal of an expert is to explain to the audience and the jury the accuracy of the victim’s claims using their knowledge and expertise.

When the case involves physical, emotional or mental injuries doctors serve well as medical experts. They can help testify to how the accident resulted in your injuries. In cases, where the challenge is to prove liability, an engineer or accident re-constructionist may be useful. The re-constructionist uses the principles of physics to analyze the location of damage to the involved vehicles, the final resting position of the vehicles, and studies photographic evidence of road conditions or debris to provide a logical explanation of what could have caused the accident. Whatever the case, an expert opinion can help your case. Contact the personal injury lawyer at Krasney Law at (909) 380-7200 for a free consultation or any questions you may have!