An expert witness can be used by both the plaintiff and the defendant in a court case. Expert witnesses provide independent opinions based on their expertise, education, and experience. If your attorney calls on an expert witness, this person will help prove the facts of your case.
Types of Expert Witnesses
There are many different types of expert witnesses, but for a car accident lawsuit, the four primary types of expert witnesses include:
- Accident reconstructionists. These experts can examine the evidence available from the crash to better understand the details of what happened. Unlike eyewitnesses or those involved, they are objective in their assessment of the accident.
- Highway safety experts. These experts are often engineers who specialize in vehicle transportation infrastructure. They can testify about regulations, highway safety, and road conditions at the time of the crash.
- Medical experts. Your medical records will be an important piece of evidence in building your case, but insurance companies may argue that your physician’s opinion is biased. A medical expert can testify objectively about your prognosis, treatment, and recovery. These witnesses can include doctors and healthcare economists.
- Economists and financial experts. There are many costs involved after an accident, and not all of them are simple to understand. Financial experts can make calculations to assess the true amount of damages you might be owed.
The testimony of an expert witness can often make or break a complicated personal injury case. Your attorney will seek an expert witness who can understand the complexities of your case and explain these in easy-to-understand terms.
Contact an Experienced Vehicle Accident Attorney
We retain experts to perform accident reconstruction and provide other objective opinions when needed to help determine liability in your case. Find out more about our expert witnesses and other tools we use to help ensure you get the appropriate compensation. Contact the vehicle accident attorneys of Kearney, Freeman, Fogarty & Joshi, PLLC by using the form on this page.