During a car accident case, expert witnesses may be highly valuable. They can testify on your behalf and help prove what happened and why you’ve been injured.
If you’ve been hurt in a car accident that was caused by another party’s negligent acts, consult an experienced Texas car accident lawyer at Begum Law Group. Our Law Giant can inform you of whether an expert witness is a good option for your case and ensure your rights are protected. Contact us at 866-523-4167 today.
What is an Expert Witness?
Essentially, an expert witness must have training, experience, and education that goes beyond what an average person would have. They may be hired to help a lawyer prove that you suffered an injury, a specific type of accident led to that injury, and your injuries have left you with economic and non-economic damages like medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
It’s important to understand, however, that an expert witness will serve as an objective third party. Therefore, they won’t focus on proving your case. Instead, they’ll provide you and your attorney with legal facts that may or may not support it.
Types of Expert Witnesses
There are a variety of expert witnesses that a lawyer may consult to assist with your case. A few examples of the most common types of expert witnesses include:
- Engineers: An engineer can testify that the vehicle involved in your accident was designed with defects that contributed to the incident. The flaw may be a manufacturing or design flaw that isn’t obvious to the average person. An engineer may also show that a vehicle was poorly maintained and was malfunctioning due to the poor maintenance.
- Accident reconstruction specialists: An accident reconstruction specialist uses physical and testimonial evidence to reconstruct the accident scene and figure out exactly what happened via advanced software programs. They can uncover vehicle speed, crash force, vehicle visibility, and other accident-related details. You can count on them to show the severity of your accident and connect it to your injuries.
- Economists: With an economist, a lawyer can properly calculate the damages that you may incurred. An economist can analyze your lost wages, benefits, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and more.
- Medical professionals: If your car accident led to serious injuries that impact your current life and future, a doctor, nurse practitioner, or another medical professional may be hired as an expert witness. They can carefully evaluate your medical records and testify about your condition in an objective manner.
Expert Witness vs. Regular Witness
A regular witness can be just about anyone who saw your car accident occur. Maybe they were a pedestrian walking down the street when your crash happened right before their eyes. Or, maybe they were in a passenger in a nearby car that saw it. They can provide factual testimony about the events that went on and contributed to your accident.
An expert witness differs from a regular witness because they have specialized knowledge and experience that a regular witness does not have. While they didn’t see the accident occur like the regular witness, they can use their expertise to prove or disprove facts related to it.
Injured in a Car Accident? Call Begum Law Group
While expert witnesses aren’t always necessary, there are many cases where they are useful. If your case is more complex, you can count on Begum Law Group to reach out to our network of expert witnesses on your behalf. Contact us at 866-523-4167 today if you have been hurt in a car accident and are seeking skilled legal representation.