Importance of Witnesses in Auto Injury Lawsuits
As Baltimore, MD, personal injury lawyers, the legal staff at Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC, has the knowledge and training to handle a wide range of automobile, commercial trucking, public transportation and motorcycle-related injury accident cases. Whether a traffic accident occurs in Frederick, Annapolis, Bowie or Gaithersburg -- even the Washington, D.C., area -- our skilled attorneys are ready to help. We understand how a serious roadway collision can turn an accident victim’s world upside down -- physically, financially and emotionally.
For families of individuals who have been killed in a car or truck crash caused by a negligent driver, we offer our services to help the surviving family members find a way through the grief and carry on with their lives despite the potentially devastating financial burden that a fatal car crash can inflict. Wrongful death lawsuits can help a victim’s family pay for costs associated with their loved one’s death while recovering some or all of the future income lost when the victim was taken from his or her family.
Every day in Maryland, someone is hurt, killed or maimed in a more or less preventable auto accident. The professionals at Lebowitz & Mzhen know from experience that there is rarely any rhyme or reason to these sometimes tragic events; but one thing is clear, the victims must be compensated whenever it is found that carelessness, negligence or outright indifference has caused an injury-related or fatal traffic collision. Talking to a qualified legal expert in the area of auto injury and insurance law may be the most important step toward recovering damages wrought by another driver.
While it is very important to seek out a skilled personal injury attorney to represent you in court, having the law and the facts on your side can be just as vital to a successful personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit. A typical component of almost any injury case involving driver negligence are the eyewitness accounts that help to bolster the plaintiff’s arguments in the court. As experienced Maryland trial lawyers, we recommend finding witnesses who can provide supportive first-hand accounts of the incident.
A witness to a traffic accident that has injured you or a loved one can be one of the best sources of evidence when it comes to filing a personal injury claim. Getting a statement and contact information from an eyewitness is critical, but getting that witness in front of your attorney can be very indispensable in preparing one’s case against a negligent motorist. Our professional legal team is well versed in obtaining statements and affidavits from eyewitnesses of traffic accidents.
Because a roadway collision can occur literally in the blink of an eye, witnesses to the event can provide details about the way in which the vehicles involved were moving prior to the collision, as well as offer first-hand recollection of the force of the accident and the events preceding and immediately following the accident. Because of the vantage point that many witnesses have -- either standing on a street corner, stopped in traffic or walking through a parking lot -- the information they can provide may be priceless.
It is essential to get the names and phone numbers of those eyewitnesses before they leave the scene of the wreck. In situations where the crash has already happened, it is advisable to have your attorney contact the witness to get a complete statement. Lebowitz & Mzhen have enough familiarity with these kinds of traffic accident cases to know that speaking to Maryland automobile accident lawyer as soon as possible after a crash is critical to the success of a personal injury suit.
Because the injured person who files the lawsuit needs evidence to back up his or her claim, it is imperative to secure proof that he or she was not at fault in the collision. It is those eyewitness statements that allow the injured party to bolster his claim with supportive information and other facts for a strong personal injury case. Certainly, it has happened that injury lawsuits have been won or lost based on the strength of third-party testimony.
Having multiple witnesses can be very useful, but a skilled personal injury lawyer will be able to compare the individuals’ recollections and determine the ultimate usefulness of the witness statements. At Lebowitz & Mzhen, our legal staff looks for important information provided by witnesses regarding the position of the vehicles prior to and after the collision, the relative speeds of those vehicles and the direction in which they were traveling; even the weather conditions at the time of the crash can be extremely important to a plaintiff’s case.
When it comes to liability claims, a witness statement can be advantageous when trying to establish that the negligent party was fully responsible for the ensuing personal injury accident. In regard to the injuries sustained by a plaintiff, certain witnesses -- such as doctors, EMS personnel, or other medical professionals -- can attest to the severity or extent of the victim’s injuries caused by the car, truck or motorcycle accident.
Certainly, it is true that just as an eyewitness account can support a victim’s claim against a negligent driver, the converse is also possible; statements by unfavorable witnesses may hinder or derail a plaintiff’s claim. This is why it is always important to retain the services of an experienced auto accident lawyer skilled in personal injury and insurance law, and who also has years of trial experience. At Lebowitz & Mzhen, our attorneys sift through all the facts and witness statements to prepare a strong case. Many times, simply the strength of a personal injury lawsuit can result in an out-of-court settlement, which can spare the victim and his family the emotional stress of a full-blown courtroom trial.
As experienced auto and commercial trucking accident attorneys, we understand how a devastating traffic accident can make life very difficult for the victim and his family. At the law offices of Lebowitz & Mzhen, our goal is to help the victims of serious or fatal traffic wrecks recover damages and move on with their lives. Filing a personal injury or wrongful death claim is an important first step toward recovering the costs associated with such terrible events.
Whether a victim is laid up in a hospital room for weeks or months, or if a family has lost a loved one due to the negligent actions of another driver, we do recommend that you contact an experienced Maryland personal injury attorney to discuss the details of the case. Our auto, truck and motorcycle accident lawyers are prepared to answer your questions and explain your rights under the law. Please call us toll-free at (800) 654-1949, or email either Jack Lebowitz or Vadim Mzhen to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.