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Do You Need an Expert Witness for Your Car Accident Case?

June 3, 2021 By John Torgenson

Benefits of an Expert Witness After an Accident

If you or a loved one have been injured in a vehicle accident caused by the careless or negligent actions of another driver, you are likely entitled to various types of compensation. However, securing this compensation is not always easy. In fact, aggressive insurance carriers can make this process seem downright impossible.

For complicated car accident cases, it may be necessary for expert witnesses to become involved in the case. Here, our Phoenix car accident attorneys want to discuss how expert witnesses are used in the aftermath of a car accident case, particularly when it comes to helping an injury victim secure the compensation they need from an at-fault party.

Insurance Carriers Often put up a Fight

Even though the vast majority of car accident claims are resolved through settlements with insurance carriers, it is not uncommon for insurance carriers to put up a fight when it comes to paying out the compensation that victims deserve. This could be because the personal injury damages are relatively large or because fault is not entirely clear. In some cases, it may be necessary for an injury victim to file a personal injury lawsuit against the alleged negligent party.

Different Types of Expert Witnesses

Expert witnesses are regularly used in car accident cases. These are experts that can come into a case and provide information that typically lies outside of the realm of general knowledge for those involved, including jury members, judges, insurance carriers, attorneys, etc. There are various types of expert witnesses that may be brought in to assist with multiple aspects of the case. This can include, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Accident reconstruction experts
  • Highway or bridge safety experts
  • Architectural or engineering experts
  • Vehicle safety experts
  • Defective product experts

The goal of the expert witnesses that we just listed will be to help attorneys, jury members, the judge, and insurance carriers have a better understanding of fault in the case. Not all car accident cases are cut and dry, and when liability cannot be determined, it can significantly complicate the ability of those involved to recover the compensation they need. Accordingly, your Arizona injury lawyers will retain an experts services in order to provide clarity regarding the at-fault driver’s liability and/or fault in your personal injury case.

There are also times when expert witnesses may be used to help determine how much, if any, compensation should be awarded to a car accident victim. Sometimes, there is no dispute over liability for a claim. However, insurance carriers or the at-fault party could dispute the total amount of money the victim is asking for. Even an injury victim’s total medical bills are often challenged as “unreasonable” or “unnecessary.” When this happens, various experts may be brought in to help determine a reasonable and accurate damages amount. Some of the types of expert witnesses used in these situations could include the following:

  • Economic and financial experts
  • Medical experts
  • Mental health experts

These expert witnesses are able to testify regarding the financial, mental, and emotional impact the crash had on the personal injury victim. A jury and others involved in the personal injury claim can utilize their report to properly value an injury victim’s total personal injury damages.

Working With an Attorney After a Car Accident

Of course, hiring an expert is not cheap. At Torgenson Law, our car accident lawyers are always direct with our clients regarding the costs and fees related to their case, and we are also willing to do what it takes to achieve resolution and closure for our clients. If you or somebody you care about has been injured in a car accident caused by the careless or negligent actions of another person, you need to speak to an attorney as soon as possible. Determining liability and the proper compensation amounts is a difficult process, and accident victims often lack the resources to properly advocate on their own behalf. A personal injury attorney can use their resources and legal expertise to help accident victims get through this entire process. An attorney will investigate every aspect of the claim, work with trusted medical and economic experts, and negotiate with all parties involved.

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John Torgenson

After high school, John attended the University of Utah, graduating in 2001. John then attended his dream school, Notre Dame Law School, where he graduated, with honors, in 2004. John is licensed to fight in court for real people in the State of Arizona, the United States Federal District Court of Arizona, and the 9th Federal Circuit Court of Appeals.

Before establishing what is now Torgenson Law, John practiced in the litigation group at Fennemore Craig, the oldest law firm in Arizona, and one of the largest firms in the Southwest. Having practiced at Fennemore Craig in both the defense and plaintiff’s practice areas gives John a complete perspective of the litigation process, and valuable insight into how to efficiently and effectively advance his clients’ interests. His unique and balanced background enhances his credibility with defense lawyers, insurers, and defendants as well as with judges and arbitrators.