Quick Definition: The term witness in its strict legal sense, means one who gives evidence in a cause before a court of law, but has also been defined as one who has knowledge of a fact or occurrence sufficient to testify with respect to it, and an eyewitness has been defined as one who testifies to what he or she has seen.
An eye witness is someone who has personal knowledge of the facts and circumstances of the automobile collision or incident giving rise to the injury suffered by the claimant. These are typically Good Samaritans who provide their information after witnessing a collision or bystanders who observe a fall.
An expert witness is one who has superior knowledge to the average person when it comes to particular topic. Examples of expert witnesses include medical doctors, accident reconstructionist experts and forensic experts.
Character Witness (Before or After Witness)
A character witness attests to another moral and good reputation in a court of law. In personal injury cases it is more common to use Before/After Witnesses. A Before/After witness provides information on the impact the injuries had on a claimants life. These witnesses are typically family, friends and co-workers.
Preservation of Witness Statements/Testimony
In many claims liability is disputed. As a result, eyewitness testimony is often critical to a successful outcome. Witness statements can be preserved through affidavits, audio recordings and videoed statements. It is important to retain a legal professional soon as possible to ensure that all witness testimony and statements are properly preserved.
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