In Baltimore residents' daily lives, individuals often have others take them at their word. Whether it is on the job or at home, it is vital that individuals trust each other and accept what a person says as true.
The legal system can function much differently, because individuals must have proof to back up their claims against another person in order for the accused to have legal liability in any given case. This is what a trial is about, after all, as a judge or jury hears all of the evidence and makes a determination about what really happened in an incident.
While this sounds pretty basic, it can be vital when it comes to a confusing situation like a car accident involving multiple vehicles. For instance, a Baltimore fire battalion chief was recently critically injured after his vehicle was struck while he was en route to respond to a fire. It was not clear how the accident occurred, but one man on the scene described how his daughter was driving the vehicle that collided with the fire official's SUV, and how she had not seen the SUV.
The car accident ultimately involved three vehicles, and four individuals were hurt in the crash. Officials are now investigating what happened, and will release a report upon completion of their investigation.
In cases like this, it is vital that injured individuals be able to effectively present the evidence that supports their theory of the case in a personal injury lawsuit. Direct evidence like witness testimony can be an essential part of this proof, as individuals with firsthand knowledge can describe how the accident took place and who appeared to be at fault.
Circumstantial evidence can also help establish liability, such as a reconstruction of how the vehicles were left after the accident and how an inference can be drawn from that evidence as to how the accident occurred. Accordingly, individuals should understand the importance of proving their claims, and how it is essential to gather and present as much evidence as possible if they want to succeed in a lawsuit.
Source: Baltimore Sun, "Baltimore fire battalion chief critically injured in three-car crash," Colin Campbell, May 5, 2014