Why Witness Statements are Important After a Car Accident
Does a falling tree make a sound if no one is around to hear it? Does a car accident happen if there are no eyewitnesses? While the verdict is still out on the fallen tree, at Lewis & Feldman, we do know a thing or two about car accidents and witness statements.
After assuring everyone involved in the accident is stable, it is essential that you survey the area for any potential eyewitnesses. If you are able, approach them, and ask if they saw what happened and if they are able to describe it. If yes, collect their names and contact information. A good witness can, quite literally, make or break a case. Read below to learn more about why witness statements are so important.
Witnesses Can Prove What Happened.
In a personal injury case, your statement alone is, unfortunately, not always enough. Witness statements not only provide credibility to your side of the story but also demonstrate that the other party is at fault. However, human memory is flawed. It is ideal to collect any statements as soon as possible before important memories are forgotten or influenced by outside parties. The ideal and most credible witness is one who remembers
Witness Statements Can Encourage Settlement
After a car accident, we understand that the last thing you want to do while recovering is negotiating with your insurance company. However, eyewitness statements can potentially encourage the insurance company to settle and cut negotiations short. The statements are even more impactful if they come from a third-party individual not involved in the accident.
Witnesses Can Help You at Trial.
Rarely do personal injury cases go to court. However, if your case does go to court, eyewitnesses are an invaluable tool in defending your side. There are many ways that witness statements can be utilized, whether to refresh an individual’s memory, combat inconsistent statements or potential party admission.
The law office of Lewis & Feldman handles many different types of law, including car and truck accidents. If you find yourself in need of an attorney, reach out to Lewis & Feldman today by visiting www.alabamapersonalinjury.com or calling the offices at (205) 254-6060.