A witness statement is an important piece of evidence that can make or break a personal injury case. Writing a car accident witness statement can help the injured party get the settlement they deserve.
If you get into a car accident and witnesses are present, you can request them to make a witness statement. You may want the help of a lawyer to prepare yourself or any witnesses for making a strong witness statement.
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Importance of Witness Statements
Witness statements act as a third-party account of how the car accident occurred. A witness statement will help illustrate what happened and identify the liable party, making it easier for the injured party to get compensated.
If the liable party in a car accident does not have any insurance, a witness statement can help a victim make a claim with their own insurer. The statement is also important if the liable party’s insurance adjuster does not want to pay a victim’s claim. Insurance adjusters often conduct their own investigation of the accident. Having witness statements shows a victim’s side of events which can benefit their case.
Witness statements are also crucial if there is no police report, which is another vital form of evidence in a car accident case. Police reports contain important details about a car accident, so witness statements are even more useful if there is no police report. A witness statement may even serve as more powerful evidence than a police report.
Making a Witness Statement
An eyewitness should make their statement soon after if not immediately after a car accident. This helps ensure that any important details about the accident are not left out. The details that one should collect from eyewitnesses after a car accident are:
- Their full names
- Their email address
- The witnesses’ phone numbers
- Their home addresses
This information will help you contact the eyewitnesses after the car accident. You can learn how to write a car accident witness statement by analyzing sample witness statements. The best way to help eyewitnesses make a good witness statement is with the help of a lawyer, though.
After a car accident, you should take pictures or videos of the scene and the damage. These pictures and videos may complement the details of the witness statement. Eyewitnesses should sign their statements to confirm they have given factual details about the car accident.
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Describing a Car Accident
A car accident is a chaotic event, and as a witness, you may not be able to describe what happened clearly. You should focus on the simple things that happened before or during the accident. For instance, try to recall the exact time the accident occurred.
Some of the questions to help you remember the details of a car accident are:
- How did the involved parties act, and did they have any interaction with one another?
- Were you alone or were there other people around who witnessed the accident?
- Which vehicle was moving where and what positions were they in after the accident?
- What got your attention and your position regarding the accident?
You should also try to recall the location of the accident. You may also have to note whether there were instances of negligent driving behavior, such as speeding. Avoid making assumptions about the car accident. You must mention which details you are not certain about. This will prevent you from misleading the court.
You should also describe the damage caused by the car accidents and the injuries sustained by either party. Such details are important in helping the injured parties get compensated fairly. Focus on what you saw during and after the accident, and do not assume the cause of the accident.
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Holding Liable Parties Responsible
Liable parties often get away with causing a car accident due to insufficient evidence. This increases the risk of them causing another car accident. If you witness a car accident, it is important to make a statement. You can make a difference.
Your witness statement will get used as evidence against the liable party, leaving them no choice but to take responsibility for what they have done. Holding liable parties responsible also guarantees that the injured party gets justice.
If you find it challenging to write a witness statement, a lawyer can assist you. They can offer guidance to help you make an impact on a case.
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Being unsure of what you witnessed after a car accident is normal. But you shouldn’t let that fact stop you from making a witness statement that can significantly help an accident victim. Consider hiring a lawyer if you are a witness or have eyewitnesses to a car accident you were in. Legal help is invaluable. Our team can both help witnesses prepare useful statements and file claims for victims among other case tasks.
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