Will a Witness Statement Help My Claim?
Many factors go into building a personal injury claim or legal case. Witness statements can help to strengthen claims in some circumstances. A witness account is beneficial because it provides insurance companies or judges with a third party viewpoint. Assuming the witness is a neutral party, their account could be a path to securing the damage recovery you deserve after a Florida car crash.
When possible, obtain accounts immediately after a car accident. If you did not collect names and contact information from pedestrians who witnessed the wreck, know that a witness account may still be obtainable. For example, there may be a local business near the crash site that saw the accident. Reach out to a Clearwater, Hudson, and Tampa car accident attorney to learn more ways to strengthen your personal injury claim.
If a Person Comes Forward, Accept Their Help
There are a lot of emotions experienced in the aftermath of a Florida car accident. After all, it may have been an extremely upsetting and injurious event. If a witness comes forward and offers to help, accident victims often wave them away, saying they are fine. Instead, ask them for their name and contact information. See if they would be willing to provide a statement of what they saw happen. You can even record this information on your phone if that is the easiest way to secure documentation.
After a car accident, see a doctor to assess your injuries and keep all of your documentation should a claim move forward.
Insurance Companies May Assert an Account Is Untrue
It is possible an insurance company adjuster or defense legal team member will claim a witness statement is not credible. This can happen in a variety of ways, including the following.
- A witness has their own reason for wanting a certain result of a dispute.
- The person has a history of supplying false information to insurance companies or law enforcement.
- Two conflicting accounts of the event were submitted by the individual.
- There is proof the witness was distracted during the event.
Conflicting accounts can also be part of dismissing witness statements when there are two or more witnesses. One witness may say one thing while another provides incompatible information. For example, if one witness says a car blew through a stop sign and another witness says they saw the car carefully stop at the stop sign, more documentation will be needed to establish truth. Possibly photos and police reports, for example.
If you have documentation and witness accounts in connection with your car accident injuries, share them with a car accident attorney. A seasoned legal professional has the knowledge to assess documentation and understand how it can impact a personal injury insurance claim or legal case.
Do you have the contact information of individuals who witnessed your Florida car accident? Witness accounts may secure the results you need, a settlement to cover medical care expenses, vehicle damages, and lost income. Talk to an experienced personal injury lawyer to understand your rights. The attorneys at Roman & Roman have over 100 years of combined experience. We serve clients in Clearwater, Hudson, and Tampa.