When you are involved in a personal injury accident, it’s your duty to prove that the other side is at fault. You will need to gather evidence to prove the other party was responsible for your injuries. How you proceed with doing this depends highly on the special circumstances surrounding the case.
One of the most effective ways of building your case is employing witness statements. So, how exactly can a witness help your case? A witness is a person who saw, heard, or otherwise experienced a certain aspect of your case. Even if you understand how important witnesses are, it’s crucial to use them effectively to present a strong case. Here are some tips for dealing with witnesses in your personal injury case.
How to Find Witnesses
The first step to gathering effective witnesses in your case is by knowing how to find them. The best way to do this is by obtaining any witness information that you can at the scene of the accident. If the witnesses agree to help you, you can ask them to tell you (or your attorney) their version of events. Take detailed notes of any witness interaction that you can at the scene of the crash so you and/or your attorney can refer back to them at a later time.
If you fail to obtain witness information at the scene of the crash, you can always return to the scene at a later date. There may be shop owners or location regulars that could have witnessed any driver’s negligence or unsafe road conditions that directly contributed to your crash. Additionally, they may be able to point you in the right direction regarding other individuals who may have witnessed the crash. If you receive a witness name(s), you can always turn to social media to search for the individual who may be able to help you.
Steps to Take Upon Finding Your Witnesses
As soon as you’ve located your witness(es), you should get them to make a statement as soon as possible. Memories can quickly become convoluted, so the sooner you receive a statement, the more accurate the statement is likely to be. Remember, request their name, address, phone number, and email address as this information will be used by your lawyer in building a strong case.
Deciding Whether or Not to Use a Witness
Knowing whether or not to use a witness in your personal injury case can be a tough one. A witness who is nice and cooperative can still harm your case, just as a witness that is absolutely rude can still help your case.
When deciding whether or not to use a witness, you need to evaluate the facts. First, evaluate their ability to effectively communicate their story competently and effectively. Decide whether or not they will make a good fit should they make an appearance in trial. Are they trustworthy? Are they likable? Are they believable? Facts aside, these factors still hold significant weight.
Hiring An Attorney
An attorney can help you decide whether or not you should use witness testimony, and they can help you build the strongest case possible. Regardless of whether or not you were able to track down your witnesses, gather their statements, or make informed decisions regarding who you should call at trial, an experienced lawyer can put their knowledge to work to help you make the best possible decisions.
If you or a loved one has fallen victim to an accident injury in the Las Vegas area and are in question over whether or not you should hire a personal injury attorney, please call The Injury Firm for a free, no-obligation case review. If we cannot help you, we will point you in the best direction for your recovery. Call (702) 800-0988 today to speak with Attorney, Brian M. Boyer.