After an Auto Accident, is it Okay to Approach a Witness?
Witnesses in auto accident claims can provide valuable testimony in your case. Ged Lawyers, LLP explains how to approach them and the type of information required.
When an auto accident happens due to the reckless actions of other motorists involved, you have the right to file a claim for any personal injuries or property damages you suffered as a result. Proving the other driver was at fault is key to getting the compensation you deserve. Witness statements can play a valuable role in this process.
Obtaining Information Regarding Auto Accident Witnesses
In the immediate aftermath of a car accident, the actions you take can have a major impact on your claim. The Florida Statutes requires drivers to take financial responsibility for crashes and collisions in which they are to blame. In addition to reporting the accident and obtaining medical attention for your injuries, getting the names and contact information of witnesses at the scene plays an important role in protecting your rights to compensation.
If possible, look around the accident scene for anyone who may have witnessed what happened. While the police will likely get some information from them, protect yourself by jotting down a few details as well. This includes:
- Their full name;
- Their address and phone number;
- Their exact location at the time of the accident;
- A summary of what they saw or heard when it happened;
- Any additional details they may have noticed in the aftermath.
The above information is vitally important, but the severity of your injuries or other circumstances may prevent you from obtaining it yourself. You can have someone else approach witnesses at the scene on your behalf. If witnesses prove reluctant or uncooperative, obtain whatever information you can and our Boca Raton auto accident attorneys can handle the rest.
Questioning Auto Accident Witnesses
In the weeks following your auto accident, it is important to consult with an experienced attorney. Witness statements are important in your case, but you want to be sure and ask the right questions, without putting words into their mouths or allowing for any bias. You also need to ensure any statements given are admissible in legal proceedings. Rather than approaching them yourself, our legal team can take action in obtaining their statements. Depending on the circumstances, this may include:
- Conducting interrogatories, which are a list of questions the witness must answer;
- Obtaining a deposition, which involves sworn statements given before a court reporter;
- Issuing a subpoena requiring them to appear and testify before the Palm Beach County Court.
Witness testimony may contradict your version of events or otherwise jeopardize your claim. In this case, we can provide evidence to invalidate their testimony and make legal arguments to have it dismissed.
Schedule a Consultation with Our Boca Raton Auto Accident Attorneys
You have only one chance to get the compensation you are entitled to after an auto accident. To ensure you get the maximum amount you need to recover, get Ged Lawyers, LLP. on your side. To schedule a consultation, contact our Boca Raton auto accident attorneys today.