After a personal injury accident, you may wonder what to do next. In these cases, it is crucial to have the advice of a specialized lawyer who can help you determine how valid your case is and what the probabilities are that you can obtain compensation for damages.
Lawyers have all the necessary knowledge and experience to handle these legal processes. To decide if you have a strong case or not, they will need to find out if you have enough evidence to prove that the other party acted negligently.
One of the points that are considered when collecting evidence and that is of great importance is the witnesses. For this reason, when any type of accident occurs, it is essential to obtain the names and contact information of the people who may have witnessed the events. A witness statement can be the difference between winning a case or not.
The recounting of what happened through an impartial person can greatly help to establish responsibility and to make the insurer of the at-fault party want to reach an agreement.
It is very common for personal injury cases to be resolved out of court through an agreement that can be reached by the parties involved. However, in the event that you do have to go to court, the presence and statement of a witness will greatly influence a jury to determine that the other person was responsible for the accident.
The sooner you can have the support of an attorney, the more reliable the information that you present will be. A witness can be anyone who has observed what happened; it can be from a pedestrian, a passenger, other drivers, nearby workers, etc. Your lawyer will oversee contacting them to take their statements as soon as possible. Remember that the more time passes, the more their memory will be affected.
There are situations where witnesses can and decide to remain at the scene of the accident to give a statement to the police; however, they are not required to do so. For this reason, if they cannot wait for the police, you must obtain their information so that you can contact them later. Your attorney will help you with all the necessary documentation and guide you every step of the way.