If you have been involved in a car accident and there were witnesses, it is essential that you get statements from them. There are many reasons that these statements can be so important and powerful. Keep reading to learn how and then contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.
Statements from Neutral Parties Offer Added Credibility
When the only people talking about a car accident are the ones who were involved in it, it can be hard for a judge or jury to believe them. After all, everyone has an agenda. When it comes to a third-party witness who does not know anyone involved, they are generally considered to be more credible because they do not have any reason to lie. Judges and juries typically trust their recollections.
Witness Statements Establish Fault
The main purpose of witness statements is to help establish who was at fault for the accident. They might have seen one party run a red light or someone talking on their cell phone at the time of the accident. The person they believe was at fault can then be more easily held accountable for their actions.
Witness Statements Can Fill in the Gaps of Information
It is all too common for people involved in the accident to have memory gaps. This can be caused by the trauma of the accident, or they might have been dealing with shock and adrenaline when the accident occurred, which can prevent memories from properly forming. In most cases, witnesses do not have emotional reactions to accidents and often have much clearer recollections of what occurred.
A Witness Might Have Heard Someone Confess
A lot of people have heard many times that they should never admit fault to the other driver in an accident. However, they might admit fault to a third-party witness. If that happens in your case, then the witness's testimony, not only to what they saw but that the at-fault party admitted they were at fault, can make or break your case.
Witness Statements Increase Your Chance of a Quick Settlement
Even if you do not go to court, a witness statement can be an essential part of a quick settlement. An insurance company’s interest in settling is dependent on how strong your case is. If they feel that you have a strong case with neutral, third-party statements, they are much less likely to take their chances in court and will instead settle for a fair amount.
Call an Attorney if You Have Been Involved in a Car Accident
Have you been injured in a car accident in California? If so, it is time to contact a personal injury attorney. You can reach out to The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.