If you are involved in a car accident, and your statement varies greatly from that of the other party, then you may have to bring in an accident reconstruction expert to assign fault. Or, a much simpler solution may be to obtain witness testimonies. Follow along to find out how witnesses can contribute to a car accident injury claim and how a proficient Panama City car accident attorney at Manual & Thompson, PA can help you in obtaining them.
How can witnesses help my car accident injury claim?
Understandably, your car accident may have happened so quickly that you were unable to process the full extent of it. But this, on top of the other party potentially not telling the truth, may place you in an unideal situation when it comes to providing a statement for your insurance claim. This is where the help of a witness can come in handy.
In addition to physical evidence, car accident injury claims heavily rely on witness testimony to determine who or what caused an accident. With that being said, witnesses can help in the following ways:
- A witness may lend credibility to your description of the accident to an insurance adjuster, police officer, or jury.
- A witness may lend credibility to your description of your injuries and damages to an insurance adjuster, police officer, or jury.
- A witness may assign fault for your accident to the other driver.
- A witness may assign fault for your accident to the city (i.e., insufficient lighting, signals, signs, etc).
How can I obtain witness contact information?
Though you may be overwhelmed immediately after your accident, you must take the time to collect a sufficient amount of evidence for your car accident injury claim. As far as witness contact information goes, you should obtain the following:
- A witness’ full name.
- A witness’ phone number.
- A witness’ email address.
- A witness’ residential address.
- A copy of a witness’ written statement.
- A recording of a witness’ verbal statement.
Alongside this, you must fulfill your burden of proof and collect the following:
- The contact information of the other drivers involved in your accident.
- A copy of the official police report conducted at the scene of the accident.
- Photos and videos of your injuries, car damages, any contributory hazards to your accident, and the overall scene of the accident.
- Copies of your medical documents that state the date, time, and seriousness of your injuries.
- Copies of your medical bills that state the cost of your required treatments.
If you require assistance with obtaining this information, then you must not hesitate in retaining the services of one of the talented Panama City auto accident attorneys. Give our firm a call today.