When an accident happens, it’s important to get first aid and attend to your health first. The second thing you should do is gather the names and contact information of any potential witnesses. After the police reports have been filed, it might be time to determine your next steps. When those next steps involve a lawsuit or other action, gathering witness statements is key to building your case. In today’s post, we’ll explore three reasons to have witness statements.
Witnesses Provide Proof of What Happened
In the aftermath of an accident, your memory of the events may be distorted or missing. Witness statements are a type of evidence that can be used by the prosecution or the defense to establish more clearly how and when events occurred. While anyone riding with you at the time of the accident may have a detailed account of what happened, those bystanders who have no stake in the case are considered the most credible. Finding and interviewing those third-party individuals can make the difference between winning and losing your case.
Statements Can Lead to Faster Resolutions
When witness statements are used in a case, the weight of the information can motivate the parties involved to move towards settlement faster. This is because witness statements that are credible can be particularly helpful or damaging to the side at fault. In some cases, it’s possible that settling out of court will save the at-fault party time, money, and the risk of other losses.
Consistent Statements Are the Best Evidence
Finally, witness statements can lend a lot of weight to the claims when referenced directly in court. One thing that goes against a client’s claim more than anything else is time. In the legal system, there can be lengthy delays before a case reaches a courtroom. Witness statements can be used to refresh the memories of those who gave them. Additionally, having a copy of witness statements can allow attorneys on both sides of the case to build arguments and counterarguments with greater detail ahead of time.
How Can We Help?
Gathering witness statements can be a time-consuming and tedious process. If you are in an accident, don’t talk to anyone without speaking to your attorney–not even your insurance company. Any statement that you make can be used against you. Once you’ve secured counsel, find the perfect team to help you gather statements and evidence.
The folks at All Private Investigations, LLC are ready to help you gather your witness statements. We’re here to help you move forward. Call us at (631) 759-1414 or use the contact form to schedule your free consultation today.