What Is Witness Testimony in a Car Accident Injury Claim?

Alongside physical evidence, witness testimony is one of the most important pieces of proof that you may collect for your car accident injury claim. Continue reading to learn more about the importance of witness testimony and how an experienced Riverview, Florida car accident lawyer at The Frank Santini Law Firm can guide you through your claim proceedings.

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What is an example of a witness?

A witness can essentially be anyone who was present at the time of your car accident but was not a contributor to it.

So, this can be a store owner on the same street who was looking out the window when your accident occurred. Or, this can be an individual walking their dog on the same street, or riding their bike on the street’s bike lane. This can even be one of the passengers in a vehicle that was involved in your accident.

What is the importance of witness testimony for my car accident injury claim?

Perhaps your car accident happened so quickly that you are unable to recall all of its events. Or perhaps the at-fault party is intentionally withholding the truth from their statement to the police officer, insurance adjuster, or court because they do not want to be held liable.

Regardless of what your situation may be, having a present witness to your accident may come in handy. This is because they can offer an unbias, third-party perspective to the police officer, insurance adjuster, or court that will be considered. And if their testimony falls in your favor, your weight of evidence just becomes that much more significant.

Why should I contact a witness as soon as possible?

First of all, you should collect a witness’ contact information while you are still at the scene of the accident. This may include their full name, phone number, email address, residential address, etc. Obviously, you must do so with their consent.

Then, you should contact them so that they can provide testimony as soon as possible. You will want to act fast for the following reasons:

  • You will want the witness to provide their testimony while your accident is still fresh in their memory.
  • You will want the witness to provide their testimony before the other party’s insurance adjuster may contact them and intimidate them.
  • You will want the witness to provide their testimony before Florida’s statute of limitations of four years from the date of your accident so that you can bring your claim forward in time.

For these reasons, and many more, it is best that you retain the services of a skilled Riverview personal injury lawyer today.