The Importance of Eyewitnesses in Mississippi Car Accident Cases
Car accidents can happen in the blink of the eye. No matter how well you’re paying attention to the road, it can be difficult to understand or recall what happened if the other driver literally came out of nowhere and struck you. In some cases, drivers lose consciousness or suffer memory problems after an accident. Also, as the weeks pass following an accident, your memory may tend to fade away. That’s why it’s so important to have impartial witnesses provide statements about the accident.
How to Get Witness Statements
Most accidents occur on busy roadways where there are many other motorists or pedestrians around. And if an accident occurs, many of these people will often stop to see if everyone is OK. Once you have spoken with the motorist who hit you and exchanged information, you should speak with some of the people who were observing the situation and ask them what they saw.
Remember to be polite to these witnesses, as they may be of great importance later. If they tell you they saw something that you believe is similar to what occurred, write down their name, address, phone number, email address and any other information that may be useful in contacting them later. Keep this information in a safe place or save it to a cloud storage provider so it is unlikely to be lost.
Ask the witnesses to stick around until the police officers arrive at the scene and then encourage the officers to speak with the witnesses while they prepare the accident report.
Later, when you have retained an attorney to represent you to recover damages for the car accident, give this information to your attorney. Your attorney may contact these witnesses and get statements from them about what they saw at the time of the accident. This information alone is not admissible at trial, but based on what a witness says, it may help in settling a case. If the case appears to be headed for trial, the witness may need to meet with attorneys from both sides for a deposition, and eventually testify before a jury.
Why You Need Eyewitness Testimony
First responders such as police officers and firefighters are more neutral than the plaintiff or defendant when they testify, but usually can only testify to what they saw after an accident took place. Eyewitnesses to an accident usually have no prior connection to the parties or interest in the outcome of the case. If they were in a spot that allowed them to see most or all of what occurred, this is the testimony that will likely most impact a jury, or persuade a defendant to settle.
Contact Us For Help With Your Case
Following most car accidents, there’s going to be a dispute about what exactly happened and who is at fault. When the person who hit you comes up with a story completely different from what actually happened, a neutral eyewitness can make or break your case, and an experienced personal injury attorney can help you find those witnesses and collect their statements. If you’ve been involved in a car accident in the Biloxi area, contact The Law Offices of Judy Guice today to speak with an attorney about your case.