How Witness Statements Can Support Your Case

Witness statements can be an important aspect of a personal injury case. If someone saw your accident, you will want to include their witness statement as part of the evidence against the at-fault party.

If there were any witnesses to the crash, do your best to speak with them at the scene. Ask the witness to write down what he saw happen to the best of his memory. Make sure you get the witness to sign and date his statement, and provide his contact information.

If no witnesses stopped at the scene, you might need to take a look at the surrounding area to see if anyone might have seen the accident. If there are homes or businesses in sight of the scene, it doesn’t hurt to ask if anyone nearby saw it happen. Making the effort to seek out potential witnesses could end up greatly affecting your case.

Remember when speaking with witnesses to be as polite and calm as possible. Don’t use inflammatory language to try to sway them, as it can give off the wrong impression. You might very well be angry at the at-fault driver and the situation, but don’t say any of that to the witness. Simply ask them to please write down what they saw, and do not make any negative statements about the other driver.

Camera Footage of the Accident

Even if no one witnessed the accident firsthand, surveillance cameras in the area might have caught the accident on tape. Oftentimes businesses, especially large chain stores, have outdoor cameras that can record hundreds of feet away. If this evidence exists, it can be extremely helpful to your case.

“Witness accounts and surveillance footage can both be very helpful in a personal injury case. The important thing is to do your best to speak with witnesses immediately, as they can be more difficult to track down later on,” said Attorney Walter Clark, founder of Walter Clark Legal Group.

Our firm has been handling personal injury cases throughout the California Low Desert and High Desert communities for over 30 years. With a 95% success rate, the California personal injury attorneys at Walter Clark Legal Group will fight to hold those responsible for your loss accountable and win compensation to cover medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you have been injured in an auto accident and want to discuss your legal options, contact us today for a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer. We have offices in Indio, Rancho Mirage, Victorville, El Centro, and Yucca Valley, and represent clients through the entire California Low Desert and High Desert communities.

DISCLAIMER: The Walter Clark Legal Group blog is intended for general information purposes only and is not intended as legal or medical advice. References to laws are based on general legal practices and vary by location. Information reported comes from secondary news sources. We do handle these types of cases, but whether or not the individuals and/or loved ones involved in these accidents choose to be represented by a law firm is a personal choice we respect. Should you find any of the information incorrect, we welcome you to contact us with corrections.

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