As you know, car accidents can be devastating for everyone involved. Unfortunately, often, people are seriously injured in these accidents, even when they’re not the ones who caused the accident to begin with. That said, fortunately for these people, legal recourse is available through a personal injury claim. However, to recover compensation in a personal injury claim, you will have to establish fault. There are various ways in which you can do so, including through surveillance footage, police reports, and more. That said, one of the other most valuable types of evidence is witness testimony. Please continue reading and reach out to a seasoned New York City personal injury lawyer from our firm to learn more about how witnesses can help prove a car accident personal injury claim and how our legal team can guide you through the process.
How can witnesses help satisfy the burden of proof in a car accident claim?
Witnesses can provide valuable information regarding what happened leading up to an accident, help clarify the actions of each driver involved (i.e. who was at fault), and talk about the accident and its aftermath. In many cases, especially when security camera footage isn’t available, one or more witness statements can help chronologize the order of events leading up to the accident and help establish liability. For example, if a witness happened to notice a driver was texting or ran a red light prior to the accident, it can absolutely help bolster a victim’s chances of recovering compensation in a personal injury claim. In other cases, a witness may relay crucial information regarding a driver’s physical condition before or after an accident. For example, witnesses may reveal that a driver was behaving erratically and appeared to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
That said, you should understand that it’s not uncommon for witnesses to have slightly “different” versions of an event; this doesn’t mean anyone is necessarily lying, but perspectives do tend to vary, so it is of paramount importance that anyone hurt in an auto accident hires a lawyer who can interview as many witnesses of an accident as possible. The more witnesses that corroborate a claim, the more credence the claim has.
If you have any additional questions about auto accident claims or you need a lawyer who can represent you, look no further than The Law Office of Richard M. Kenny.
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