Witness Testimony and How it Can Help You with Your Case
Posted on November 14, 2018
You know that, when it comes to your car accident case, one of the most important things you must do is proving that another party is liable for your injuries. However, what happens when liability is not so clear and you are pitted against the other driver as you attempt to determine who is going to pay for the damages? Perhaps you claim that you saw one thing and the other driver is saying something that is totally different, discrediting your stance. This is why witness testimony is one of the most important aspects of any case.
Why Witness Statements Are Important
If you are making an accusation against the other involved party because you have received a variety of serious injuries, you want to be able to support the statements that you are making. When you start working on your claim for compensation, the insurance adjuster in your case might challenge what you say happened because they have heard another story from the other parties involved. This means that your statements might not be taken seriously even though you know what you saw.
To show that the other party acted negligently, you need to show things from another perspective – through the eyes of an unbiased party who watched the accident happen and can back up statements of those involved. If the witness was not involved in the crash and has no connection to you in any way, this can hold a lot of weight to the insurance adjuster or judge and they are more likely to listen to the reason incited by the witness. Witness evidence, therefore, becomes one of the most crucial ways to prove that another driver caused the accident and use it as a way to defend yourself even when the other party is pointing their finger at you and trying to put all of the blame on you.
The Aspects That These Statements Can Prove
There are many specific things that witness statements do that can be useful to your case. Here are some ways that they can play a huge role in your testimony and help you work toward the results you deserve:
- Show that the other party is not telling the truth because what they have said is inconsistent from the story of the witness
- Giving clear testimony even when other parties don’t remember certain parts of the case
- Help show that another party is at fault and that you played no role in the accident and are not at fault
You want to also be able to show that your injuries were caused by the accident, and a witness might be able to help you do this. Based on an eyewitness account and statement to the judge in your case, they might be able to show that the injuries you’ve sustained were not caused by outside forces but clearly came from the accident. This can help you receive compensation from your injuries when you are finding difficulty moving forward.
Being involved in a car accident can be a life-changing experience. You know what happened at the time of your accident but tensions are high and you might be feeling increasingly frustrated by the fact that the other party is trying to pin the blame on you and doesn’t seem to want to admit fault in your case. If you have been injured, you need a team on your side who will work on investigating every aspect of your claim using experts who are experienced in these cases. At Katz Kantor Stonestreet & Buckner, we want you to know that you are not alone and there is hope in your injury case. Call us at 304-431-4050 to find out what we can do for you.
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