If you or a loved one has been hurt in a car crash, you have the right to seek financial compensation for your losses. However, obtaining evidence is the key to a successful personal injury claim following a car crash. Witness testimony may be quite useful in certain cases. This article will focus on the types of questions you should put to witnesses immediately following a car accident in order to strengthen your case. To learn more about the right legal assistance click here.
Who are you and what is your contact information?
It is vital that you collect the names and contact information of any witnesses. If you don’t get their information before they go, you probably won’t be able to find them again and they won’t be able to testify in your favor.
Are you going to tell me what happened in your own words?
Asking a witness to recount the crash in their own words provides that person with a chance to construct their own version of what happened. Oftentimes, they will discuss topics that you would never think to inquire about. Asking them to recount what happened in their own words is likely to elicit answers to some of the questions on this list as we move down the list.
What do you believe caused the collision to occur?
Investigate the crash from the eyewitness’s point of view by inquiring about how it happened. It’s possible that a single witness didn’t take in the entire scene, but if you can collect testimony from several people who saw different parts of the occurrence, you can start to build a clearer picture.
Do you think you could describe what happened and what led up to it?
Get as much information as you can. Possible questions to ask a witness include: which lane the vehicles were in, how far down the road the accident occurred, whether or not the witnesses saw vehicles going too fast for conditions, whether or not they heard skidding or braking, and what other drivers did immediately following the crash.
When the collision occurred, where were you?
Be certain to inquire as to the whereabouts of the witness at the time of the incident. Inquire as to whether they were in a building, another car, a sidewalk, etc. You must also inquire as to how far away they were from the initial crash.