If you have been injured in an accident in San Antonio that wasn’t your fault, other people who witnessed the incident may be one of your strongest weapons. These individuals are able to provide information and details that will help you prove the fault of someone else.
While witnesses play an important role in every accident, there are a few things you will need to know. For starters, you need to learn what kind of witnesses you want to talk to. Simply being at the scene of an accident doesn’t make someone a credible witness. You will also want to know specific questions you need to ask your witnesses once you talk to them.
Once you have hired a lawyer to represent you, he or she will spend time with the witnesses gathering more details about the accident. However, because you haven’t hired a lawyer at the time of the accident, there will be some work on your end. You will want to at least gather the necessary contact information to give to a lawyer.
Talking with people who saw an accident happen is not usually the first response after you have been injured, especially when the injuries are severe. In these instances, an official police report may be your only means of gathering names or information from other people at the scene. However, if you’re physically able, it will be to your advantage to start talking to these people as soon as possible.
Questions to Ask Witnesses
Find out where they were in proximity to the accident. What was their angle of view of the scene? A good question, to begin with, is what it was that caught their attention? Is there something they saw or heard that put their focus on you and the accident? Not only does this inform you of the other person’s perspective, it provides you with details that can be used to bring the incident to the front of their memory later on when what they have to say is most valuable.
Ask them who they believe was at fault in the accident and why do they believe this? What did they see happen following the crash? Were they paying enough attention to see details such a license plate number or description of the other driver? The more specific details they have the more credible their account will sound to others. For instance, if they are unable to recall the color of a vehicle a month down the road, how likely is it that someone will believe anything else they have to say?
Ideal type of Witnesses
I am by no means telling you to judge others when talking to witnesses. That being said, you need to use discernment when it comes to whose testimony you want to use. One of the best ways you can determine this is by an individual’s willingness to discuss the incident. If you have to ask several questions to receive a simple answer, they may not be the best person for your lawyer to invest time speaking with. Were they close enough to see what actually happened? Or did they simply hear a noise and decide to come and see what happened? The better judgment you use when talking to witnesses, the easier it will be for a lawyer to put together a solid case for you.