Good witnesses can make the difference between winning and losing a personal injury case or claim. They can strengthen your story and provide new information and insights that you may have missed. Remember that you need to find witnesses ASAP so that the memories are fresh and the evidence for your case or claim is strong.
What if the witness is a complete stranger?
Don’t worry, strangers can make for great witnesses. They can provide invaluable supporting evidence. If you want to find them, you should go to the scene after the accident occurred and talk to the people who live and work there as much as possible. You can gather some great and strong evidence by doing this.
Remember that police reports contain invaluable information as well.Make sure that you write down as much of the witnesses’ contact information as possible. You’ll need this for future reference. Gently press witnesses for details and be sure to write them down. Ask cooperative witnesses for a written statement. This will actually strengthen your claim or case.
Ask uncomfortable witnesses to jot down everything that they said they saw and heard when and after the accident happened. Make sure that they sign the statement. This will give you valuable evidence to use either in or out of court.
If you know the witness
It will be easier to deal with witnesses who you know, even if they’re barely acquaintances. Practice the same methods of gathering evidence that you would with witnesses who are complete strangers. Allow your injury lawyer in Calgary to find out the details of the accident and discuss the facts with them. It will help them get clarity.
Insurance adjusters and witnesses
An insurance adjuster tracks witnesses for all the information related to the accident. That is why it’s important that you contact them immediately to get their unbiased information before the insurance adjuster has a chance to influence them in any way. It is essential that you learn what the witnesses heard or ensure that the insurance adjuster does not distort the incident recollection into their minds. Your lawyer can tell the witnesses that they have the right not to disclose the details of the accident to the insurance adjuster. However, that would amount to interference from the other side and can put your insurance claim into jeopardy.
Believe it or not, the defendant’s insurance adjuster is legally entitled to talk to the witnesses too. However, it will be the decision of each witness to talk or not to talk with the insurance company representative. It helps to have the best lawyer in your corner.