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Seeking Witness Testimony After a Tennessee Car Accident

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Tennessee is a “fault state,” so whichever driver in a car accident is found to be at fault will be responsible for paying any damages. If you get into a car accident, it is up to you to prove that the other driver is at fault if he or she is to properly compensate you for any property damage or personal injury. If there are no medical issues that should be addressed immediately, you should try to secure testimony from any witnesses in the area. This is not as simple as approaching witnesses and asking them if they will offer their statement in your defense. There are several strategies you can employ to improve your chances of stating your case to the police or in court. Capitalize on any testimonies that you gather by working with an experienced personal injury attorney in your area. By staying proactive in proving that you are not at fault for a car accident, you have a better chance of being compensated by the other driver’s insurance provider.

How to Approach a Car Accident Witness

The atmosphere at the scene of a car accident can be chaotic and disorienting. To help ensure detailed testimony from witnesses, ask for their contact information so that you and your attorney can communicate with them in the near future when they may be calmer and more focused. Although it can work in your favor to reach out to witnesses after the accident, remember not to wait too long. You want to get their perspectives while they still clearly remember the accident’s details. 

Second, witnesses are only as valuable as their level of trustworthiness. You should ask questions that pinpoint where and when they witnessed the accident. Did they see the crash itself, or did they arrive after the fact? How far away were they from the collision? Did they have a clear line of sight? All of their answers to these questions will help dictate the quality of their testimony.

To obtain accurate portrayals of the accident, offer open-ended questions. If your questions are too specific, you might twist a witness's memory, and he or she may not fully remember the accident from his or her perspective. To help prompt someone’s memory, start by defining the location, the weather, where he or she was coming from, and his or her destination. 

Contact a Jacksboro, TN Car Accident Attorney

An auto accident can cause serious and debilitating injuries depending on the circumstances. In some cases, victims are unable to work and need surgery or extensive rehabilitation to recover. Even with crystal-clear witness testimony, you will require the aid of a Campbell County personal injury lawyer after a vehicle crash. At The Law Office of William F. Evans, we have an extensive history and reputation for helping our clients get the damages to cover the losses they experienced after a vehicle collision. To schedule a free consultation, call us today at 423-449-7980.

 

Sources:
https://www.geico.com/living/driving/auto/car-safety-insurance/what-to-do-if-you-witness-a-car-accident/
https://www.tn.gov/safety/driver-services/reinstatements/frlawindex.html

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