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How do witness statements factor into car accident claims?

| Jan 25, 2021 | Car Accidents

Confusion may reign after a car accident. Disagreements over fault may arise after the crash, and the negligent party could attempt to deflect blame. Evidence may prove vital to those seeking in Indiana a fair and equitable settlement, but dashcam footage might not be available. If witnesses saw the crash, then the injured party could rely on their statements. Collecting the accounts requires some effort.

Evidence and liability claims

Victims of negligent auto accidents may turn to the other party’s insurance company to file a claim. With uninsured or underinsured drivers, the victim might file with his/her insurance policy. The insurance company then seeks to arrive at the truth about what happened during the claims adjustment process. An insurance adjuster might dispute some facts when dealing with the claimant. Providing credible witness states may move things in the injured party’s favor.

Procuring contact information from witnesses helps the cause. The witnesses may provide testimony that supports the claimant’s version. In some cases, the witnesses may also have photographic or video evidence of the crash.

Perhaps there were several witnesses to the incident. Acquiring several witness statements along with any additional evidence might prove beneficial.

Working with an attorney

Experience could factor heavily into successful insurance claim negotiations. An attorney might bring that necessary experience to the table. Unfortunately, the claims process might not go as expected, and a lawsuit could become necessary. An attorney might then prepare a suit against the insurance company or the negligent driver.

An attorney could contact witnesses and procure statements. The attorney might be far more thorough when dealing with witnesses than the victim. An attorney may also know how to deal with a hostile witness.

Evidence becomes necessary when attempting to prove fault for auto accidents. Witnesses may provide credible evidence, and an attorney may help with the process of dealing with witnesses.

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