Why Witnesses Are Important to Southwest Florida PI CasesOctober 1, 2021 | Category: Automobile Accidents | Share
Gathering evidence to support a Florida personal injury case is important to the potential outcome. If you or a loved one is injured because of the negligence of another person or entity, having credible witness statements are often a significant part of a personal injury lawsuit. Our experienced Fort Myers accident legal team can assist our clients in obtaining compensation for any losses.
Witness statements are written or recorded and can be used to substantiate fault for an accident. A witness may be anyone who saw an accident occur. This includes other drivers, passengers, pedestrians, bicyclists, etc. Credible witness statements usually come from people who have no interest in the outcome of the case.
Witness statements can support a claim by substantiating an injured victim’s version of the events and how an accident happened. These accidents may be vehicle accidents, motorcycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, truck accidents, bicycle accidents, slip & fall accidents, wrongful death accidents, or other accidents.
Credible witness statements can promote insurance company settlements. Should a case go to trial, a witness statement can be a key to proving that an accident victim is not at fault for an accident. Witness statements can confirm what happened in an accident when a witness is unable to testify in person.
Most personal injury cases settle and do not go to trial. However, if a case does go to trial, the Florida Rules of Evidence govern how witness statements are used. This includes:
- Refreshing the memory of a witness – Should a witness not remember what happened at trial, his/her written witness statement can be used to refresh his/her memory.
- Inconsistent statements – Should a witness’s testimony differ from his/her written witness statement, a Fort Myers accident attorney can use the written statement as a tool to have the witness explain any changed version.
Over time, eyewitness testimony may become unreliable. Memories fade quickly. It is vital to obtain witness statements shortly after an accident. These statements are likely to be more accurate than those taken after time has gone by.
“When injured in an accident, it is important to identify witnesses at the accident scene and get the information needed to contact them, including names, addresses, and phone numbers. Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. is experienced in handling witnesses. We represent people involved in numerous types of personal injury and wrongful death accidents throughout the state of Florida. All of our clients have unique personal injury cases. Our firm provides personal contact and communication along with aggressive representation. There are no costs or attorney fees until we receive a monetary recovery for you, and we are available to assist you 24/7,” said Randall Spivey, Fort Myers Accident Lawyer.
Fort Myers Accident Lawyer Randall L. Spivey is a Board Certified Trial Attorney – the highest recognition for competence bestowed by the Florida Bar and a distinction earned by just one percent (1%) of Florida attorneys. He has handled over 2,000 personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout Florida. For a free and confidential consultation to discuss your legal rights, contact Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A., in Lee County at 239.337.7483 or toll-free at 1.888.477.4839, or by email to Randall@SpiveyLaw.com. Visit SpiveyLaw.com for more information. You can contact Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. in Charlotte County at 941.764.7748 and in Collier County at 239.793.7748.