As a car accident witness, it is imminent that the plaintiff will approach you to write the witness statement. Let us look at a few things to take care of while writing a car accident witness statement.
What is a car accident witness statement?
A witness statement is a written document. It describes what the witness saw when the accident took place.
Suppose, there were multiple witnesses at the accident site. Even then, the content of the witness statement will differ from witness to witness, even though all of them witnessed the same accident.
The reason for this discrepancy is what each witness observed is different, and their witness statement explains their perspective of the event.
What is the significance of the witness statement?
To win an accident claim, accident victims need to prove their innocence. A witness statement is a presentable piece of evidence at court to prove the fault of the other car driver.
Rear-end car collisions are another instance where witness statements become useful. In rear-end car collisions, the Nevada state law presumes that the rear car driver is at fault. However, in some cases, the front car driver may be at fault, and a witness statement will easily prove this.
How to write a witness statement?
Firstly, you can start by giving your basic information like name, contact details like phone number, home address, etc.
After that, you can explain what you saw at the accident site. Try to give specific information like the exact time of the accident, how many people got injured, who was at fault according to you, etc.
Sometimes, it’s the minute information about the accident that a witness recollects that solve the case.
Should you have good writing skills to write the witness statement?
Even though good writing skills are a must-have to write a witness statement, you can get help from professionals to articulate the content better.
The primary aims of the witness statement are to fill the gaps in the investigation, accident reconstruction, etc.
Only a well-written witness statement can help other stakeholders to extract useful information out of it. So, it is better to give importance to how you write the written statement along with what you write.
Writing an accident witness statement is a compulsory step for those people at the accident site who agreed to cooperate with the accident case.
However, if you find it hard to write by yourself, you can hire an attorney to help you with it.