When a car accident happens, fault might not be clear. Even worse, that driver might lie about the cause and try to blame you. A witness might tip the scales of justice in your favor. However, you do not always need a witness in a car accident case.
Having a witness can be helpful when fault is contested, especially when the other motorist is lying about who caused the accident. A random witness who happened to see the accident and was not involved can be very valuable. More than one is even better. Multiple witnesses who agree on how the accident happened and which driver caused it could help determine liability.
A passenger might also be a good witness, but that person could be less credible. A passenger who filed an accident claim might be considered a co-plaintiff instead of an impartial witness.
Situations in Which a Witness Is Not Needed
When another driver clearly causes an accident and there is no question who is at fault, you generally do not need a witness. In such cases, there is often other forms of evidence that affirms who caused an accident.
If another motorist ran a red light and hit you, the damage would help prove who caused the accident. The offending driver’s vehicle would likely have front-end damage, while your car would likely have damage on the side.
The same is true in a rear-end collision in which your car suffers damage to the bumper. The damage and its location could help to affirm who caused the accident.
Additionally, a traffic camera, security camera, or maybe a dashcam could have recorded the accident. Video footage can be used as evidence.
Who Is a Credible Witness?
If you are in an accident and you do not need immediate medical care, you should try to exchange contact information with any witnesses. Hopefully, there are several witness who saw the entire accident and are willing to testify on your behalf.
Having a credible witness is important. If a witness was drunk or otherwise intoxicated at the time of the accident, that person would not be a good witness. The defendant’s lawyer could cast doubt on any testimony provided by that particular witness.
You want witnesses who clearly saw the accident unfold, will affirm your side of the story, and is of sound mind. You need to find those witnesses who are willing to testify in a deposition and who will support your claim and potential case. Your lawyer can help you collect and preserve their testimony.
Mount Laurel Car Accident Lawyer at the Law Office of David S. Rochman Builds Strong Car Accident Cases
In many cases, having a witness in a car accident case is valuable. If you have been injured in a collision and need legal help, speak with our Mount Laurel car accident lawyer at the Law Office of David S. Rochman. We can help you build a compelling case. Call us at 856-751-2345 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation today. We are located in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, and we proudly assist clients in Burlington County and the surrounding areas.