Whenever you have been in an accident, one of the first steps that you should take while waiting for police to arrive is to gather contact information for any witnesses that are available. Having witnesses who can back up your side of the story can help you avoid the “he said/she said” scenario that so commonly complicates car accident cases.
However, you should also keep in mind that if your case does wind up going to court, the reliability of your witnesses will be thoroughly analyzed. Therefore, before you case starts, you should consider whether your witness would be credible enough for the purposes of the court. There are certain factors that can determine if your witness is or isn’t credible, including:
- The vantage point that the witness had (were they in another car, or a pedestrian)
- Whether the witness saw the accident unfold in its entirety
- Whether the witness was able to observe if the other vehicle was breaking a traffic law, such as speeding or running a stop sign
- Whether the witness is relying on information they themselves observed or information that they obtained from others
- Whether the witness has good eyesight and a good memory
The character of your witness could also come into question. If, for example, your witness is a convicted felon, has a reputation for dishonesty or has some personal stake in the outcome of the case, courts may be likely to dismiss their testimony.
For more information on how you can bring credible witnesses into your injury claim, contact the San Diego car accident attorneys with Thorsnes Bartolotta McGuire.