Car Accident Witnesses

Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers discuss how important accident witnesses can be in claiming recoveries for injured car accident victims. Being involved in a car accident is a significantly stressful event and can be life-altering. Car accidents occur due to numerous factors, including negligence, driving under the influence, distracted driving, texting while driving, speeding, reckless driving, and many other causes. It is unfortunately not an uncommon experience. A car accident resulting in injury can result in extensive medical costs, lost wages, property replacement, and emotional distress for the victims.

Most drivers know the process of exchanging insurance information with the other driver involved, to contact the police, and document the location and any witnesses. A car accident resulting in injury often means that medical treatment is the first essential task, but when involved in a collision, gathering information is key as well.

Documenting a Claim Through Witness Statements

It is not always obvious who is at fault in a vehicular accident. Both drivers claiming that they had the right of way through a traffic intersection is one common scenario and proving fault may not be straightforward. Unfortunately, in some cases, there are no witnesses other than the drivers involved. Outside eyewitnesses to a car accident can be an important aspect of proving fault and determining financial responsibility for damages. There are several things to consider when assessing the value of car accident witnesses.

Not all eyewitness statements are reliable. Car accidents happen very quickly, and it is sometimes only upon the sound of the collision that other car occupants or pedestrians are alerted. Factors such as the proximity of the witness will affect their reliability as those closer to the scene are more credible. Some witnesses may state what they observed, but it is later determined that they have physical barriers, such as vision or hearing issues or memory loss disorders.

Witnesses who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs will have less credibility for clear reasons. In addition, insurance claims adjusters, along with the courts, can consider the character of witnesses, such as prior criminal convictions. Eyewitnesses should also be unbiased, which is why passengers in either vehicle will not be credible since they are directly involved. Eyewitnesses who have a stake in the outcome, such as a relative or friend of either party, are also not credible to a claim. The assistance of a Baltimore car accident lawyer with experience in assessing witness statements is vital to protecting an accident victim’s rights.

When police arrive at the scene of an accident, do not assume they will seek out witnesses as they may be occupied by securing the scene and working with other emergency responders. Drivers who are not injured can seek out any one in the area they believe might have seen the accident. This could be homeowners, store employees, road or utility workers, pedestrians, or other drivers who stop to assist.

Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Advocate for Victims of All Types of Car Accidents

If you or a family member has been in a car accident in Baltimore or throughout Maryland, contact the experienced Baltimore car accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton. We will hold the negligent party accountable for your injuries. For a free consultation regarding your accident case, please contact us online or call us at 800-547-4LAW (4529).

Our offices are located in Baltimore, Columbia, Glen Burnie, and Towson, allowing us to represent car accident victims in Maryland, including those in Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Harford County, Howard County, Montgomery County, Maryland’s Western Counties, Prince George’s County, Queen Anne’s County, Southern Maryland, and the Eastern Shore, as well as the communities of Catonsville, Essex, Halethorpe, Middle River, Rosedale, Gwynn Oak, Brooklandville, Dundalk, Pikesville, Nottingham, Windsor Mill, Lutherville, Timonium, Sparrows Point, Ridgewood, and Elkridge.