How to Approach a He-Said, She-Said Accident Case
After some car accidents, it can be difficult to determine what happened and who caused the crash. Each party involved may have his or her own version of what transpired leading up the collision. How can you prove your version of the events is the right one?
Below are just a few of the factors you will need to consider:
- Witnesses: Witnesses can be essential tiebreakers in an accident case that would otherwise come down to your word against that of the other driver. If there was anyone in the vicinity who saw the accident occur, it is crucial that you get their information and have them make a statement to police officers before they leave.
- Physical evidence: This may include the damage done to the vehicles and surrounding property, photographs of the accident site and any other “hard” evidence that can be used to prove what actually happened.
- Driver credibility: Carefully analyze the credibility of the other driver. Your attorney may be able to question the person’s version of the events.
- Police report: Although the police report may not be admissible in court, it does provide some unbiased evidence about the events of the accident, including (in some cases) the officer’s opinion as to who was at fault. You can also ask police officers to serve as witnesses in court.
To learn more about the steps you should take when filing a car accident claim, speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer at Jakubowski, Robertson, Maffei, Goldsmith & Tartaglia LLP.