Tampa Bay Car Crash? Remember to Identify Witnesses!
One of the most frustrating things that can occur after a crash, while you are recovering from your injuries, is finding out that the at-fault party who admitted to being the cause of your accident to the police at the scene has now changed their story. It is common that at-fault drivers will later deny causing the accident. Unfortunately, due to Florida’s Accident Report Privilege, the police report and the driver’s admissions of liability to an investigating officer are inadmissible and may not be shown to the jury in your personal injury case.
This is just one of the many reasons why it is imperative to identify any witnesses to your car accident.
Witnesses may also often have other information you do not. For example, they may have observed in the moments just before the crash that the other driver was on a cell phone or reaching down to retrieve a dropped item.
The more detailed testimony about your crash that your lawyer can have, the stronger the case they can build for your potential recovery.
Here are a few tips to help secure the information available from witnesses after a crash:
1. Ask to use their phone and use it to call yourself or your spouse so you can later retrieve their phone number.
2. Ask the witness to write down (or text or email you), what they saw as well as their name, address, and home and work phone numbers.
3. Ask the witness to shoot a quick video of themselves at the scene explaining what they saw, providing their information as described above and to text or email you that video.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a Florida car accident, call Tampa Bay Personal Injury Attorney Chelsie M. Lamie for a free consultation at 727-501-3464. You can learn more about Attorney Lamie by visiting www.chelsielamie.com.