Reluctant Witnesses in a Vehicle Collision
Witness testimony is often a critical component in a successful vehicle accident case. Your attorney may require a witness to testify, but witnesses are sometimes reluctant to cooperate.
The Importance of Witnesses
A good witness may be crucial to your attorney’s efforts to prompt an insurance company to settle with you, or to convince a jury that you’re entitled to compensation. This witness may be able to confirm important details or provide new information that you were previously unaware of. Even a witness who did not personally see the collision may still be useful, since he might be able to confirm the extent of your injuries or describe the events that transpired immediately after the crash.
It isn’t uncommon in personal injury cases to discover that some witnesses are hesitant to get involved. Sometimes, they will even outright refuse to testify. A witness may realize that attorneys and insurance investigators might be calling him or visiting his home. He will be required to make a statement, attend a deposition, and may even need to testify in court. That’s a lot to ask of someone who stands to gain nothing by cooperating, regardless of the outcome of the case.
Many personal injury attorneys use private investigators to locate reluctant witnesses. A skilled investigator can generally find people who don’t want to be found, and he may even be able to convince a skeptical witness to cooperate with your attorney. If your attorney’s private investigator has located witnesses, but they simply refuse to cooperate, your lawyer can subpoena them for a deposition.
You Need an Attorney
If you’ve been injured in a vehicle accident, you may need the cooperation of eyewitnesses to support your claim. A skilled and knowledgeable attorney can locate the witnesses you need, talk with them, and convince them to cooperate in your case. To discuss your claim, contact the law offices of Steve M. Lee, P.C., by using the form on this page.
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