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5 ways to navigate conflicting witness accounts after a collision

On Behalf of | Apr 3, 2024 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

Witness statements can be crucial evidence after a car accident in Florida. But what happens if you have conflicting accounts?

There are strategies to help individuals deal with this situation effectively.

Gather information

After ensuring safety and calling for medical assistance if needed, get written statements from all witnesses, regardless of their version of events. Note details like date, time, location and what each witness observed. This helps establish who saw what and from which vantage point. Document the accident scene through photographs or videos for evidence.

Identify discrepancies

Carefully compare the witness statements. Look for inconsistencies in key details like traffic light colors, vehicle positions or driving behaviors. Minor discrepancies might be due to stress or differing perspectives.

Seek witness clarification

Contact witnesses with conflicting statements. Politely ask them to clarify any inconsistencies. They might have missed something or simply need to refresh their memory. Remember, it is never acceptable to pressure witnesses or ask them to change their story.

Consider external evidence

Look for any corroborating evidence that strengthens your version of events. In the face of persistent conflicting witness statements, other factors may play a significant role. This could include police reports or skid marks on the road. Traffic camera footage can be invaluable and you can often get access to it through a simple public records request. Accident reconstruction specialists or forensic experts may provide insight into the events leading up to the collision.

Maintain composure

Remain calm and avoid arguments or confrontations with other parties involved. Focus on cooperating with law enforcement officers and insurance investigators. Provide them with relevant information and documentation.

Navigating conflicting witness statements requires patience, persistence and a willingness to ask for help when needed. With the right approach, you can help ensure a fair outcome in your Florida car accident claim.