If you’re the victim of an accident, every shred of evidence can be vital. Your immediate concerns at the scene are medical attention and calling the authorities, but long-term it’s important to have your legal bases covered so that you can get proper compensation for damages and injuries. For that, eye witnesses can make the crucial difference.
This is something that the family of Dick Stone knows all too well. Dick was sitting alone in his car near the ocean in Panama City Beach in March when a pickup truck plowed into him. He was critically injured by the impact.
However, Dick wasn’t alone. An unidentified stranger raced to his side, allegedly calling 911 and then administering first aid and working to stabilize Dick until paramedics arrived. Once they reached the scene he stepped aside, and vanished into the shadows as quickly as he had arrived.
Sadly, despite the best efforts of first responders and the unknown hero, Stone passed away from his injuries. But his family is now urgently seeking the man who helped him – because he may be able to shed some light on what happened that night.
Other eyewitnesses spoke to the man, who said the person driving the truck that struck Dick’s vehicle – James Colton – was driving erratically before the accident. As of May 6, Colton had not been charged with any crime, but with eyewitness testimony about his driving, he potentially could be. That would be a huge advantage in any potential lawsuit to recover damages from Colton.
Often, when advising people what to do if they’re in a car crash, the emphasis is on getting the other driver’s information and not admitting any wrongdoing. That is good advice, but it’s important to talk to witnesses at the scene as well. Many witnesses may not realize how crucial their testimony could be in improving the lives of accident victims or their family, and are afraid to come forward.
Here’s what you can do at an accident scene:
Of course, not every accident scene will involve witnesses, and sometimes they won’t be willing to come forward. No matter what, you have legal options. If you’ve been in a crash, call Steinger, Iscoe & Greene for a completely free evaluation of your case today. Talk to a car accident lawyer in Florida today.