Police Search for Witnesses in Gwinnett County Hit and Run
Currently, police are searching for witnesses to a fatal crash that left one dead while the other driver fled the scene of the crash, according to WSB TV. Interstate 85 in Gwinnett County was the site of a tragic hit and run earlier this month. Officers arrived on the scene of the accident to find a white truck on its side. The driver, a 47 year old man, was not wearing his seat belt and was ejected from the truck. This local sergeant at Phillips State Prison in Buford had been driving in the southbound lanes near Sugarloaf Parkway when an SUV, driven by a 20 year old, suddenly collided with his truck. The SUV driver stopped briefly after the collision but she drove away soon after the accident. Subsequently, she reportedly turned herself in. Police are hoping to uncover witnesses to the crash in order to assist in their case against the hit and run driver.
How Witness Statements Can Help Your Car Accident Claim
Just as police search for witnesses to any hit and run accident in an effort to mount a case against the defendant, personal injury attorneys will seek witnesses to car accidents in order to assist in automobile accident claims. Witnesses can prove vital to your car accident claim, providing important evidence as to fault.
Third party witnesses often offer independent and unbiased testimony as to fault in the event of a car accident. Unlike drivers and their passengers whose opinions can be influenced by self-interest, independent witnesses do not have a personal or financial interest in the outcome of the case, which makes their testimony compelling to juries, mediators and the like.
Securing witness statements is not always easy. Chaos often ensues in the aftermath of a crash. An injured victim's first thoughts will not always include talking to strangers as to what they observed. In fact, accident victims are often injured, impeding their ability to conduct investigations and focus on anything other than the injury.
Your first priority is to obtain treatment for your medical injuries, but when you are able, give some thought to who may have witnessed the accident. Eyewitnesses could include drivers and passengers of other vehicles involved in the accident, people who stopped to render aid, nearby business owners and customers and road or utility workers. Your attorney can help you to identify potential witnesses and obtain statements from them in order to assist with your case.
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