An initial pivotal step in any vehicular accident investigation is to obtain sworn statements from witnesses. In an earlier Bulletin (archived on this blog), we provided a witness statement checklist, which, if followed, should yield a comprehensive and accurate statement.
At the time a witness statement is being recorded, the investigator should also complete a form BNI created, called an Interview Intake Sheet. The information collected in an IIS bolsters the witness’ personal information (dob, ssn, address…) and provides a physical description of said witness. The IIS also includes the field investigator’s assessment of the witness re: memory recall, credibility, personality… Two outstanding benefits of an IIS are information availability to re-locate a witness, if necessary, and the subject’s psychological snapshot.
Quick upload to the law firm of the statement and IIS and the trial lawyer should have a good foundation on which to base immediate future strategy.
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INTERVIEW INTAKE SHEET
Date of Interview: ____________________________
Time of Interview: __________________ A.M./P.M.
Home Address: _________________________________
Phone Number: _________________________________
Work Number: __________________________________
Witness Description: Gender:____Male ____Female
Date of Birth: __________________ Age: _______
Check one: ______ Asian ______ Black ______ Cauc.
______ Hisp. _______ Indian _________ (Other/enter)
Height: _______________ Weight: ______________
Hair color: ____________ Eye Color: _____________
_____ Mustache _____ Beard _________________ Other
Psychological/Personality Assessment: (i.e., quality
of memory recall, friendliness, credibility…):
Address Where Interviewed: _____________________________
File #: _______________________________________
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