One of the most important things you must do after being involved in a car accident is to ensure that there were witnesses. Witnesses who can testify to exactly what happened and who was at fault can often make or break a case. Of course, you should always immediately get medical attention after an accident, but if you are able to, you should gather as much information as possible from any witnesses while you are still at the scene.
An experienced personal injury attorney from Blackburn & Green will know how to help you with this information.
Names and Contact Information
In order to use a witness for a future personal injury claim, you will need to collect, at the very least, some basic information in case they need to be contacted later. This includes first and last names, phone numbers, and even street and email addresses.
The Witness’ Location at the Time of the Accident
Getting the witness’ location at the time of the accident is imperative because it shows that they were indeed a witness. Get other information pertaining to when they arrived at the scene and where they were coming from and where they were going when the accident occurred. Also determining their distance from the accident can be helpful.
The Witness Statement
Getting a witness’ statement about the accident is highly important. In addition to the basic details about their location at the time of the accident, they should also give a detailed account of what they saw. A witness can also report about details like the scene itself, the location of the accident, traffic signals, lanes, the directions vehicles were traveling, speed of vehicles, and more. You can even ask them to draw a picture. They can give information about the weather conditions during the time of the accident, details on the crash and immediately before it, and approximate distance to and from vehicles and intersections. They can also provide information about the length of time between when the accident occurred and how long it took for police to arrive at the scene.
Once you have a lawyer from Blackburn & Green working on your behalf, you will want to also get written statements from the witnesses. The statements can be written on any type of paper and don’t have to be in any legal format. The statements don’t have to be notarized, and anyone who was a witness to the accident can provide these documents. However, you will want to have them sign and date the bottom of each page. You may also want to take a picture of each witness while holding their paper statement.
If you have been injured in a car accident and need an attorney, call Blackburn & Green at 1-800-444-1112. We offer free home and hospital visits and will start work immediately to seek fair compensation for your injuries.
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