In deciding who caused an accident will sometimes come down to your word against theirs. Having an independent witness can be instrumental in proving what actually happened during the wreck.If there is a witness, you may contact a witness and ask for information. Although the witnesses are not legally required to participate, they often are more than willing to help.
When speaking with witnesses, first gather their basic contact information such as a name, phone number, and address. If there is time, you will next want to have them give a basic description of what they saw and heard before, during, and after the accident. Write down as much of this information as possible for later reference if the insurance company tries to play games.
There are some other ways you can secure a witness statement. The police officer that arrived at the scene of the accident will create a report containing information relating to the parties involved in the accident. The report will also provide a description of witness statements given at the time of the accident. You can ask the police department for a copy of any witness contact information and give that witness a call.
Finally, video footage is extremely valuable in showing how the accident occurred. Today, cameras are everywhere and the odds that a video camera recorded your accident is more likely than you might think. You can always ask for a copy of the footage but in reality, most business or government agencies are under no obligation to help. That being said, a friendly request can go a long way. If that fails, an attorney can issue a subpoena from the court mandating that the agency release the relevant data.
If you were injured in a car crash, getting a third party to explain what happened is extremely important. Sometimes it will require some extra legwork or maybe even legal action by an attorney. Regardless, securing a third party witness statement is definitely worth the effort and will give yourself the best chance at a successful outcome.