If you find yourself in the unfortunate situation in which you are party to a road traffic accident, you may be called upon to act as an accident witness.
This may seem like a daunting prospect, and you may be worried about providing evidence as an accident witness. Worries often arise around whether you will need to attend court as an accident witness, or how the information you provide will be used.
With so many questions surrounding your role as accident witness, it is best to bust through the myths and get to the root of what is expected from you. After all, you could play the key role in ensuring justice is done.
What is expected of an accident witness?
In the case that you witness an accident on the road, it is important to remain calm and gather together as many nearby witnesses as possible. If you are on your own, this is OK too, but ensure you stay at the scene.
Following the collision, if you see any injured parties in need of help, be sure to call an ambulance and wait with them for medical assistance. It is also necessary to call the police to the scene of an accident, so they are able to file an incident report and produce a collision pack for the accident victims.
Where children are involved in the accident, be sure to immediately call an ambulance.
You are not legally obliged to give your details as a traffic accident witness. If you do, you may be called upon to attend court or give your statement at a claims hearing. It is important that you take your own notes regarding the accident, and take photographs too, if possible.
Accident Advice Helpline
At Accident Advice Helpline, we have over 15 years’ experience assisting victims of road traffic accidents. Thanks to this wealth of experience, we understand that every accident is unique, and so we offer a free initial consultation for all personal injury victims.
No matter the nature of your road accident, to receive your free initial consultation, simply pick up the phone and speak with one of our friendly advisors. Our lines are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for your convenience.
Call us on freephone number, 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile.
Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice