In addition to names, contact, vehicle and insurance details of other drivers involved in road traffic accidents, it is important to obtain the names, telephone numbers and addresses of witnesses.
Why you should get witnesses’ details after road traffic accidents
Depending on the circumstances of road traffic accidents, questions of liability may arise. For this reason, it is important to secure these details and, if at all possible, statements of witnesses. It helps to get these statements in writing immediately, or at least as soon as possible, after the incident, as potentially important details may otherwise be forgotten. This also makes it necessary for witnesses to keep hold of their original notes, as court hearings or claim proceedings may not be taking place for some time.
When vehicle accident witnesses refuse to help
People often try not to get involved in certain situations, and acting as a witness following road traffic accidents is among these situations. When this happens, and a person refuses to act as a witness, it is recommended to ask the police whether they have been called to give a statement. If this cannot be done, it is almost impossible to do anything unless the names and contact details of such witnesses are known to someone. Obviously, it is not possible to force people to give their details, but appealing to their conscience (especially if serious injuries are involved) may help.
If you were injured by a car accident that was not your fault, you may be entitled to claim personal injury compensation from the responsible party. Claiming for compensation requires evidence, and details and statements of witnesses may also be needed to support your claim. Naturally, it is important to also write down your own account of the incident, as well as making sketches and/ or taking photographs of the scene, vehicles and other road users involved, and so forth.
Accident Advice Helpline
Visit Accident Advice Helpline’s site online or call an adviser to find out what else you will need to produce as evidence of your accidental injury. Available via the freephone number – 0800 689 0500 – advisers can be reached 24/7. Experienced and very helpful, they will first of all advise you with regards to whether your claim is likely to be successful. You will then be put in touch with one of this law firm’s lawyers, who will handle your case on a no win, no fee claim basis.Open Claim Calculator