Injured in a car accident? Be sure to get witness statements

A car accident can happen when you least expect it. For example, imagine driving along on your daily commute to the office. You take the same route every day, stop at the same café for a latte, and you even park in the same spot in the employee parking lot. Usually, your commute is uneventful other than the occasional squirrel running into the road, that is, until that one day when it is not. You were involved in a car accident in an intersection. The other driver ran a stop sign and T-boned you on the passenger side.

You know what to do after a car accident. You assess your injuries, and if possible, you check on the other driver. You go through all the steps in your head: Call the police, get the other driver's insurance information, and call your insurance company. You feel like you missed something, but it is hard to put your finger on it with the post-accident adrenaline rush.

A few days later, you remember the step you missed after the accident. You did not take any witness statements. It will be your word against the other driver. While this will not make it impossible to win your case, it may make it more difficult.

Gathering evidence after a car accident that is not your fault is one of the most important things you can do. With certain types of accidents, such as a rear-end collision, it may be easier to determine fault simply based on the circumstances. However, no matter the details, you should always take the time to gather as much information as possible. As mentioned above, this includes getting the other driver's contact information such as name, phone number, address and insurance details.

After a car accident, you should also take pictures of the scene. Be sure to photograph the other driver's car, especially the license plate, the damage to your car and any other property damage that occurred.

Some of the most important information you can get are witness statements. Be sure to get as much information as possible from each person that witnessed the accident. This includes their names, phone numbers and any other ways to contact them. Have witnesses provide you with a detailed description of what they saw leading up to the accident, the moment of the collision and what happened after. These statements may be the difference in winning a fair settlement.

If you have been involved in a car accident due to someone else's negligence, it is important to understand your rights and options as a victim.

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