Reaching Out to Witnesses After an Accident
If you have been in an accident, you may know the importance of gathering information from witnesses, especially if there is fault to be found and a case to be made. The information from witnesses of the accident can help determine who is responsible for the collision and may also be helpful in making a case and receiving the full amount of compensation you deserve. If you are involved in a car accident, and have the ability to gather some information from witnesses yourself, here are some questions you can ask.
Questions to Ask Witnesses
Can You Explain–in Your Own Words–What You Saw?
Asking open-ended questions is the best way to see how accurately the witness recalls the accident. Be careful to avoid leading questions, such as ones that specific certain events within the collision sequence, or that may cause a witness to be biased one way or another. Simply ask what they saw, and take note.
What Were You Doing Just Before the Accident?
Asking this question gathers context on how much they were paying attention. A pedestrian with headphones on and their focus on their phone may not have witnessed as much as a fellow driver behind your vehicle, with their eyes on the road ahead.
Where Were You in Relation to the Accident?
Gathering information about the witness’ whereabouts can help determine how accurately they saw the accident unfold. Someone in close range to the collision is likely to have seen and will remember the situation more clearly.
Can You Go Into Greater Detail About What You Saw?
Some witnesses tend to be vague, without providing much detail about what they saw. You can always ask them to elaborate on specific points, or to provide more detail in general. The more detail, the more useful the information is.
Did You See Any Other Witnesses Who Might Have More Information?
Some witnesses may not be as helpful as other ones who were on the scene. Asking witnesses if they noticed someone who might have more information or a better vantage point of what went down can be beneficial.
Do You Know Anyone Involved in the Accident?
If a witness knows someone involved, chances are that they will be biased. Whether this bias is towards or against them, the information will still be skewed.
Do You Have Any Expertise That May Be Relevant?
Some witnesses may be more reliable than others. For instance, the average pedestrian might not be able to give the same detailed account of the ordeal as an off-duty police officer who happened to be driving home. Ask if the witness has any experience that makes them trustworthy.
Can I Have Your Contact Information If I Need to Get in Touch With You Again?
Gathering contact information is essential. This can be kept for your insurance company and your attorney should you choose to file a claim or case. Be sure to verify their information and the details they provide you with and ask if you can contact them to follow up.
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