auto accident attorney gets to work on your case, he or she will need to review all of the available
evidence. This includes physical evidence such as photographs of the scene
and intangible evidence like witness statements. As neutral third-parties
who do not have a stake in the outcome of your personal injury claim,
witnesses can prove invaluable for your case.
When to Look
The first steps you should take after a car crash are to call 911, check
for injuries, and move the car out of the path of oncoming traffic if
possible. You also have a responsibility to yourself; if you’re
injured, you should be aware that moving around may worsen your injuries.
Being mindful of your well-being is more important than gathering witness
statements. However, after you call 911 and if your injuries are not too
serious, you can look for witnesses while you’re waiting for the
emergency responders to arrive.
Who to Approach
Aside from the other driver, anyone on the scene at the time of the crash
may be a potential witness for your case. Good Samaritans who stopped
to help you, construction crews, utility workers, and passersby may have
witnessed what happened. If no one is immediately identifiable, consider
whether there are any nearby homes or commercial establishments. The occupants
may have witnessed the crash.
What to Say
Since your auto accident attorney will need names and contact information,
get a pen and paper before approaching witnesses. Or, use a notepad feature
on your cellphone to take notes. Introduce yourself and ask whether the
individual saw the crash. Request the individual’s name and contact
information, and ask if he or she would be willing to write down a brief
statement about what happened. If this is not possible, your car accident
injury lawyer can contact the witness later to obtain a statement.
For all the legal guidance you need to recover from an accident, you can
turn to the
Auto Accident Law Firm of Kevin Paul Childers. Our auto accident lawyer, who is located in Manassas, VA, works with
clients throughout Prince William County. You can call (703) 330-6300
to request a case review with our accident injury lawyer.