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What to ask witnesses after a car accident

If you're involved in a car accident, the unfortunate truth is that the other driver may lie to the police and/or the insurance company. There are plenty of examples of two drivers colliding at a stoplight and both saying that they had the green light -- even though that's impossible on perpendicular roads (unless there was a rare stoplight malfunction).

As such, one of the first things you want to do after a crash is talk to any witnesses. If you can get other drivers, homeowners, business owners, or people who were just walking down the sidewalk close to the crash to back you up, it can go a long way toward helping the police sort out the truth. When multiple witnesses tell the same story you're telling, officers know that it's the other driver who is being dishonest.

Here are a few things that you should consider asking the witnesses when you're talking to them:

-- What is your name? Why were you here at this time?

-- What is your contact information? Can I get your phone number, physical address and email address?

-- Are you from this area, or do you come through here often? If so, have you ever seen other crashes at the same spot?

The last can be helpful if you think some defect in the road's design was at fault for the accident. A witness who sees a car accident at the same intersection every few weeks may help back up your claim.

Overall, the key is to gather as much evidence as you can and to make sure it's possible to talk to witnesses again if the case goes to court. Be sure you know all of your legal options and how to support your side of the story.

Source: Findlaw, "After a Car Accident: First Steps," accessed May 02, 2017

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