If you’ve just been involved in an accident, that last thing you’re likely to be thinking about is getting the contact information of any witnesses.  However, while it may not seem important at the time, it is a very important thing to do.  Even though the at fault party may take full responsibility for the accident at the time, it’s not uncommon for stories to change after several days and that person may begin to shift some or all of the blame onto you.  This is when it becomes important to be able to contact the witness and obtain a statement about what happened and who was at fault.

 

When it comes to determining liability, an insurance company will always stand by their insured when it is his word against yours. But when there’s a neutral third party who was a witness to the accident then the insurance company is more likely to seek clarification about what happened from him.  This can be extremely helpful to your case and may end up being the difference between obtaining compensation for your injuries or having the insurance company deny liability and you receiving nothing.

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