Why Should I Get Witness Contact Information After My Collision?

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Car collisions tend to happen so quickly that the involved parties struggle to recall just what happened. This is why oftentimes an outside perspective is found to be helpful. Read on to discover why you should get witness contact information after your collision and how a seasoned Houston, Texas car accident lawyer at White Personal Injury can help you go about this.

Who can be a potential witness to my car collision?

First of all, below is a list of potential witnesses that you may reach out to for testimony of your car collision:

  • A bystander who is a stranger to you and the other parties involved.
    • An individual walking down the same street.
    • An individual riding their bike on the same street’s bike lane.
    • An individual driving down the same street.
    • An individual at a store or house on the same street.
  • An individual who was a passenger of one of the parties involved.
  • An individual who is close to you and has witnessed how the accident has impacted your day-to-day life.

Why should I collect witness contact information after my collision?

Next, it is important that you collect witness contact information because they can testify to a police officer, insurance adjuster, or jury on your behalf. With this, they may be able to accomplish the following:

  • A witness may lend credibility to your description of how the collision played out.
  • A witness may lend credibility to your description of your injuries and car damages that came as a direct result of the collision.
  • A witness may assign fault for your collision to the other party involved.
  • A witness may assign fault for your collision to the city it occurred in (i.e., insufficient lighting, dangerous road conditions, etc).

When should I collect witness contact information?

You should collect witness contact information while you are still at the scene of the collision. With their permission, you should obtain their full name, phone number, email address, residential address, etc. This is so they can be contacted later on for testimony.

Then, you should obtain their testimony soon after your accident. This is because you will want to tap their memory while it is still fresh. Also, it is best to do this before the other party’s insurance adjuster gets a hold of them and convinces them otherwise. And overall, it is best to do this before the statute of limitations approaches. In the state of Texas, this deadline is usually two years from the date of your collision.

For more information on this, do not hesitate in reaching out to a Houston, Texas auto accident lawyer today.

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