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    • Al44
    • By Al44 4th Oct 17, 4:52 PM
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    what information of mine will they ask for?
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    • 4th Oct 17, 4:52 PM
    what information of mine will they ask for? 4th Oct 17 at 4:52 PM
    I recently witnessed a car accident and feel bad for the victim as it wasn't their fault. a crazy driver who wasn't paying attention to the road crashed into the back of them. I gave my phone number to the victim and want to help him.

    I just wondered if anyone has ever acted as a witness in a similar situation?
    what will be asked of me? e.g with they ask for things like my national insurance number and address etc?

    and will I be expected to go physically go into court to give evidence?

    no one was seriously hurt or anything but the victim ended up with a badly damaged car
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    • Warwick Hunt
    • By Warwick Hunt 4th Oct 17, 5:09 PM
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    • 4th Oct 17, 5:09 PM
    I recently witnessed a car accident and feel bad for the victim as it wasn't their fault. a crazy driver who wasn't paying attention to the road crashed into the back of them. I gave my phone number to the victim and want to help him.

    I just wondered if anyone has ever acted as a witness in a similar situation?
    what will be asked of me? They will want to obtain an account from you and possibly a written statement. e.g with they ask for things like my national insurance number No.and address etc? Yes.

    and will I be expected to go physically go into court to give evidence? You may well be asked to attend.

    no one was seriously hurt or anything but the victim ended up with a badly damaged car
    Originally posted by Al44
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    • Car 54
    • By Car 54 4th Oct 17, 5:14 PM
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    • 4th Oct 17, 5:14 PM
    When I had a similar experience, I got a letter from the victim's insurer a few eeks afterwards asking me to complete a statement - basically a straightforward account of what I saw. They're looking for facts, not your opinion of who's to blame.

    Obviously they'll have to 'phone you to get your name and address. I can't see any reason why they'd need your NI number, inside leg measurement, etc!

    It's extremely unusual for these things to end up in court, especially if it's as clear-cut as you've described.
    • Quentin
    • By Quentin 4th Oct 17, 5:15 PM
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    • 4th Oct 17, 5:15 PM
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    • 4th Oct 17, 5:15 PM
    Assuming you are not a psychiatrist (or if you are you didn't examine the driver), then don't comment on the driver's mental state, or assert who was to blame!


    A witness is just that - you saw what happened, nothing else you add will help the driver you call the "victim"
    • ElefantEd
    • By ElefantEd 4th Oct 17, 5:38 PM
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    • 4th Oct 17, 5:38 PM
    Also - write down what you saw and heard as soon as possible ie now, in readiness. Your memory will fade and become distorted over time.
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