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    • whambam
    • By whambam 11th Oct 17, 10:22 PM
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    Witnessing A Car Accident
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    • 11th Oct 17, 10:22 PM
    Witnessing A Car Accident 11th Oct 17 at 10:22 PM
    If you witness a car accident can both the cars in front prosecute you for failing to stop and being a witness to a small car accident or big?

    I guess they would need your car registration plate to give to the police to find you?

    Is it at your discretion or mandatory to be a witness to an accident to the police? Personally, I don't want to get involved as I don't want to take sides and potential be a target after the event as people burn your car, damage it and assault you if they see you again walking down the street.
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    • debtdebt
    • By debtdebt 11th Oct 17, 10:28 PM
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    • 11th Oct 17, 10:28 PM
    No, you can't be forced to be a witness.

    I hope people are just as unhelpful if you ever get involved in an accident and need a witness to back up your version of events.
    • AdrianC
    • By AdrianC 11th Oct 17, 10:38 PM
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    Personally, I don't want to get involved as I don't want to take sides and potential be a target after the event as people burn your car, damage it and assault you if they see you again walking down the street.
    Originally posted by whambam
    Seriously...?
    • Warwick Hunt
    • By Warwick Hunt 11th Oct 17, 10:56 PM
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    • 11th Oct 17, 10:56 PM
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    • 11th Oct 17, 10:56 PM
    No, you can't be forced to be a witness.

    I hope people are just as unhelpful if you ever get involved in an accident and need a witness to back up your version of events.
    Originally posted by debtdebt
    Well technically you can be but it's unlikely to happen for a minor bump.
    • debtdebt
    • By debtdebt 11th Oct 17, 10:58 PM
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    • 11th Oct 17, 10:58 PM
    Yes you're right. In a criminal investigation. you can be summonsed by the Police or CPS.

    In a civil claim, if you've not given a witness statement, neither party can order you to provide a statement.
    • bigadaj
    • By bigadaj 12th Oct 17, 7:58 AM
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    • 12th Oct 17, 7:58 AM
    Interesting posting history, seems like an appropriate user name.
    • CHR15
    • By CHR15 12th Oct 17, 4:02 PM
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    • 12th Oct 17, 4:02 PM
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    • 12th Oct 17, 4:02 PM
    Perhaps OP was one of the cars behind me who saw some chump decide to take an early exit from a roundabout from the right hand lane and clout into the side of my car.

    Despite so many who would have seen what happened, nobody stopped. By the time I had parked up they had all moved on.

    My Insurance say as it was a roundabout it is 50/50 liability, which I refused to accept.
    3 Months later and still no resolution.

    And all because nobody was prepared to simply say what happened, no "taking sides" involved, just say what happened.

    Be a good citizen OP and say what you saw.
    • Ebe Scrooge
    • By Ebe Scrooge 12th Oct 17, 4:22 PM
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    I don't want to get involved as I don't want to take sides
    Originally posted by whambam

    As a witness you wouldn't - indeed mustn't - "take sides". You simply write down the facts as you saw them, and let the insurance companies make of them what they will. E.G. "Car A was stationary and car B ran into the back of car A". Importantly, you absolutely MUST NOT give any opinion of who was to blame in your view. You simply state the facts - no more, no less.
    I may not know much about art, but I know what I like.
    • debtdebt
    • By debtdebt 12th Oct 17, 11:03 PM
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    • 12th Oct 17, 11:03 PM
    When I was in practice, I was always taught that there is never any property in a witness i.e. they never belong to any party and shouldn't take sides. They should merely state what they saw.
    • Car 54
    • By Car 54 13th Oct 17, 12:00 AM
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    As a witness you wouldn't - indeed mustn't - "take sides". You simply write down the facts as you saw them, and let the insurance companies make of them what they will. E.G. "Car A was stationary and car B ran into the back of car A". Importantly, you absolutely MUST NOT give any opinion of who was to blame in your view. You simply state the facts - no more, no less.
    Originally posted by Ebe Scrooge
    Nonsense. You can give an opinion, but it will be ignored.
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