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How do I secure witness statements for my car accident claim in Virginia?

The entire scene is a huge blur. You remember driving along Waterloo, when all of a sudden you began to feel like you were at the Battle of Waterloo. You heard what sounded like a canon backfire and felt your car completely flip on its side; as you were spinning you saw a lot of bright orange flashes and heard loud banging and screeching.

Then...nothing.

It wasn’t until later, once you awoke at the hospital and the police were trying to take your statement, that you realized you were even in a car accident.

So if you can’t even remember, how are you supposed to convince the insurance company of what happened?

Tips to Document Witness Statements in Virginia

Witness statements are extremely useful in Virginia car accident claims and can make the difference between a monetary settlement and an offhanded apology. Therefore, it is important to secure statements whenever possible.

  • If you or the other passengers in your car aren’t seriously injured and are able to do so, attempt to personally get contact information from willing witnesses. You can then contact them later with a witness statement form for them to complete.
  • Request any statements given to the officer on the scene by contacting the police department. Law enforcement officers may or may not be able to release the statements, depending on the circumstances of the case.
  • Contact an experienced lawyer. He’ll be able to procure police reports, statements, and legal documentation that you otherwise may not have known about, let alone have been able to get yourself.

Depending on how serious the accident, the extent of your injuries, or the chaos and confusion of the scene, you may not be able to get witness statements by yourself. If that’s the case, your best move is to contact an experienced car accident lawyer to discuss your options, attempt to find witnesses who are still willing to give a statement, and help you secure your claim.

We know how frustrating and complicated car accident claims can be, especially when so many things can make or break your case. Let our experience and knowledge work for you. Contact us today for a free consultation.

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