How Do I Find the Witness to my Car Accident?

Car accidents can leave you angry, confused, disoriented, and even unconscious. As a driver, it’s impossible to know what really happened during your accident. To make matters worse, loss of consciousness or head trauma can wipe away any memory of the events, including, those who witnessed the accident or helped victims.

At the Law Offices of John P. Burns, we help drivers recover after a car accident and get them the help they need. It’s imperative to have witness testimony in a car accident when the courts are involved, or when you are trying to challenge the amount of fault you bear. So what happens if you can’t find the witness to your accident?

How do I find them?

Often, a police office responding to the accident will take down witness information. If you are in contact with a witness before the police get there, you can ask for information such as name, phone number and address, but the witness does not have to comply.

However, sometimes officers do not record all relevant information. If you are in an accident in which witness testimony will play a large role, the best thing you can do is obtain a car accident attorney.

These attorneys are skilled at finding witnesses using private investigation firms, local surveillance footage from security cameras or traffic cameras, or getting receipts from local businesses that the person might have patronized. Attorneys are able to request information that a layperson would not have access to.

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At the Law Offices of John P. Burns, we handle your car accident claim so you can focus on recovering emotionally and physically without dealing with the details. It’s free to ask questions, so contact us directly at 949-496-7000 or email us at We’ll be sure to get back to you within 24 hours.