Saturday, December 01, 2007

Get a witness

If you meet with a traffic accident, find an independent witness. Get the name and contact number of the witness. Ask the witness to record down a statement about the events leading to the accident. This may turn out to be useful.

Some people are worried about being a witness, in case they are called to testify in court. This is unlikely to be needed. An independent witness' statement is likely to carry a lot of weight in deciding on liability, outside of court.

If the witness has to attend court, the witness is entitled to get a generous allowance based on the time that is spent, incluidng waiting time. The amount of the allowance can be agreed with the party that calls the witness.

I hope that more civil minded people are willing to be a witness. This will help to resolve disputes between the parties. It will help to speed up settlements.

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