Vehicle accidents occur all the time in Phoenix and throughout Arizona. All of us hope that we will not be involved in a crash when we get behind the wheel of a vehicle. However, even if you are not directly involved in a vehicle accident, there may come a time when you witness a vehicle accident.
Here, we want to discuss what you should do if you witness a car accident in Arizona. Our car accident lawyers will discuss if you are required by law to stop and offer assistance and whether or not you should leave your contact information with those involved.
If you are involved in a vehicle accident in Arizona, the law requires that you stop, remain at the scene, and render aid as appropriate to others involved. However, as a bystander witness to an accident, you do not have these same obligations. You do not have to stop at the scene of a car accident you witness, and you can continue on your way.
However, what you can do and what you should do are two separate things.
If you witness a vehicle accident in Arizona, there are various steps that you can take to help those involved. Stopping at the scene of a vehicle accident to render aid could help save someone’s life. Some of the steps that you can take after witnessing a crash include:
Witness testimony can be crucial in helping a victim prove their personal injury case. As time goes on, we often forget or misremember certain facts. It is important to relay your recollection of events to the appropriate authorities as soon as possible, and there is no harm in making notes about your observations. If you have witnessed or know someone injured in a motor vehicle crash, do not hesitate to provide Torgenson Law’s contact information. They can reach us by telephone or text at (602) 726-0747 for a free consultation regarding their potential injury claim.