Scottsdale, AZ asked in Car Accidents for Arizona

Q: Does a witness to a car accident have to give a recorded statement to insurance company or is written statement ok

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Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
  • Personal Injury Lawyer
  • Little Neck, NY

A: An Arizona attorney could answer best, but your question remains open for two weeks. From your description, it sounds like you are a non-party witness to the accident, neither a plaintiff or defendant. As a GENERAL matter in most jurisdictions, insurance carriers tend to be accommodating in obtaining statements from witnesses such as yourself, understanding that you're basically testifying out of your good will, without an interest in the outcome of the action. Even if they can't do it with a written affidavit like you prefer, you could ask if the statement could be taken over the phone. Although some carriers might have standard protocols, the well-established, large carriers tend to try to accommodate the convenience of non-party witnesses such as yourself - unless the stakes are very high and trial is anticipated. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

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