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If You Witness a Motor Vehicle Collision

By Burg Simpson
October 18, 2021
4 min read

When You Witness a Motor Vehicle Crash

When people witness a motor vehicle collision, they often wonder how best to help the people who were involved in the incident. As an eyewitness to the crash, stay at the scene because what you say and do can have a significant impact on those involved.

Your Role as an Eyewitness:

Ensure Your Own Safety: After you witness a motor vehicle collision, pull over to the side of the road. Make sure you and your vehicle are in a safe place and activate your hazard lights.

Call 911 – The sooner you call first responders, the sooner the victims can receive the life-saving support they need. While paramedics and medical professionals provide emergency care, the police will secure the scene, divert traffic, obtain information from the witnesses, and file reports.

Stay on the Scene – When the police arrive, they will take your statement to obtain all the relevant facts regarding the incident. Your account of the details will help to determine who is at fault and may assist the victims to secure the compensation they need to recover from their injuries. Being a witness to a motor vehicle collision can be frightening but remaining calm and knowing how you can help can mean saving a life.

Share Your Contact Information – The police will also obtain your contact information. Following the incident, you may be contacted as a witness by law firms or insurance companies to report what you saw.

Documenting the Scene – The details of the accident are important, and photographs can be especially helpful. Use your phone to document the roadway and the location of the vehicles. Your photos can help investigators determine what happened to cause the collision.

If You Have PTSD – Witnessing a tragic motor vehicle crash can be an upsetting experience.  If you were an eyewitness to a collision and you are experiencing anxiety, loss of sleep, fear, or depression, you may have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. If you have these kinds of symptoms, consider meeting with a mental health professional to assist you in dealing with the aftermath of your experience.

Contact Burg Simpson’s Personal Injury Lawyers Now.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a motor vehicle collision, it can be a traumatic and confusing experience. Retaining the services of a skilled personal injury attorney at Burg Simpson means that you will have an experienced and compassionate professional on your side to represent your best interests. Our attorneys will fight for you to obtain the compensation you deserve.

Burg Simpson shareholder Stephen J. Burg is the practice group leader of the firm’s Personal Injury Department.

Contact the Personal Injury Team at Burg Simpson Now at 888 895 2080

About Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine

One of America’s foremost plaintiff trial firms, Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine,  has a longstanding and nationwide reputation for fighting relentlessly and successfully for victims of negligence, malfeasance, malpractice, and abuse. Our attorneys have never hesitated to fight for our client’s rights and consistently face and defeat formidable adversaries that include big insurance companies, big banks, and big pharma.  Burg Simpson has secured more than $1 billion in verdicts, settlements, and judgments in practice areas spanning catastrophic personal injury, mass tort and class actions regarding gas explosions, dangerous pharmaceutical drugs and devices, medical malpractice, complex commercial and business litigation, construction defects, and workers’ compensation. The firm’s success has also included more than 200 recoveries in excess of $1 million.

Burg Simpson was founded in 1976 by distinguished American trial lawyer Michael Burg. Mr. Burg is an inductee in the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame and a recipient of the Clarence Darrow Award. He has also been named to the 2016 RoundTable: America’s 50 Most Influential Trial Lawyers by The Trial Lawyer magazine; Law Week’s “Barrister’s Best” as “Best Civil Litigator”; and one of “America’s 50 Leading Trial Lawyers” by the U.S. Legal 500. Mr. Burg has also been recognized by Best Lawyers in America® and Super Lawyers®. Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine now has more than 75 lawyers and over 90 legal professionals. The firm is based in Colorado and has offices in Arizona, Florida, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, California, and Wyoming.


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