If you just saw a car accident, you are under no obligation to stop. In California, even if you saw that people were seriously injured from the crash, you have no obligation to stop and render aid to the people who were injured. You can just continue driving, leave the scene of the crash, and go about your way.
The question of whether you should stop or not, is up to you. Witnesses to car accidents do often stop to help render aid or even offer themselves as witnesses to testify who is at fault. Unfortunately, most car accidents occur without anybody stepping forward as a witness. When people do not make themselves available as a witness, it can make it difficult for the innocent party to prove that the other party is liable.
For example, was driving straight and was sideswiped by another driver, the at fault party could simply argue that it was the other driver that changed lanes into him. In this situation, it is one party’s one against another party’s word. How do you know who is at fault in this situation? If there aren’t any cameras around, who would be able to help determine who is at fault? A witness. If there was a witness to the crash, it would be exceedingly helpful to the innocent party if the witness provided testimony as to who was at fault for the crash.
Unfortunately, too many car accidents end up this way. We have even seen cases where the party that was rear-ended was blamed to have caused the collision because he was in reverse at a very high speed. If there was a witness to prove that the party that was rear-ended was not at fault, it would help him out to prove that he was not at fault.
Witnesses to car accidents are very important to help prove who is at fault. Someone’s case may very well rely on it. Please keep this in mind if you are a witness to a crash. Car accidents are very dangerous and the injured party deserves to be made whole from the other party’s car insurance. If the injured victim does not have enough evidence to prove the other party is at fault, then the injured victim will not be able to recover anything.
If you were involved in crash and need help determining who was at fault because you don’t have any witnesses, feel free to call Lem Garcia, car accident lawyer in West Covina.
Case consultations are always free and without any obligation.
By: West Covina car accident lawyer, Lem Garcia