In Sept 2011 I witnessed a hit and run accident. A man was hit from behind and the girl that hit him took off. I didn't see the license plate of the vehicle I saw the driver and what the car looked like. I gave my information to the police. The man who got hit got a license plate #. I was contacted in Jan 2012 by this man's lawyer that the owner of the license plate # is denying it was in an accident. I have had paperwork I filled out for the insurance company of this women's car. Been playing phone tag with her insurance company for my statement. I can only describe the driver and what the car looked like which I guess isn't even close to this womens car. I did not see the license plate nor can I say definitely if this women is the one that hit his car.This past month the man that was hit has been calling me at least twice a week asking me to call the Insurance Company and talk to another investigator and to talk to his lawyer again. I'm feeling harassed at this time because I can't make a positive ID and to be honest I don't know what he is even trying to sue for there was no damage to his car nor has he been out of work because my brother in law works with him. Ive said what I had to do I have to continue to repeat my story especially to him?
Your obligation as a witness is to tell the truth. Best bet is to contact the insurance company and tell them exactly what you saw, so you won't keep getting badgered to call them and so the case can get settled without you having to be dragged into court for a trial. Make sense?
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If your asking what to do contact the man's lawyer and simple tell the truth; just as you would want if the roles were reversed.
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You have no legal obligation other than to comply with a subpoena to give a deposition or testify at trial. However, if you have information that could help the victim then I would encourage you to do so just as you would want a witness to help you if the situation was reversed. You early help now might save you from being subpoened later and having to miss work for a deposition and/or trial.
I am a former federal and State prosecutor and now handle criminal defense and personal injury/civil rights cases. Feel free to check out my web site and contact me at (212) 385-8015 or via email at [email protected] The above answer is for informational purposes only and not meant as legal advice.
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