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This page is a guide to help you prepare a witness statement. It is important to complete your statement using your own details and based on your own circumstances. If you need more help, you should get legal advice.
Witness statements should be prepared by people who saw or heard something related to the car accident. If you are asking a person to prepare a witness statement for you, you can print off these instructions and give it to them to help them complete their statement.
For an example of a completed statement, see Sample witness statement – car accidents.
It is important that the witness statement:
The witness statement should also include the following:
If the statement includes a conversation it should be set out in speech marks as accurately as possible. If the witness can't remember exactly what was said, they can say "words to the effect of". For example, I walked over to the driver of the silver car and said "Are you okay?". He said words to the effect of "No the green Rav4 just reversed into my car".
A witness should finish their statement with: