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Do I stop if I see a car crash?

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Bahh Tue 28-Feb-17 17:06:46

Not a bad one but guy was on his phone, went into the back of another guy who then went into back of another guy. I saw it all - do I go up and tell them in case they need a witness or is that being a busy body?

SnowBallsAreHere Tue 28-Feb-17 17:07:56

You might offer the 1st created car your email, if they want a witness.
Doubt the man on his phone wants a witness grin

barinatxe Tue 28-Feb-17 17:08:08

Yes, morally you should tell them. If someone crashed into you and it was your word against theirs, would you want a witness to come forward?

SnowBallsAreHere Tue 28-Feb-17 17:08:19

Crashed. Not created

ineedamoreadultieradult Tue 28-Feb-17 17:09:14

Yes in that instance I would give the middle man my number and say if he requires a witness to let me know.

Bahh Tue 28-Feb-17 17:09:37

I went up but the guy on his phone shooed me away. Feel a bit of an interfering pillock now blush

Rainmaker1 Tue 28-Feb-17 17:10:11

Shouldn't bother for a small shunt like this. The guy on phone is at fault regardless whether he was on the phone or not. Will be pretty cut and dried

FannyWisdom Tue 28-Feb-17 17:10:58

Yep you are the ideal. An independent witness.

Hulababy Tue 28-Feb-17 17:13:28

I imagine the man on the phone did want to shoo you away tbh - however, the other driver may well have been happy to have your details. You'd be an independent witness so useful for insurance companies, etc.

5moreminutes Tue 28-Feb-17 17:13:54

Yes tell them.

Many years ago a man came out of a side street and knocked me off my motorbike in a busy urban area - I was very grateful to the several pedestrians and the van driver who can over to check I was ok and offer to be witnesses (I was young and the middle aged guys who was driving the car was refusing to speak even to exchange details, he just leant against his car and watched - his insurance paid out, I wouldn't have been surprised if he'd tried to back up and drive off if there weren't so many witnesses willing to say what they saw).

5moreminutes Tue 28-Feb-17 17:15:15

Of course the guy on his phone shooed you away! It was his fault!

Bahh Tue 28-Feb-17 17:17:10

I think the third guy was on the phone to the police. Have taken the number plates - reckon I should call 101 later just to be sure? Middle guy probably would have taken details but like I say first guy shooed me away and said it wasn't a big deal and middle guy was just busy looking at his car so didn't say yes or no. May not have been obvious to the other two that the first guy was on his phone, don't want him playing like it was an innocent accident.

sparepantsandtoothbrush Tue 28-Feb-17 17:25:55

Yes I'd phone 101 and let them know you're happy to act as a witness

SloanyAnne Tue 28-Feb-17 17:32:43

Yes. Contact the police. If the guy who caused the accident was on his phone whilst driving, they need to know.

carefreeeee Tue 28-Feb-17 17:38:32

I would. Someone may well be very grateful. It's surprising how people try and blame others for stuff that was clearly their fault. Plus you can witness that he was on the phone and he'll get punished, which he deserves for such stupid reckless behaviour.

MrsderPunkt Tue 28-Feb-17 17:39:14

Yes, I'd stop, speak to them, give details and take pictures of those involved too, to stop any fake passengers claiming injury.

ImperialBlether Tue 28-Feb-17 17:39:57

Definitely! No wonder the phone guy told you to go away!

eurochick Tue 28-Feb-17 17:44:26

Yes, definitely. Call 101, give the plates and say you witnessed it.

Rainmaker1 Tue 28-Feb-17 17:58:18

It's a small shunt folks, clear who's at fault. What do you expect the police to do about it?

scurryfunge Tue 28-Feb-17 18:02:52

If there is no injury, the police do not need to be involved if everyone has complied with the Road Traffic Act. Only stop if it is safe to do so. Do not be another casualty.

FannyWisdom Tue 28-Feb-17 18:05:29

Even the phone bloke may end up grateful if the two other cars suddenly are packed to the gills with glass necked passengers when the claim hits.

WillWorkForShoes Tue 28-Feb-17 18:12:22

Yes. I was very grateful for the witness to my car accident who could back up that the guy just drove into the side of me. When I rang the insurance company to report it, I was put on hold for 5 minutes whilst the insurance rang the witness and then it was all sorted.

I would also say, it's not always clear who is at fault because occasionally people are not always honest.

ForalltheSaints Tue 28-Feb-17 18:30:30

Yes, you should be a witness. Hope the man with the phone is prosecuted.

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