Car accident

Can a 12 year old serve as a witness to a car
accident in illinois. Twelve year old was
involved in the accident

Asked on October 20, 2017 under Insurance Law, Illinois


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Yes, a child or minor may be a witness to a car accident. The court (e.g. judge, jury) may not take their testimony as seriously as that of an adult, due to less life experience and a still-developing brain, but that doesn't mean they can't testify, just that their age and maturity is taken into account in evaluating their testimony.

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