Do you need a police report if another driver caused your car accident? Yes, it will contain vital information helpful to your claim for compensation.

Why a Police Report Is Important to Your Car Crash Claim for Compensation

You may be tempted not to contact the police if you do not believe that you suffered injuries or that your vehicle was badly damaged in an auto accident caused by another driver. However, symptoms of traumatic brain injury, back and spinal cord injuries, internal organ damage, and other injuries can take days or longer to develop, and your vehicle could have been more seriously damaged than you thought. You do not want to weaken your claim for compensation by not obtaining a copy of your police report.

Important Information Contained in Auto Accident Police Reports

When you file your claim with the negligent driver’s insurance company, the insurance adjuster assigned to your case will ask for a copy of the police report. While your claim should not be denied simply because you do not have a police report, this can make it harder for your experienced car accident attorney to settle your claim for what it is worth. Here is some of the information contained in a police report that could be helpful to your claim:

  • Contact information. The police report will contain contact information for the driver, his insurance company, and witnesses to the accident. If possible, you also want to obtain witness contact information on your own because neutral witnesses who corroborate how the accident occurred can help prove the other driver’s fault in causing your wreck. There is no guarantee that the police will interview all of them.
  • Narration of the accident. The report will provide the basic details of the date, time, and place of the accident. It will also include a narration of how the crash occurred, weather and road conditions, and damage to the vehicles. The officer may also include his conclusions as to who was at fault in causing the wreck.
  • Statements of drivers. The police report could include statements from the other drivers involved in the crash. The negligent driver’s statement may be incriminating and may be helpful in settlement negotiations with his insurance company.
  • Injuries. The police report should contain information about injuries any of the victims suffered, which can help you prove that your injuries were caused by the collision and not another event.
  • Diagrams and pictures. In more serious accidents, the police report may include a diagram of the crash scene and pictures taken by the officer.
  • Citations. The police report will note whether or not the other driver received a traffic citation or was charged with a more serious traffic offense.

Were you or a family member injured in a car accident that was not your fault? Our experienced car accident attorneys can obtain a copy of your police report as part of our investigation of your claim. Call our office today to schedule a free consultation to learn more about how we can help you recover the compensation you deserve.