Why an Accident Report is Crucial to Your Claim

police reportHave you ever been involved in a car crash and wondered what you should do next? After making sure that everyone is okay and does not require immediate medical attention, call the police. In many cases, the police officer will come to the scene and write an accident report. This report can be very important for your personal injury claim.

Although an accident report itself is not typically admissible as evidence in court, it is used as a great source of information as to the basic facts of the accident such as location, time, driver information, witness statements, police narrative, and more.

If you call the police and they do not come, you are not completely out of luck. Make sure that you exchange information with the other party and take photos before leaving the scene. The most important information that you will want may include: name and contact information, vehicle description and license plate number, insurance carrier and policy number, and any witness contact information. Then you may visit the nearest precinct to file a report with the information gathered. This also applies if you originally left the scene without calling 911, but later decide that you would like an accident report filed.

Why is a police report so important? Other than giving the basic facts surrounding the accident, it can reduce the likelihood of the at fault driver switching the narrative. Often times, drivers who cause the accident do not want to call the police. They may try to convince the innocent party that the accident was not a big deal and that the injuries are not that serious.

After you have been in an accident, you should contact a personal injury attorney to help you navigate the claims process. If you have not done so already, your attorney can help you get a police report filed and ensure you have sought medical treatment.

If you or someone you love has been injured in an automobile accident, call us today for a free consultation! PHONE CARDONE at 504-522-3333, 833-597-1818 (toll-free), 225-706-3920 (Baton Rouge office), or email us at c@phonecardone.com.

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