When a car accident occurs, a victim may be left with serious injuries. These injuries may result in substantial financial and emotional strain. Victims may face long-term medical treatment and rehabilitation. In addition, they may be unable to return to work to pay these costs and support themselves and their families. In order to obtain the compensation a victim deserves after an accident, it is crucial to have supporting evidence to show that another driver was at fault.
An Overview of Police Reports Following Car Accidents
After an accident, a police report serves as strong evidence as to who was responsible or liable for the crash. If you have never been involved in an accident in the past, you may be unfamiliar with this documentation. The following is an overview of what the police may do in the aftermath of an accident:
- A police officer may come to the scene of a car accident, especially when injuries are involved.
- If a police officer does not show up at the accident scene, the parties involved in the crash may need to call the local police station to request assistance.
- If no officer arrives at the scene, the victim may need to go to the police station and file a report.
- After an accident report is filed, an investigator may conduct an additional inquiry. If this is the case, it is important to obtain a copy of these reports for your records.
- A police report contains the written recollections of the officer who studied the accident. Examples of the type of information often contained in a police report include the officer’s opinion as to the speed the cars were travelling, an observation of the length of any skid-marks, whether there was suspicion of any driver impairment or distraction, or and whether any traffic tickets were issued at the scene of the crash.
After an accident, it is important not to underestimate the value of the police report to your claim for compensation. It is a valuable piece of evidence that can support your claim. In some cases, insurance companies may even refuse to issue a liability report until a police report is obtained.
Understanding the importance of an accurate police report is a crucial step towards protecting your legal rights. To learn more about avoiding mistakes that could undermine the strength of your claim after a crash, read our free book, Don’t Wreck Your Injury Claim! 10 Rules of the Road to Win Your Accident Case in Missouri and Kansas.