Filing a police report in the aftermath of an auto accident can be one of the most important steps in ensuring that the details of the accident are documented. By filing a report, you will also be ensuring that your rights are protected.
If you have been involved in a car accident that resulted in injury, you have the legal right to seek financial compensation for the injuries you sustained. Filing a police report can help to establish your credibility as a victim. For more information regarding police reports and car accidents, consult the legal advice of a knowledgeable attorney that has experience in handling personal injury claims.
When to File a Police Report
Depending on the law in which the accident took place, filing a police report may not be mandatory. Typically, when an accident occurs, a police officer will respond to the incident. It is important to understand that this is not always the case, even if emergency services have been contacted. In the event that a police officer did not respond to the scene, you have the right to file a report in the appropriate police department.
If you have been involved in an auto accident, you should consider filing a police report even if the accident was minimal. Physical injuries may not always be apparent immediately after the incident. Injuries can sometimes become noticeable days after the injury has occurred. Filing a police report will record details of the incident that will help to establish facts of the case.
Filing a Personal Injury Claim
Filing a police report does not entail filing a personal injury claim. The police report can help to establish your credibility in the accident but can also help to strengthen your personal injury claim. In order to file a personal injury claim against the negligent party that caused your injuries, speak to an attorney who can guide you through the process.
Other Important Elements that Can Help Your Claim
While filing a police report will be one of the most fundamental parts of your personal injury claim, it is not the only important element. Other important elements that could strengthen your claim may include the following:
- Seeking immediate medical attention that will also help to establish a medical record,
- Take pictures of the scene that could demonstrate how the accident could have occurred,
- Take pictures of the vehicles involved as well as the damage made to those vehicles,
- Collect the personal contact information of witnesses at the scene, and
- Write down as much detail as possible about the event.
Seek Legal Support
Filing a police report is one of many essential parts of a personal injury claim that will not only help to secure your rights as a victim, it will also help to strengthen your claim. If you have suffered injuries as a result of an auto accident, you may have the opportunity to seek financial compensation for the injuries you sustained. Seek the legal advice of a professional attorney that has experience in personal injury claims.
Attorney Albert E. Hirst has extensive experience in dealing with auto accident claims. He is dedicated to helping victims obtain financial restitution for injuries caused by the negligence of another. Personal injury claims are time sensitive; speak to a qualified attorney as soon as possible.