May 5, 2020 |
The Barnes Firm
Following a car accident, it is important to file a police report to ensure all the details are legally documented. Doing so will protect everyone involved in the accident. Of course, this means, any time you are involved in a car accident, no matter how small, you should contact local law enforcement.
Remember not all injuries and damages are apparent at the scene, and filing a report will keep the details of what happened accurate. In some states, it is a legal requirement to notify police, while in others they will determine whether or not they are needed on the scene. Either way, by notifying the local police, you are protecting yourself and your interests and obeying the law.
What Exactly is a Police Report?
A police report is a full record of a car accident. It contains information which could be crucial to you should you choose to file a personal injury claim. You should never leave a scene until the police have completed their report. The report can ensure you are protected in the event legal problems come as a result of the accident. Within the police report you will find a list of all those involved in the accident, any witness statements gathered, insurance information, and other facts or evidence which be helpful to you, your legal team, and ultimately, your case.
Filing a Police Report is Not Automatically Making an Insurance Claim
A police report is simply a legal record of the details of the accident. You will then have to decide if you want to file an insurance claim. In some cases, when damages are small and there are no injuries, the parties involved will make the necessary financial arrangements, rather than filing an insurance claim. Keep in mind, that going this route can put you at risk in the future. The accident report can provide your insurance company with a precise report of what happened and help them handle your claim appropriately and represent you properly should any questions or issues arise.
Police on the Scene
Following a car crash, even a minor one, you face a great deal of stress. In many cases, as a result, your judgement may not be at its best. The police office on the scene has the training and experience to help you. They will question everyone involved, dealing with third parties so you don’t have to, and recording all the details required. Plus, if injuries present days later as a result of the accident, the record of the incident can help you get the insurance coverage you need for medical care and treatment.
The police officers on the scene will not only provide support to you, but to all involved, gathering all the needed information to complete the police report. They will also call emergency services which are needed but may not have arrived on the scene. Police officers are also quick to spot questionable circumstances, helping you avoid scams, and giving citations for violations and negligence. You should see that you get the card or direct contact information for the office who filed your accident report in case you recall additional details which need to be reported.
Call on the Barnes Firm if You Need Guidance Following an Accident
If you have been involved in a car accident, “Act Now and Call on the Barnes Firm at 1-800-8-million (1-800-800-0000).” The expert, experienced attorneys at The Barnes Firm are ready to come alongside you and guide you to a positive outcome following your accident.