What is a Car Accident Police Report and How Can it Help Me?

No matter if your car accident was minor or serious, it is important that the police are contacted. You might need this police report to show to your own insurance company, or it might be needed if you need to file a personal injury claim. Keep reading to learn what will be included in this report and how it can help you. Then contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.

It Will Include the Basics of the Accident

First and foremost, the police report is going to contain the basic facts of the accident. These are the issues that are likely uncontested, such as the date, time, and location of the accident. This sets the scene so that you can avoid arguing over the details and can instead discuss who was at fault and why they are liable for your injuries.

It Will Contain Contact Information

The police report will also include contact information for the driver, information about the driver’s insurance company, and contact information for any witnesses the police talked to. You can gather this information yourself, but if you were not able to do so at the scene, the police report is a great place to find what you need.

It Will Likely Contain Information from the Driver

If the police can, they will talk to the other driver at the scene of the accident, and anything the driver said can be included in the police report. This could include an admission of guilt or details from the other driver that could show they were at fault.

It Will Contain a Basic Narrative of Events

The police report should include information on what led up to the accident and what caused it, as well as what the officer has concluded. None of this information is unimpeachable, as the police officer is only able to make a decision based on obvious evidence at the scene. However, this information can be important to your case.

It Will Contain Information on Damage Done to Vehicles

The officer will note what they have seen as far as damage goes. They will note where the damage is and how serious it is. They are likely to include a diagram of the accident scene as well as the vehicles, and to further diagram where the damage was on the vehicles.

The Police Report is a Good Place to Start

When you first contact a personal injury attorney, we can get access to the police report and it will be a good place for us to start. Whether you have it or not, call The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker now at 800-333-0000 so we can get started with a free legal consultation.