A car accident police report can be very helpful if the other driver was mostly or completely at fault for an accident. You’ll be required to provide information to the responding officer, who will also speak with the other driver(s) involved in the accident as well as any witnesses.
Using Information from a Car Accident Police Report
Reporting a car accident is the law when damage to a vehicle is greater than $1,000 or someone has been injured or killed. A failure to contact the authorities could prevent you from recovering compensation, even if you would otherwise be entitled to receive it.
The officer who responds to the scene will fill out a car accident police report. Some of the information contained within the report will include the officer’s assessment of who was at fault. This could be supported by notes indicating careless actions that may have contributed to the crash, such as a driver texting. Or, it may include any violation of traffic laws and tickets that were issued as a result, all of which can help establish that the other driver was to blame for the accident.
If there were witnesses to the accident, their statements could be included in the report as well. This may help in establishing your side of the story if the witnesses saw the other driver cause the accident.
The report may also note the damage to the vehicles, which may help demonstrate what happened to cause the accident. For instance, a basic example would be if the other driver has frontal damage and you have side damage.
If the accident took place at an intersection, and the driver was cited for running a red light, the description of the damage and any pictures of it can help demonstrate the other driver’s fault.
If the weather conditions were poor, the officer may note that in the report, too. It can show that the other driver may have been traveling too fast given the conditions.
Legal Advice after a Car Accident
If you have been injured, not only is reporting a car accident important, but so is seeking legal advice from an attorney. Brent Adams & Associates can help you determine if you have a viable claim and how a car accident police report may help.