3 Tips On Filing A Police Report After A Car Accident Occurs
When you are involved in a car crash, it’s always recommended to file a police report regarding the incident. Filing a police report ensures that there is ample documentation of the accident. It also helps make sure that all parties are protected and held responsible for their actions.
Most states require that law enforcement be contacted following a car accident. Even in cases where it is not required, it is still proper to do so. Here are three tips for filing a police report after a car accident occurs so that the entire process goes smoothly.
After The Accident, Call The Police ASAP
Whether you are in a rush or not, never leave the scene of the car accident until the authorities have arrived and taken a full report. Do not engage with the other driver, and don’t speak to their lawyer or insurance company either. As soon as the police are there, cooperate with them and explain the incident as accurately as you can. However, do not admit to fault for anything until you have spoken to your attorney.
After talking with the responding officers, ask for their names and badge numbers. This way, you can follow up with them on any details you may need to provide your attorney or insurance company. Do not forget this step as it involves important information your attorney can use in handling your case.
Collect All The Evidence You Can
Before you leave the scene of the accident, if you are able to, collect evidence that you can to present to the police, your lawyer, and your insurance company later on. Take photos of all the vehicles involved and your injuries before going to the hospital. If there are any witnesses who are willing to help, you can record their statements on your phone as well.
In order to avoid causing any form of misunderstanding, it is best to ask for permission from the driver/s involved before taking their photographs for evidence.
Filing Your Report
In the rare case that no respondents arrive after someone calls 911 or you are unable to contact the police for whatever reason, file your own police report as soon as you are able to. If you have successfully collected the evidence previously mentioned, filing a full report should not be too difficult.
If you bring the involved driver with you to make a statement, you can prevent them from providing the police with a false statement when you are not around. If the police refuse to take your report because none of the people involved were injured, bring your evidence to an auto accident attorney as soon as possible.
Properly filing a police report following a car accident can help you in case the incident escalates into a lawsuit or a claim. It also helps to have an accurate record of events should you plan on filing a claim yourself.
To navigate the ins and outs of a claim, it is best to have proper legal representation on your side. Justice Pays specializes in personal injury cases as well as automobile, motorcycle, and pedestrian accident cases or claims. Contact our team today to discover what we can do for you.